Chris Eubank Jnr on how new trainer Roy Jones Jnr can drive his career forward

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Chris Eubank Jnr had to swap his McLaren sports car for a rusty pick-up truck in training camp but reckons Roy Jones Jnr is the perfect man to drive his career forward.

The 31-year-old said he needed to find one of the all-time greats of the sport to take his corner before he would accept a trainer could navigate him to the top.

The Brighton middleweight and son of former world champion, Chris Snr, has been known for refusing to appoint a big-name coach throughout his career.

Eubank Jnr had his father's old trainer Ronnie Davies in the past but he was always adamant he was his own boss while his dad even did his corner for some fights.

But now he has teamed up with Jones Jnr, one of the finest fighters to ever grace the ring, he is listening intently ahead of their first fight together this weekend against Marcus Morrison at Manchester Arena.

Eubank Jnr said: “One of the reasons I found it hard to have a trainer before is because you are listening to guys telling you to do this and that but in the back of my mind I'm thinking, 'How do you know?'

“Not to say to be a great trainer you have to be an accomplished fighter because a lot of them aren't.

“But it's a mental thing with me, it's hard for me to trust someone less talented.

“That's why I stayed on my own and did my own thing.

“Everything Roy says is tried and tested, if he's telling you something you can go and watch it on YouTube and see it work.”

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Eubank Jnr and Jones' relationship blossomed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Brighton-born bruiser was training in Las Vegas when the pandemic hit and gyms began to shut down.

But he knew the four-weight world champion had his own private gym on his farm in Pensacola, Florida after a chance meeting in March of last year.

So he got his father to ask if he could train there.

There was no plan to team up but it soon became apparent to Eubank Jnr he had to hire Jones.

But there are some challenges for the son of the British boxing great and that is getting into the gym on the dusty farmland.

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“You are walking past farmyard animals, and even animals I haven't seen before like armadillos, snakes and racoons, to get into the gym,” he said.

“Once you're able to get your head around that, the learning part is easy. If I can deal with getting bitten by a snake on the way to the gym, then I can learn from Roy.”

He's also had to swap his sports cars for an old pickup truck to ferry himself around the Florida countryside.

“Here in the UK, I got my McLaren, Range Rover and in Vegas I drive around in sports cars, in Pensacola I have a rusty pick up truck,” he said.

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“I have this old rust bucket that I was driving back and forth, on those roads you can't have a nice car.

“But I wasn't there for the lifestyle, I was there to be a student.”

Eubank Jnr, whose only defeats in 31 fights came against Billy Joe Saunders and George Groves, is expected to ease past Morrison before booking a bigger fight later this year.

He added: “This one is to knock off the cobwebs and then I go for the titles and big names.”

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