Chris Eubank Jr has warned that Wanik Awdijan is in for “a rough night” due to his trash talk as he builds towards a major fight later this year.
Eubank Jr fights on Saturday in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports, alongside Hughie Fury’s heavyweight battle and Savannah Marshall’s world title fight.
He stood with his hands on his hips during an intense face-off with Awdijan at Friday’s weigh-in after a build-up littered with threats and insults.
“I had no ill feelings towards the guy until I saw what he was saying on social media,” Eubank Jr said.
“Now there will be more spite in my punches on Saturday.
“He has done this to himself.
“I always show respect to fighters. When they don’t show respect back? That’s when it is a rough night.”
Eubank Jr is targeting a world middleweight championship and victory in Newcastle this weekend will propel him closer to his goal.
Awdijan, a German who has won 24 out of 25, stands in his way.
“He’s ready,” Eubank Jr said. “He’s coming to cause the upset and I’ve got to do everything in my power to make sure he does not do that.
“I’m very excited, it has been a hell of a few weeks, I was supposed to fight two weeks ago.
“I’m in a big fight in December so wanted to be out this month so I can still make that date. Everything is on schedule.
“I just need to do the business on Saturday night.”
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
October 16 – Top Rank in San Diego
Emanuel Navarrete vs Joet Gonzalez – WBO featherweight title
October 16 – BOXXER in Newcastle
Savannah Marshall vs Lolita Muzeya – WBO middleweight title
Hughie Fury vs Christian Hammer
Chris Eubank Jr vs Wanik Awdijan
October 24 – Top Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title
October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas
November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
December 18 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title