Arum: Brook-Vargas May Land 9/24, Make Room For GGG-Eubank

By Ryan Burton

When the welterweight unification bout between IBF champion Kell Brook and WBO champion Jessie Vargas was agreed to by their respective promoters Matchroom and Top Rank, the dates of August 27th and September 3rd were listed as the possible dates for the fight that will take place in Brook's hometown in the UK.

Top Rank and Vargas have reached a financial agreement on their end but recent reports suggest that Matchroom and Brook are still at odds over his compensation for the fight.

Now it turns out the fight may be pushed back a few weeks later. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum revealed that if middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1) takes care of business on Saturday against Tom Doran (17-0), one of those dates will likely be used for a fight between Eubank and WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.


Triple G's promoter recently told's Steve Kim that a potential fight against Canelo Alvarez will have to wait until the second half of 2017 which leaves the hard hitting Kazakhstan native without a dance partner for his fall return. 

 "Eddie may be moving the date of that fight to the 24th of September because September 3rd or August 27th, he is looking to do Eubank - if Eubank wins his fight Saturday - he will fight Golovkin (on one of those dates)," Arum told before adding with a smile, "I am giving you scoops."

As for the change in date, Arum said he doesn't have a problem with it, stating, "That is fine. Obviously you cooperate with another promoter."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gordon_Gekko on 06-23-2016

Doesn't make sense to me as that's the same date as Crolla Linares. Brooks recent interview suggested he had quite a lot of weight to lose - his face looked very full.

Comment by Corelone on 06-23-2016

We went through this with Chaves. First they announce the fight, then the postponement, then the cancelation. Vargas isn't getting 1.7 million, not if Kell has to take less, and nobody wants to pay that kind of money for that…

Comment by OctoberRed on 06-23-2016

Its going to be a busy UK September of fights

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