Nothing is official just yet, but recent statements from both camps suggest that Chris Eubank Jr. and Gennady Golovkin will fight in September.
Eddie Hearn told the Daily Mail earlier in the week that the “major details” had almost all been agreed upon and he predicted that the contracts would be signed before the weekend’s close. Based on those words, we might expect to hear an announcement over the next few days.
Golovkin’s side bolstered Hearn’s claims with positivity of their own. The Kazakh’s promoter Tom Loeffler told the Associated Press(via Sky Sports) that the parties were “working on finalising details”. Loeffler even stated that his fighter would be willing to make the trip to London, where Hearn was suggesting the fight could take place.
If this intriguing contest does come to fruition, credit must be given to Eubank, who has pursued with gusto a challenge that so few seem genuinely interested in facing. Some would even suggest that a number of the world’s top middleweights are actively avoiding the granite-fisted Golovkin.
In fact, such is Golovkin’s reputation for terrifying would be opponents, most assumed that Eubank would do the same if the prospect of the fight ever approached reality. Spurred on by his father, a master self-promoter, Eubank was merely looking to build his name by calling out ‘GGG’ at every turn – this seemed to be the prevailing opinion among boxing fans.
Trademark Eubank theatrics.
However, and hopefully we are not speaking too soon here, there appears to have been more substance to the whole campaign than that.
On Saturday, Eubank certainly wasn’t back tracking on earlier claims that he possesses all the necessary tools to overcome the man who is the consensus number one middleweight in the world and currently holds most of the alphabet hardware in the division.
When Golovkin, perhaps knowingly, asked the questions “Who’s ready for a #fight? #whosnext” through his official Twitter account, the British middleweight champion answered very assertively.
you already know who & what's next. I'm next & your belts are going to be ripped away from you & kept in the UK for a LONG time.
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) July 2, 2016
Most of Golovkin’s previous opponents have shown the former amateur standout great respect in the lead-up to fights, a respect possibly built on fear, and nobody has seemed legitimately confident of beating him. Maybe Eubank’s confidence won’t spare him the same fate as those fighters, but his attitude is a refreshing change from the norm.