If the top fighters in the Middleweight division gave the much avoided Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (GGG) the opportunities he deserves then Chris Eubank Jr wouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath at this stage. Unfortunately, though, he’s not being giving them.
On May 7th in Las Vegas, Saul Canelo Alvarez was victorious – a vicious knock out of Britain’s Amir Khan in the sixth round – and the WBC set a deadline for negotiations between himself and the Kazakh-born fighter.
The supposed ‘Warrior’ from Guadalajara vacated his title and once again Triple G’s big day, a day he’s very much earned, was dead and buried.
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Fast forward a few weeks and we had Chris Eubank Sr stating they were still chasing Golovkin and that he was the number one target.
Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, had stated in January of this year that he and his client were looking to fight at either Upton Park or West Ham’s new ground the Olympic Stadium and the names on that list were; Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale and ‘Next Generation’ Chris Eubank Jr.
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Billy Joe Saunders and his management team have already turned the opportunity down. James DeGale, in the Super-Middleweight division, now has a unification fight lined up – against Sweden’s Badou Jack.
So it the Brighton-born Eubank Jr. could well be the man to take that fight and do what so many others are failing to do, step in the ring with the most feared fighter on the planet.
First of all, it would sell. Eubank Jr is gaining exposure more and more by the day, some by his own love or hate personality and some by unfortunate circumstances – his fight against Nick Blackwell being one that neither fighter would’ve wanted to be a part of.
Golovkin, after taking apart a true ‘Warrior’ in St Helens’ Martin Murray and destroying another of our own in Matthew Macklin, has gained some on this side of the water and would gain a lot more by fighting on these shores and showing us, up close, why he’s avoided like the plague.
This fight would be an absolute war and the only thing that would concern me, when it comes to Eubank, would be whether he could take the Kazakh-born fighter’s shots.
The Brighton man is getting tagged that’s for sure. The style in which he boxes dictates that any of his fights, against genuine opposition, will see his chin tested. But if he can take the shots that no-one else can seem to, then why couldn’t he be the man to dethrone him?
Eubank Jr’s work-rate is second to none, he’s extremely quick, not a knockout artist sure, but a concussive puncher who will wear the opposition down – his fights against Gary O’Sullivan and Nick Blackwell show what he’s about.
Himself and GGG are similar in the fact that they’re there to be hit. Anyone who can last longer than a few minutes with Golovkin ends up having success, it just seems that he also possesses a good chin and that a points win is the only way he’ll be beaten.
I hope the call-outs from the Eubanks are genuine because, in my opinion, this is closer than a lot would suggest.