Chris Eubank Jr vs Arthur Abraham set for July 15

07/06/2017 18:18

IBO super middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (24-1, 19 KOs) will fight former two-time super middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs) on July 15 at the SSE Wembley Arena in London.

The scheduled 12-round bout will be for Eubank's minor world title, which he won when he defeated little-known Renold Quinlan by 10th round TKO in February.

Eubank has won six fights in a row since his only loss, a split decision to bitter rival Billy Joe Saunders for the European, British and Commonwealth middleweight titles in November 2014. Saunders is now the reigning WBO middleweight champion.

But Eubank, 27, has only fought low-level opposition since the Saunders defeat and Abraham, 37, represents a return to world-class level.

However, Abraham, also a former middleweight world champion, lost his WBO 168lb title by a one-sided decision against Mexico's Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez in April 2016, so Eubank may be catching the German at the right time. Although Abraham has since won his last two fights.

"I respect every fighter," said Eubank. "Anyone who enters the ring has my respect but it’s my time now. I’m the next generation."

Abraham said: "I’m very happy to be fighting here in England. I’m looking forward to it and I think it will be a good fight."