British middleweight Chris Eubank Jr believes he has the ability to beat the undefeated WBA and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and is making inroads towards a world title fight with the Kazakh fighter.
The 26-year-old Brighton-born boxer is to defend his British middleweight title against Tom Doran at the O2 Arena in London on the Anthony Joshua undercard on June 25, as he looks to win the Lonsdale belt outright, but he has already got his eyes set on a major bout at world level.
Eubank Jr's British title success has meant a great deal to him and wants his career to continue to flourish, having suffered just one defeat to date against Billy Joe Saunders, but is prepared to defend his belt "as many times as possible", before negotiating a fight with Golovkin.
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“I’m British and the public want to see domestic fights." Eubank Jr told the Voice of Sport.
"When I am fighting guys from other countries that the public don’t know, its less exciting for them. When its two British guys fighting it makes the occasion more special, more interesting.
“So its very important to clean up your own division in your own country and then move onto world honours which is what I am doing.”
The Brighton fighter secured the interim WBA World middleweight title against Dmitry Chudinov in 2015, and retained the belt later in the year against Tony Jeter, but he is now looking to step up to the next level, and believes Golovkin (35-0-KO32) isn't unbeatable.
“He [Golovkin] is seen as the number one guy in my weight division, he’s seen as this unbeatable guy who everyone is scared of and I don’t see that." said Eubank Jr.
“I watch his fights and I see slowness, I see a weak defence. I see great punching power but what happens when a guy takes the punch and says ok, now what, which is what I will do, if I get hit.
"Speed kills and for every one punch he throws I am going to be throwing three, four or five punches.
“So the only way he beats me is if he knocks me out and you are going to have to hit me with a sledge hammer to move me, so that’s where I get my confidence from against a man like that.”
Golovkin beat the then undefeated American Dominic Wade in April, by knockout, and despite having turned 34 last month, he is showing no signs of giving up his world title belts any time soon.
The world champion boasts five years more experience in professional boxing than Eubank Jr, but the Brit dominated Nick Blackwell in March to take his British middleweight belt, which left the now-retired fighter in an induced coma for nine days. And many have touted him to emulate the success of his father, Chris Eubank Sr.
Eubank Jr and Golovkin are at different stages in their career, but while many boxing fans will laugh off the Brit's chances, the 26-year-old will be keen to prove any doubters wrong. But, he is aware that a tough test at the O2, next month, awaits, before he can think about Golovkin.
“People have told me he [Doran] is a brawler, apparently he got put down in his last fight and came back to win, so he has heart which is what he needs against a man like me." said Eubank Jr.
"This is keeping me at a nice level until I can step up against world level fighters.”
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