By: Alex Beard
It turns out Chris Eubank Jnr was serious when he called out WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin on Saturday night, with the 26-year-old set to put pen to paper on a £3million deal this week.
The fight is expected to be held at the O2 Arena in London in September, with the commencement of the football season ruling out a stadium fight. It is almost certain that this fight would be held on Sky Sports Box Office, which could see the fighters’ purse rise even higher.
Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, 34, is unbeaten in 35 fights with 32 of those ending inside the distance. He represents by far Eubank Jnr’s biggest test to date and the Englishman will enter the contest as a massive underdog. Golovkin’s most recent bout was a second round stoppage of mandatory challenger Dominic Wade in April.
Eubank Jnr knocked out Tom Doran in the fourth round on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s win over Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night, improving his record to 23-1 (18 KO’s) and defending his British middleweight title for the first time. Eubank Jnr’s split decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO middleweight champion, in 2014 is cause for concern as he now sets about taking on a man who Saunders has been accused of avoiding.
Eubank Jnr’s promoter Eddie Hearn described talks for the fight as ‘positive’ and told Sportsmail that he expected “both sides to sign by the end of this weekend.”
There has already been some back and forth between the fighters on social media, with Golovkin tweeting: “I’m ready, who’s next?” before tagging Eubank Jnr and Hearn. Eubank Jnr responded by saying: “You’re not ready for what’s coming. Sign the contract & we’ll find out.” Eubank Jnr subsequently tweeted saying: “This isn’t about money. This is about achieving my dream of becoming world champ & proving that I’m the best. This is about legacy #TeamEubank.”
While Eubank Jnr’s desire to take on the best is certainly refreshing, especially considering Canelo Alvarez’ reluctance to do so, you have to wonder whether he has bitten off more than he can chew with GGG. How do you see the fight panning out and does Eubank Jnr stand any chance against one of the most fearsome fighters in the sport?by