Chris Eubank Jr has targeted a showdown with James DeGale at the end of the year after an unsatisfactory return to the ring in Saudi Arabia tonight.

Eubank Jr was left frustrated when Irish southpaw JJ McDonagh failed to come out for the fourth round of the scheduled ten-round super-middleweight contest in Jeddah.

Eubank Jr (below) claimed McDonagh quit after he was knocked down in the opening round.

The Argus: McDonagh blamed a right shoulder injury sustained in the second round and the pair had heated words during the post-fight interviews inside the ring.

The verbal exchanges ended with McDonagh losing his temper, accusing Eubank Jr of arrogance and threatening to start the fight all over again.

It was not the type of return to action Eubank Jr was hoping for eight months after losing on points to George Groves in Manchester in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.

The 29-year-old Brightonian caught McDonagh on the side of the head with a left hook in the first round.

McDonagh stumbled in ungainly fashion to the floor like a drunk and although Eubank's work behind an effective jab was more measured for the rest of the fight than his sometimes wild efforts against Groves, he was expecting McDonagh to offer more resistance.

Eubank Jr said: "This was an opportunity to shake some of that ring rust off. It was a good fight while it lasted but obviously the going was too tough for him so he quit. I was starting to land at will, he was starting to feel my power.

"I caught him in the first round and normally I would have tried to destroy him then but I wanted the rounds and to display some of my boxing skills. People say I can't box or jab, so I wanted to show the haters and critics there is a different side to Chris Eubank Jr."

Fellow former world champion DeGale is now in Eubank Jr's sights. He said: "That's definitely a fight I'm looking forward to, trying to make happen at the end of the year.

"That's the great thing about the situation right now. There are so many big names and so many great fights out there for me."