British middleweight champion Nick Blackwell couldn’t have seemed more excited for Saturday’s action to get underway when he spoke to BNTV. The 25-year-old believes Eubank’s defensive vulnerabilities and lack of experience in tough fights will be decisive on the night. He told us:
“You can’t clip Eubank with one single shot because he’ll recover – he’s fit. If you hit him with two or three shots, it might be different. I think against Spike [O’Sullivan] he did everything wrong. From round one he walked in square on. He must have felt the power because he backed away a bit. If Spike had continued to catch him clean on the chin, he could’ve knocked Eubank out.
“I’m 100% right now. My fitness is good, my weight’s good, I’ve got no injuries and no excuses. It’s going to be a war from round one. I’ve had those experiences when things get tough in the ring; he hasn’t. He’s had it easier – a lot easier than me. Even in my last two fights I’ve gone in injured or ill, and mentally pulled myself through 12 rounds with a poker face on.”
In spite of his confidence, Blackwell also acknowledged this as the biggest and most important fight of his career. Should he pull through and defend his British strap, he believes big names will coming knocking, including a certain Gennady Golovkin, who he is more than willing to fight for a generous sum of £1 million.
“It’s massive. This is the biggest fight of my career. A win would catapult me towards big names, big fights and big money. It’s a life-changing fight for me. I knew it was happening since before Christmas – I’ve been training so hard. I wouldn’t ever say no to a fight. Put Golovkin on the table if he’s struggling for opponents. I’ll fight him. It would actually be quite interesting to see how hard he hits!
“Give me a million quid and yeah… why not! Golovkin is at his own level, but he’s a human being and everyone’s beatable. Right now I don’t think I’m quite ready to fight him, but if my team think I’m ready, in my head I’ll be ready. It would be great to make some money. I don’t want to be taking punches for the rest of my life, so if the Golovkin fight was there, I’d take it.”
The world title path will be well and truly paved for the winner of Nick Blackwell vs. Chris Eubank Jr. tomorrow night, and you can catch all the action live on Channel 5. Tickets are still available to attend the event at the SSE Arena, Wembley by visiting http://www.axs.com/events/307255/blackwell-vs-eubank-jr-tickets.