Eubank wants Golovkin now – worth the risk?

Lee Daley

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Chris Eubank Jr has expressed his desire to fight Gennady Golovkin. Eubank will be having his next fight at the 02 arena on June 25th facing Tom Doran in a British title defence.The contest will be on the same card that will consist of Anthony Joshua facing Dominic Breazeale and George Groves will battle Martin Murray in a crossroads fight that may see the loser have little choice other than retirement.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said in The Mirror, “My instructions from the Eubanks are clear: make the Golovkin fight.”

Chris Eubank Sr went on to say, “You’ve got to get Golovkin, then we may have a long-term deal. I don’t think Golovkin will take the fight, but you must make that fight. I don’t see how, by my mathematics, he can win.”

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Eubank Jr has proven in the past that he can bite off more than he can chew when he faced Billy Joe Saunders and lost on points in November, 2014, albeit it was a close points loss. He has bounced back, capturing the British title beating Nick Blackwell last time out, a fight in which Blackwell had to undergo treatment to overcome bleeding within the skull. The Trowbridge fighter thankfully pulled through and announced his retirement shortly after.

Gennady Golovkin currently has bigger fish to fry as he continues to negotiate terms with Saul Alvarez to get that fight made. Alvarez has relinquished his WBC crown while Oscar De La Hoya went on to say that his charge giving the belt up would actually help get the fight signed without the added pressure of the organisation. A rather doubtful statement that has understandably riled followers of the sport.

Eubank Jr has yet to claim any portion of the world title, a move he should consider before taking on the best of the middleweight division. Saunders is now the WBO champion and trying to avenge that defeat with a world title at stake would be a wise and lucrative move should he win. The EBU title is currently vacant, so might a bout be made involving Eubank Jr in the near future? That would be the next logical step for now. It is rather surprising that his father wants Golovkin so soon and seems to have a surplus of confidence in his son despite already suffering defeat when jumping too far ahead before. Amir Khan was paid in the region of $6,000,000 for facing Saul Alvarez so maybe they are targeting a big pay day as soon as possible. Of course, if it is for pure glory then it is difficult not to admire such courage.

With Golovkin focusing on the world scene it is likely that Eubank will be made to wait for his turn because it will be PPV bouts that “GGG” will be targeting from here on. Matchroom may enter Eubank on a PPV show in England but that should not be used as any sort of measuring stick to prove how much pulling power he has considering the likes of Bellew vs Cleverly II being an extra £15 to view for SKY Sports subscribers.

Taking shortcuts in boxing has proven in the past to never be a good thing and has ruined more careers than it has advanced. Slow and steady should be the motto here, although nobody can fault the level of confidence that the Eubank’s have. But this is the fight game! And like any fight in any kind of capacity or form, anything can happen!

They should keep that in mind when figuring out how to further progress in what is the most brutal sport in the world.


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