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Chris Eubank Jr gutted after fight cancellation

Chris Eubank Jr has admitted that news of his recent fight cancellation "didn't seem real".

The British boxer was due to take on Anatoli Muratov on Saturday (02.10.21) in a middleweight fight but his opponent, a late replacement for the Covid-stricken Sven Elbir, was not cleared to fight on medical grounds and the bout was called off at the last minute.

Eubank Jr told Sky Sports News: "Nothing like this has ever happened in my career. First opponent gets Covid, second opponent fails a medical the day of the fight. It's surreal. It doesn't seem real."

The fighter is still hopeful of returning to the ring later this month as he continues his quest to become a world champion.

He said: "Everything happens for a reason and the plan now is to fight in two weeks' time. We're still on route. The plan is still to fight this month, so we're OK.

"There's plenty of opponents and it will be a good fight. It will be the right fight."

Eubank Jr is expected to receive a mandatory WBA title shot and is also looking to fight again before the end of the year.

He said: "The plan was and still is to fight in December. We need to fight this month, so that I can have enough time to rest and then have a new training camp for a fight in December.

"It's vital that I get out this month and fight, because a big name or a world title fight is waiting for me in December."

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