Injury robs Jez of big Eubank clash

Jez Wilson with Glyn Rhodes
Jez Wilson with Glyn Rhodes

A broken jaw has stopped Jez Wilson fulfilling his ambition to fight Chris Eubank Jr.

The Crosspool fireman, 34, suffered a fracture by a left hand thrown by John Ryder at Bethnal Green in the British middleweight title eliminator.

The nature of his injury was not widely known and within a few days of his gallant attempt, Wilson’s trainer Glyn Rhodes was contacted by Eubank’s matchmaker Jason McClory.

“Eubank Jr is the fight that Jez has been hoping for, for ages” said Rhodes. “Eubank Jr is allegedly the next best thing and it would have been a high-profile, big pay day for Jez. But the fracture will keep him out for weeks, so he cannot compete.”

Rhodes was thrilled by the way Wilson stuck to the task, until the damaging blow in the penultimate round of a 10-round contest.

“Bookies had earlier made Jez an 11-1 outsider but I was really happy with his display, he was a lot better than people had expected. The break was just one punch, a powerful left hook. But that is how it goes in boxing. Jez will come back - and hopefully get another shot at Eubank.”

Wilson’s defeat leaves him with a Won 11 Lost two and Drawn one record.