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Chris Eubank Jr close to agreeing fight with Gennady Golovkin

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Chris Eubank Jr is close to finalising a deal that will see him embark on the biggest challenge of his professional career, with promoter Eddie Hearn confirming a fight has "virtually been agreed" to face the undefeated Gennady Golovkin, later this year.

The 26-year-old has made it clear, on numerous occasions, that he would like to face the Kazakh in the ring, after he defends his British middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, on the undercard of Anthony Joshua versus Dominic Breazeale, on Saturday at the O2 Arena.

And his dream looks set to become a reality, with his promoter, Eddie Hearn, announcing that contract talks have been discussed and is confident that Golovkin will accept a bout with the Brighton fighter later this year.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn said: "There's been lots of conversations, contracts have been drafted, terms have virtually been agreed.

"Obviously Eubank has his own fight to take care of on Saturday night and I think although he is strong favourite he should not overlook Tom Doran; it's a huge opportunity for him too.

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"There's a few things to tie up but basically if everyone wants this fight then it's all there to sign.

"If Golovkin really wants this fight, and I believe he does, and if Eubank wants the fight, which he does, then there's a real chance of that fight happening in London in the autumn."

Golovkin currently holds the WBC, WBA Super and IBF middleweight belts and boasts a knockout percentage of over 91% - a record in middleweight championship history. However, Eubank Jr's chance to prove he can beat the middleweight warrior rests upon him defeating Doran tomorrow.

UK-based fight

Hearn expects the fight to take place in the next few months, and is positive that the 34-year-old, who has fought his last three bouts in the States, where he resides, will travel to London for the fight.

And the Matchroom promoter believes it could be a massive big payday for Eubank Jr, with a stadium fight expected.

"I think it would be a stadium fight. I think there would be the demand for 40-50,000 tickets." Hearn admitted. "There is something nice about being in an arena but as we saw at Goodison Park [for Tony Bellew v Ilunga Makabu], you can guarantee a great atmosphere outdoors too."

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Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, met earlier in the week with Oscar De La Hoya - the agent of Canelo Alvarez - about a fight between the middleweights in Autumn 2017. But with the Eubank Jr fight seemingly around the corner, it is not clear what the ramifications would be, should Golovkin lose to Eubank.

The Kazakh has won all 35 of his fights, 32 by knockout, while Eubank Jr has just one defeat to his name in 23 fights, having lost to Billy Joe Saunders on points, back in 2014, knocking out 17 of his opponents.

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