This weekend sees more action in the World Boxing Super Series tournament – we’ve got all your details right here.
This Saturday is the latest from the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight (168 lb.) tournament. So far, Callum Smith has advanced to the semi-finals – now we will welcome a semi-finalist to the other side of the bracket when Chris Eubank, Jr. (25-1; 19 KO) takes on Avni Yildirim (16-0; 10 KO). The fight is for Eubank’s IBO title. Eubank vs. Yildirim takes place this Saturday, October 7 in Stuttgart, Germany. The card has a listed fight time of 1:15 p.m. ET, but the main event should go on at roughly 5:00 p.m. ET. WBSS cards now air in the US on Audience for the very, very limited number of people who get that, and you can visit worldboxingsuperseries for possible streaming options if they make them available.
How do these two stack up?
Eubank: 28 years old | 5’11” | 72.5″ reach | orthodox stance
Yildirim: 26 years old | 5’11″ | 70″ reach | orthodox stance
What have these two done recently?
Eubank: W – Arthur Abraham (UD) | W – Renald Quinlan (TKO) | W – Tom Doran (TKO)
Yildirim: W – Marco Antonio Periban (UD) | W – Aliaksandr Sushchyts (KO) | W – Schiller Hyppolite (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Chris Eubank, Jr. has an obvious weight to carry in the form of his father/trainer’s considerable pedigree. So far he’s handled that rather well – he lost to Billy Joe Saunders in 2014 and is 7-0 since. He comes in off a strong win, defeating Arthur Abraham in July. He’s been fighting consistently good opponents for awhile now, and he hasn’t really faltered, though he’s also yet to pick up that one really big win. Ring Magazine ranks him at #7 in the division, which feels right, though it also seems highly possible he’s only moving up from there.
Avni Yildirim is a Turkish fighter, and one of the least known boxers in either of the WBSS tournaments. He’s fought primarily in Europe in his brief 3 1/2 year career. He does come in off the biggest win of his career – a May defeat of Marco Antonio Periban where Yildirim travelled to Mexico to take out the Golden Boy prospect. Periban has suffered losses and shown himself to not exactly be elite, but when you look at who else has defeated him (J’Leon Love, James DeGale, Sakio Bika), you see it’s pretty good company for Yildirim to be in at this early stage of his career. Yildirim is a former Light Heavyweight, so big for the division, and has won as a road warrior underdog a number of times in his career – he’s not the favorite here, but he is something of a tournament dark horse.
What can fans expect?
Eubank is the known fighter with the bigger wins, so he is understandably the favorite (currently at -650 to +425 for Yildirim on Bovada). If you’re looking to pick Yildirim, you’re basing it on one of two things. Either you think Eubank is overrated and is prime to be exposed, or you think Yildirim is one of those Julius Indongo style sleepers who has been fighting on a smaller level but is waiting to get the big time exposure and shine. And frankly, both of those are very real possibilities. Smart money says Eubank can be more technical and outpoint his way to a win using a varied attack. But I see Yildirim’s size being tough for Eubank to deal with – if he uses it well, he can outmuscle and wear down Eubank, who may or may not be able to deal with a more grueling war of attrition type fight. I’m probably wrong here, but I’ll take the upset.
Prediction: Avni Yildirim, late KO
Who should watch?
Same thing I said for last week’s WBSS fight – it depends if you can find it. Everyone loves a tournament, and this should be a solid quarterfinal.