Glenn McCrory has backed Chris Eubank Jr to stop James DeGale late on in their fight at the 02 Arena.
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Chris Eubank Jr wants to retire James DeGale on Saturday night
The consensus amongst fans and critics alike is that former IBF champion DeGale will be too slick and too skilful for the younger man.
However, as the fight progresses, the 33-year-old has a tendency to switch off in the middle of fights and empty his gas tank.
Although Eubank Jr may not have the same pedigree or amateur experience as the 2004 Olympic Gold medallist, his ferocious work rate and incredible durability make him a dangerous opponent.
And the former IBF Cruiserweight world champion believes it is this high-intensity which could work in Eubank Jr’s favour.
“He [Eubank Jr] has always shown star quality,” McCrory told Jim White on talkSPORT.
“It’s just not refined and it’s never had any thought going into it or any direction. There’s just been a lack of co-ordination.
“And I don’t think that’s anybody’s fault – he’s wanted to be this free spirit that thinks he can do it all by himself. And he can’t, none of us can.
“I just think he needs the direction, he needs to listen. He’s a talent!”
DeGale has achieved he could have possibly ever wanted in the sport
Having been guided by his hugely successful father throughout the start of his career, Eubank Jr was exposed in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series last February.
Former WBA champion George Groves proved too wily and too clever for the reckless youngster, who was outclassed in Manchester.
Now with Nate Vasquez, Eubank Jr’s
decision to hire his first ever professional trainer has surprised many, including McCrory.
“He’s took on a coach from the Mayweather camp. People say he’s very good, he’s worked with some good champs and this sort of thing.
Eubank Jr was outclassed by Groves, who cruised to a unanimous decision win
“The fact that he is listening to anybody, because anybody could have told him what was going wrong in the George Groves fight couldn’t they? So I just think that’s what it needs.
“It’s also about James DeGale. A terrific fighter; an Olympic champion, a world champion, he has done everything that has been asked of him.
“But has he really got, at this stage in his career, the hunger? I don’t think, if he is put in a really tough fight that he will have that.
“We saw that when he lost to Caleb Truax when he just didn’t have anything. And if I had been in his corner, no disrespect, I would have said ‘You have had a great career, but that’s it – time to go.’
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When pushed for a verdict by the talkSPORT panel, McCrory admitted he could see a shock unfolding in the capital.
“I’m expecting it to go to the later stages. I would not be surprised if there is a stoppage, if Eubank won by a stoppage.
“If he’s just too busy, got too much, too full of hunger.”