Chris Eubank Jr pulls out of a fight, and people only want to talk about one thing
Chris Eubank Jr was criticised for a tweet last week following Gennady Golovkin's defeat of Kell Brook.
The Kazakh fighter broke Brook's eye-socket during their middleweight bout at the O2 in London, after five rounds the 30-year-old's corner had seen enough and threw in the towel.
Following the bout, Eubank called-out the undefeated Golovkin, and claimed that, unlike Brook, he "don't own towels."
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) September 10, 2016
The British fighter was rightly criticised for what was an insensitive, and misguided tweet. Promoter Eddie Hearn called it "possibly the most ignorant comment I have ever read on social media," and boxing fans weren't impressed.
With that comment in mind, Eubank couldn't have picked a worse time to pull out of a fight with an injury.
The 26-year-old may not own a towel, but he has vacated the British middleweight belt after suffering a "severe injury" in sparring and has pulled out of his title defence against Tommy Langford.
The fight was due to take place next month.
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) September 17, 2016
Eubank released a statement on Saturday evening confirming the news:
"The severe injury to Chris Jnr's elbow follows an ongoing injury which has been a recurring issue for the last 18 months. This allows Chris Eubank Jnr, and his management, the opportunity to relinquish the title which provides all contenders the right to earn a living and fight amongst their equal calibre of competitors."
Given Eubank's comments and boasts last week, he was never going to receive any sympathy from boxing fans on social media. The word "towel" came up quite a bit.
Chris Eubank Jr camp
• Don't own towels
• Don't own pens
• Don't want to fight anyone
— Next Big Fight (@TheNextBigFight) September 17, 2016
@ChrisEubankJr Thought you were invincible and superhuman? "My corner don't own towels". Stay away from boxing until you grow up.
— Ross, Sheffield UK © (@RossW_Sheff) September 17, 2016
@ChrisEubankJr lost your towel ?
— Pete Hotchkiss (@petehotchkiss) September 17, 2016
@ChrisEubankJr any truth you got injured slipping on sweat a towel would have dealt with?
— Sue Me (@Sue_Me_AVFC) September 17, 2016
@ChrisEubankJr heres a towel to dry your eyes
— maggot (@maggotski) September 17, 2016
— x (@ChloeLouisexx) September 17, 2016
@ChrisEubankJr no pen, no towel, no elbow... What's next? No balls.. Chris 'Eunuch' Jr
— CaptainHappy (@darthfritzl1982) September 17, 2016
@ChrisEubankJr you been robbing towels from premier inn? as you had none a week ago eh
— 'Hodges' (@the_chelski_ger) September 17, 2016
@ChrisEubankJr my memory isn't what it used to be, Chris, but didn't you say last week there was no towel in our corner?
— BlowItUpRef (@InPlayKing100) September 17, 2016
— Tom Walters (@tomwalters_4) September 17, 2016
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