By Ollie Salt, courtesy of The Daily Star
CHRIS EUBANK JR should take on Gennady Golovkin next.
That’s according to former boxing promoter Barry Hearn, who believes the British middleweight could go onto be a superstar with the right direction.
Eubank has been out of action since his win over JJ McDonagh in September, wherein his opponent retired on his stool after three rounds with a shoulder injury.
A number of reports suggest he is set to lock horns with former world super-middleweight champion James DeGale in his next outing.
Yet Hearn - who promoted Chris Eubank Sr in his own career before handing over the boxing reins to son Eddie - is unconvinced by that matchup.
“I think [Eubank] can fight and I think he’s got huge potential,” he told Seconds Out.
“Tremendous hand speed, not enough power on the front foot. I think he’s got a great chin like his Dad.
“He has all the ingredients, he could be a superstar. But where is he?
“He’s going to fight James DeGale next sometime somewhere. What is that for? What does that mean? I think DeGale is not going forward but he can still fight a bit.
But Barry Hearn thinks he should instead set his sights on Gennady Golovkin
“I don’t know what it achieves. Does it sell out? Does it do pay per view numbers? To be honest with you, there’s better fights. Now would be a good time for him to fight Golovkin.”
Eubank Jr has drawn plenty of criticism in his seven-year professional career for refusing to appoint a trainer in his corner.
The 29-year-old insists he doesn’t need any guidance, yet many questioned that stance after George Groves outclassed him in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final back in February.
Hearn, though, thinks he needs someone in his corner he will listen to.
Hearn doesn't think Eubank Jr has had the right guidance so far in his career
“Eubank [Sr] was led and directed in a way that he thought the decisions were his and that’s why we got on so well.
“But Eubank junior is living the worst part of his father’s alter ego and this is a tough business, you don’t get second chances.
“He’s had two losses which was both avoidable in my view and I think the kid can fight, I think he can really fight.
“But he can’t punch properly yet and he needs to be taught by people he will listen to.”