Chris Eubank Jr. and his father have been mentioning the name Gennady Golovkin with great frequency over the last year or so.
While some have suggested that this is mere self-promotional posturing, the eccentric duo have regularly claimed that a fight with the heavy-handed Kazakh KO machine is the one that they covet most in the sport and, publicly at least, have expressed nothing but utter certainty about the younger Eubank’s ability to overcome the most feared man in boxing.
“He’s got weaknesses that I feel I can exploit, so the goal is to work towards that fight,” Eubank Jr told Sky Sports in October of last year. It is a claim that he has repeated numerous times since.
Well, if recent comments from the British middleweight champion’s promoter Eddie Hearn are to be believed, we might just get to see if the 26-year-old has indeed eyed flaws in Golovkin’s seemingly complete game.
The Matchroom Sports managing director told Boxing News that the fight was “100 percent” a possibility and revealed that negotiations between the parties were already underway.
“If everybody wants it as much as they say they do, that fight can happen,” said Hearn . “We’re in negotiations and it’s going very well.”
Pushed for a possible date, Hearn suggested that the bout could take place in late September.
But before this can happen, Eubank Jr. must defeat Welshman Tom Doran at the O2 Arena on June 25th. The 28-year-old Doran, who has pieced together an unblemished 17-0 record since turning pro in 2009, is coming off a spectacular 2nd round TKO win over Ireland’s Luke Keeler in a brief but explosive ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate back in April.