Chris Eubank Jnr will defend his IBO World Super Middleweight against Arthur Abraham at Wembley Arena on 15 July, live on pay-per-view with ITV Box Office.
Promoted by Poxon Sports, in conjunction with Sauerland Promotion, the bout will be Eubank’s second fight live on ITV’s fledgling pay-per-view service, with their debut fight back in February seeing Eubank claim his title after defeating Renold Quinlan at London’s Olympia.
This time Eubank faces a different proposition in the 37-year-old Abraham who previously held the WBO super middleweight title twice between 2012 and 2016 and has over 50 bouts to his name.
The pair will trade blows in London this July in a fight that will see Eubank Jr step up to the world stage for the first time at super-middleweight.
Speaking at a press conference to launch the fight, hosted by ITV Sport presenter Mark Pougatch, Eubank said:
“Anybody that steps into the ring I have respect for, but this is my time now. This is the next generation. I have been preparing all my life to fight the best and now i’ve got the opportunity to fight one of the top super-middleweight’s in the world.”
Although fighting for the first time on UK soil, the German veteran Abraham, 37, is no stranger to British boxers having previously shared the ring with Carl Froch, Paul Smith and Martin Murray in a series of memorable World title fights.
Facing Abraham represents a step up for Eubank, who was due to battle Gennady Golovkin in September last year until a disagreement over the contract meant the plug was pulled.
Chris Eubank Snr also made a late appearance at the launch press conference and spoke about who his son needed to face in the future.
“He needs to face the champions, it seems that the job has been done so well that the champions don’t want to fight him. Why will DeGale not fight him? We’ve been calling him out. That’s not right for an IBF champion. If you’re a champion, defend your title.”
Eubank Jr’s bout against Abraham will be the second headline fight to feature on ITV’s new pay-per-view Box Office channel, which launched on Sky and Virgin platforms in January ahead of its first show at Olympia in early February.
ITV did face some criticism from viewers on its opening pay-per-view venture, with many viewers experiencing technical issues with the service on the Sky platform.
Details of ITV’s full on-air line-up, which will be led by presenter Mark Pougatch from ringside at Wembley Arena, as well as booking and pricing details for the event will be confirmed in due course.
For the latest news and updates, visit the official ITV Box Office website – itvboxoffice.co.uk.