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Eubank Jr. Should Pass on DeGale and Fight Golovkin, Says Hearn

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.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-29-2018

This would be an awful fight why is Hearn into these mismatches

Comment by alexguiness on 12-29-2018

Even this version of GGG would end Eubanks crappy career for him. Degale is a strong UK option and would put Eubank in a strong position if he won the fight (which I doubt he can). Eubank is an Instagram…

Comment by W1LL on 12-29-2018

DeGale-Eubank Jr. is a very good grudge match. Fairly evenly matched and would do good business in the UK, could even end up on ITV Box Office and get big exposure. No doubt that idea scares Eddie Hearn. In my…

Comment by landotter on 12-29-2018

Zero chance this is happening. None. Makes no sense for Golovkin at this point of his career. Eubank was offered the fight when it went to Kell Brook. Golovkin was willing to fight Eubank in England, but Eubank was not…

Comment by PRINCEKOOL on 12-28-2018

Chris Eubank Junior would be Canelo and 160 or 168. Infact stylistically, that match up would probably produce the fight of the year. In reality Eubank Junior is a 160 pound fighter.

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