Chris Eubank Jr. is eager to add a pair of highly credible names to his ledger.
The middleweight contender based in Brighton, England is set to fight Liam Williams on Feb. 5 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
But Eubank, in the end, sees the Welsh native as nothing more than a stepping stone. His long-term goals are to fight the Kazakh puncher Gennadiy Golovkin and, then, at some point, face rival Billy Joe Saunders in a rematch of their 2014 bout which Saunders won by 12-round split decision. It is not clear, however, if Saunders will return to the ring; the southpaw underwent surgery for a fractured right orbital bone sustained in his eighth-round technical knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez last May in their lucrative super middleweight unification bout at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Eubank is holding out hope that Saunders, despite the physical setback and career high payday, will make a comeback at some point. Their first meeting still gets Eubank’s blood boiling.
“It’s not out of my mind,” Eubank said of the Saunders rematch. “There’s too much public interest. There’s too much history. Too much bad blood. If that fight can be made at some point, Absolutely. I would never turn it down.
“I would love to avenge the Billy Joe Saunders loss,” Eubank continued. “I don’t think he beat me in that fight.I definitely know that he won’t beat me in the second fight, in the rematch. That’s definitely a fight that can happen in the not too distant future.”
Eubank is confident that as long as the purse is high enough, he can entice Saunders (30-1, 14 KOs) back into the ring.
“Of course [he’ll fight me]. He already said he’ll fight me for 5 million [pounds].”
Still, for the near future, Eubank (31-2, 23 KOs) is mainly fixated on a title shot against Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), who holds the IBF middleweight title. Golovkin was originally scheduled to take on WBA titlist Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) last December in Japan but it was postponed due to the country’s new COVID-19 policy regarding the entry of foreigners. The fight will reportedly now take place in April.
Eubank sees his high ranking within the WBA as the path to finally getting his title shot.
“But I do want to fight for a world title,” Eubank said. “Golovkin is number one on my list. That's easier said than done. You can’t just pin a number like that down whenever you want. But if we can, we will. I’m a mandatory to fight for the full WBA title. Murata has that title, so I would love that fight.”