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Video: Chris Eubank Jr. starches Avni Yildirim, advances to WBSS semifinals

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Chris Eubank Jr. secured his spot in the World Boxing Super Series semifinals with a sensational knockout win over the previously undefeated Avni Yildirim.

In the second of four quarterfinal matchups at the World Boxing Super Series 168-pound tournament, England’s Chris Eubank Jr. (26-0, 20 KOs) turned in a scintillating performance against Turkey’s Avni Yildirim (16-1, 10 KOs) in front of a pro-Yildirim crowd in Stuttgart, Germany. The favored Eubank put Yildirim down on an uppercut in round 1, Yildirim did well to fight back in round 2, and then the two combatants swung for the fences early in round 3. Ultimately, the speed, explosiveness, and accuracy of Eubank’s punches were far too much for Yildirim to handle. With a series of big shots getting through Yildirim’s faltering defensive guard, a vicious left hook by Eubank put Yildirim down and out, with the referee not even bothering to issue a count.

Here’s the finish from several angles, including the referee cam.

With this fantastic and emphatic victory, Eubank Jr. is set to face the winner of George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) vs. Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs), which will happen next Saturday in London, England.

Here’s the updated World Boxing Super Series bracket.

WBSS Super Middleweight Tournament

Quarterfinals

#1 “Saint” George Groves (WBA champion – 26-3, 19 KO) vs Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KO) – October 14th in London, England

#3 Chris “Next Gen” Eubank Jr (26-1, 20 KO) def. Avni “Mr. Robot” Yildirim (16-1, 10 KO) by KO, round 3

#2 Callum “Mundo” Smith (23-0, 17 KO) def. Erik Skoglund (26-1, 12 KO) by unanimous decision

#4 Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KO) vs Rob “Bravo” Brant (22-0, 15 KO) – October 27th in Schwerin, Germany

Semifinals (Jan/Feb 2018)

Groves/Cox winner vs. Chris Eubank Jr.

Callum Smith vs. Braehmer/Brant winner

Final (May 2018)

TBA vs. TBD


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