GLYNN EVANS delves into the background of the 25-year-old Brighton starlet, Chris Eubank Jr.
1. While his father was suspended 18 times in one academic year for misbehaviour at Thomas Carlton Secondary School in Peckham and later expelled after just one month from Peckham Manor Secondary School, Chris Eubank Jr was educated at the independent and prestigious Brighton College.
There, he represented the rugby first XV on the wing and also excelled in athletics, swimming and badminton. He was excluded on several occasions... predominantly for fighting!
2. Though Junior expressed an interest in boxing from as young as eight, his father excluded his active participation until he was 15.
During his first spar at the Brighton and Hove ABC, Chris Jr recalls: 'I got my arse kicked for three rounds by a kid who was about 19 and who'd had about 20 amateur bouts, mostly wins.'
He vowed never to allow such a humiliation to re-occur and forsook all other sports to focus exclusively on mastering the Noble Art thereafter.
3. Despite his privileged upbringing, the adolescent Eubank Jr admits to 'falling in with the wrong crowd'. One triumphant street fight was uploaded on to YouTube (2007) and attracted over 108,000 hits.
Christopher and his younger brother Sebastian were sent to Las Vegas to escape the streets. There, dad's acquaintance Ms Irene Hutton became their court appointed legal guardian.
This enabled the brothers to pursue their goals in boxing and American football respectively, without the need for a US visa. Both attended Spring Valley High School.
Ironically, at a similar age, Chris Sr - a compulsive shoplifter and street fighter raised by his father in south London - was packed off to live with his mum in the South Bronx, New York.
4. Again replicating his father - who was a 1984 New York Golden Gloves champion - Chris Jr began his formal amateur career over in the US.
He quickly exhibited a natural aptitude, winning the Nevada State Golden Gloves title in just his sixth amateur fight and the Western States Golden Gloves in only his eighth. Advancing to the National Golden Gloves, he was beaten on points by Philip J Benson from the New York Metro franchise.
Eubank Jr concluded his amateur career back in England by winning the prestigious International Haringey Cup in June 2011. All told, he had 26 amateur bouts and lost just twice, both defeats later avenged.
5. Whilst still an amateur, Eubank Jr began to hone his craft studying and sparring at the hardened Vegas pro gyms.
Initially, he was schooled by Jamaica's former three weight world champion Mike McCallum at the city's fabled Top Rank Gym. There, he sparred several world champions such as Chad Dawson, Zab Judah and Montell Griffin. 'I took several beatings,' he recalls.
Later, he moved across the city to the Mayweather Gym where he was tutored by Floyd Sr - father of the sport's premier pound-for-pound practitioner - and trained and sparred alongside (but never with) Floyd Jr.
Today, Chris Jr attributes his crash course at the Vegas gyms for his accelerated passage to title contention.
6. To further advance his son's technical development and help instil the 'warrior code' mind set, Eubank Sr exerted his influence to organise further tutorials in Africa and the Caribbean.
In Angola, Junior was taken under the wing of Maximo Perez, the New York fight coach who installed the fundamentals into Chris Sr when he first embraced the sport during his time in the South Bronx.
In 2011, dad arranged for Junior to train with the Cuban Olympic team where the son concedes to taking a 'brutal beating' from the 91kg national heavyweight champion!
7. While ex-Olympian Billy Joe Saunders had triumphed in eight previous 12 round championship fights en route to Commonwealth, British and European titles and Eubank Jr hadn't ventured past round eight, the bookies struggled to split the pair ahead of their titanic clash at London's ExCeL Arena last November.
Faith in young Eubank was largely founded upon gym rumours that 'Next Gen' had been more than holding his own in spars with several of Britain's elite.
Chris Jr himself bragged on social media that ex-Olympic champion James DeGale had been 'dealt with in eight rounds', while reigning WBO Light-Heavy king Nathan Cleverly suffered cracked ribs during a joust with Eubank in prep for his first fight with Tony Bellew.
Carl Froch and George Groves are also believed to have struggled to contain Eubank in 'gym wars'.