Chris Eubank Jr says the news of his fight cancellation was “surreal,” but the middleweight contender still plans to return to the ring this month.
Eubank Jr was informed on Saturday morning that substitute opponent Anatoli Muratov had not been released to fight for medical reasons and that the match would have to be called off.
The 32-year-old was originally set to face Sven Elbir, who tested positive for Covid-19, and Eubank Jr has revealed his disbelief at the dramatic delay.
The fight is out my opponent has failed a medical exam, sick now box later this month. Apologies 2 everyone who bought tickets no one is more disappointed than me. Life goes on 2 throw these obstacles at me but I’m a man of faith, in the end everything will come true as it’s supposed to 2
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) October 2, 2021
He told Sky Sports News: “This has never happened in my career. The first opponent gets Covid, the second opponent fails on the day of the fight for a medical. It’s surreal. It doesn’t seem real.
“Everything happens for a reason and the plan now is to fight in two weeks. We’re still on the road. The plan is still to fight this month, so we’re okay.
“Listen, I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow morning. I’ll carry on like this never happened and then I’ll prepare for the next fight, which will be in a few weeks.
“There are enough opponents and it will be a good fight. It will be the right fight.”
Eubank Jr is targeting IBF World Champion Gennadiy Golovkin, but is also expected to receive a mandatory WBA title shot.
“The plan was and still is to fight in December,” he said. “We have to fight this month so that I have enough time to rest and then have a new training camp for a fight in December.
“It is vital that I get out and fight this month, because in December a big name or a battle for the world title awaits me.”