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Chris Eubank Jr could compete in WBA middleweight tournament

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British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr has been given an opportunity to compete in a WBA tournament that would see the winner crowned as the organisation's No 1 middleweight champion.

The British boxer will be defending his belt against Tommy Langford after he failed to agree to a fight with Gennady Golovkin.

The Kazakhstani fighter will instead be fighting and defending his WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles against another British boxer, Kell Brook, who is making the step up to middleweight from welterweight.

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WBA president Gilberto Mendoza has said to Sky Sports that he will offer the 26-year-old another chance to fight Golovkin if the Kazakhstani defeats Brook this weekend, and his likely next opponent, the WBA (Regular) middleweight Daniel Jacobs, who defends his belt on September 9 against Sergio Mora.

Eubank Jr would then face the winner of Golovkin-Jacobs if he is able to defeat the American boxer Alfonso Blanco, who currently holds the WBA interim title.

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Mendoza said: "I do respect Chris Eubank, who was also an interim champion. I know Blanco is scheduled to fight soon, but it hasn't been announced yet. What is currently happening in the middleweights is that 'Triple G', if he wins the fight against Brook, he has to defend his title immediately with Daniel Jacobs.

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"We might have a special box-off to have only one world champion and that could involve Eubank, because he's the No 2 right now.

"Win that fight and I will order Blanco to defend against Eubank, and the winner of Golovkin-Jacobs will have to face the winner of Blanco and Eubank. I'm doing a box-off definitely there in this division. We would like to clear it up, like all of the rest."

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