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Britain's Chris Eubank Jr., left, exchanges punches with Germany's Arthur Abraham during their IBO World super-middleweight championship fight at Wembley Arena, in London. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)

Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr., left, exchanges punches with Germany’s Arthur Abraham during their IBO World super-middleweight championship fight at Wembley Arena, in London. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)

Chris Eubank Junior defended his International Boxing Organization (IBO) world super-middleweight title with a unanimous points decision win over Arthur Abraham in London.

Eubank retained the belt he took in February with the three judges awarding him the contest 118-110, 118-110, 120-108 at the end of 12 absorbing rounds at the SSE Wembley Arena.

The Brighton-born boxer, with his father, the former middleweight champion Chris Eubank in his corner, proved too much of a handful for the decade older Abraham.

The Armenian-born German manfully absorbed punch after punch from the fleeter-footed home favorite who kept up his relentless pounding until the final bell. Eubank’s reward is an invitation to the inaugural $50 million World Boxing Super Series Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Eubank, who took his record to 25-1, paid tribute to Abraham.

“He’s the most durable opponent I’ve faced. I hit him with every punch in the book. The statement was made. I’m happy with the performance. I got to show my skills, I got to go the 12 rounds and get the experience in.”

His dad described his son as “the most talented fighter on the planet”.

Eubank senior added: “I believe he’s the best in the world. Over the coming nine months, he will be able to clean the slate and come away with the Mohamed Ali trophy and all the belts.” (Agence France-Presse)

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