Chris Eubank Jr's next fight options include Gennady Golovkin and Janibek Alimkhanuly

  • Tom Ward

Ben Shalom has revealed three opponents for Chris Eubank Jr‘s next fight after Kell Brook retired from boxing.

Eubank and Brook were reportedly on the brink of agreeing a bout earlier this year.

But those plans were soon scuppered after Brook made the shock decision to walk away from the sport at the weekend.

However, despite apparently missing out on another domestic dust-up, promoter Shalom has a plan.

The BOXXER chief told Sky Sports the Plan B for Eubank involves taking on either Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, Liam Smith or Gennady Golovkin.

Shalom said: “We’d like the Zhanibek [Alimkhanuly] fight potentially.

“He’s fighting Danny Dignum for the world title in May. We’re speaking to Top Rank about that fight. Eubank Jr wants a world title and we believe that’s the easiest option for him now.

“We also think Liam Smith is a good fight and I think it’s going to come down to those two.

Ben Shalom believes Chris Eubank Jr can challenge for a world title this year

“I’d like to see him fight for a world title, I think we can make that happen.”

And while he has been linked to a trilogy fight with Canelo Alvarez, Shalom believes Eubank is a ‘more likely’ opponent for Golovkin.

“It will be interesting to see what happens with the Canelo-Golovkin fight, because Golovkin was a fight that Chris really wanted and I think that’s a great fight for Chris,” Shalom added.

“Golovkin’s been waiting for that rematch with Canelo and if Canelo’s now going to fight Bivol in a rematch, then CEJ-GGG could become more likely.

“I’d like to see him fight for world titles, whether it’s Golovkin, Zhanibek, Lara – that’s what he should be aiming for.

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“Chris Eubank Jr won’t duck anyone and has never ducked anyone. He wants world titles and that’s always been the ambition. Who wouldn’t want a big fight with Kell Brook?

“Of course Eubank wanted that, but at the same time his ambition is world titles and his ambition is the biggest names.

“We believe he’s going to have his world title shot very soon and we think that’s the right path for him.

“It was right for Kell to retire and it’s also right from Chris to be fighting the very best now of active fighters and be going for the titles.”

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