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Chad Gaynor with Dave Coldwell

A REJUVENATED Chad Gaynor says “50/50” sessions with Kell Brook prove he could be a major force in boxing – months after he almost quit the sport.

Despite building up an unblemished record following a promising amateur career, the welterweight came close to ditching the profession after becoming disillusioned.
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THERE can be few boxers less fazed by the whirlwind of hype generated by Chris Eubank Junior, than Armthorpe’s Jason Ball.

The two meet at Rotherham’s Magna Centre tomorrow, on a card headlined by the emerging super bantamweight Kid Galahad and veteran Jason Booth.

The show is being broadcast on Channel Five where a national television audience are likely to recognise one name – Eubank – above all others, despite the Brighton middleweight’s career of just a solitary fight.

But while Eubank Junior has bagged a television spot based largely on the legacy of his father – his sole  bout is flimsy evidence on which to make a prediction for his prospects in the ring – Ball is not letting the occasion affect his preparations.

There’s a reason the former mixed martial arts fighter’s moniker is “Daddy Cool” – almost nothing seems to throw him off course.

“ Let’s face it, Eubank is not his dad, is he?” said Ball (5-5).

“And I’m fighting him, not the crowd. I have had high-profile fights before in MMA, I fought Andre  Berto’s brother (James Edson Berto, Ball defeated him twice).

“I’m not going to worry myself with how he boxes. I’m feeling good, I’m confident and I’ve been training hard.

“There is no expectation on me and Eubank is going to need to perform. He’s the one bringing all the hype.

“I’m not intimidated when I am in a boxing ring because I remember back to my MMA days.  I was in with some guys who were a lot bigger then me, and who bashed me up in a bad way.

“I go in with the mindset now that someone isn’t going to throw me around.”

Ball says he’s made great strides training at Stefy Bull’s Mexborough gym, while also maintaining his MMA training at the Matrix gym in Doncaster.

But the 28-year-old would make the full-time switch to boxing should he topple Eubank Jr.

“ I’m keeping my options open at the moment, but if I win this one I will really concentrate on the boxing,” said Ball, who in his last outing claimed the vacant central area light middleweight title by defeating Liverpool’s Steve Harkin

“My first goal is to win a British title, then moving on and going up through the ranks, hopefully winning. Carl has helped, he’s got me fights when I needed them.

“But I’m really ignorant to what’s happening in the boxing world. I don’t even keep up with what’s happening in MMA, to be honest with you.

“I just train and fight – that’s me.”