By Edward Chaykovsky
British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18KOs) believes he has all the answers to hand WBC/IBO/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (35-0, 32KOs) his first defeat as a pro.
Last Saturday night, Eubank sent a message with a bruising stoppage win over previously undefeated Tom Doran (17-1, 7KOs) in the fourth round. Doran went down four times in the contest.
Eubank Jr. sees this match as the perfect fight to rise away from the shadow of his legendary father and trainer, Chris Eubank Sr. Carrying one of the most recognizable last names in British boxing, Eubank Jr. has experienced the added pressure of living up to expectations.
The venue of choice is the O2 Arena in London, according to Eubank's promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. HBO would carry the fight in the United States and the date would fall in late August or at some point in September.
If he pulls off the biggest upset of the year, Eubank wants zero excuses from the critics. He says Golovkin is in his prime, regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, and riding a 22 fight knockout streak.
"I still think Golovkin is right at the top level. In his most recent performances you have not seen any signs of him diminishing or getting old. He's undefeated and has one of the highest knockout ratios in boxing so you can't knock that," Eubank Jr. told Simon Crawford.
"But he solely relies on his power and intimidation factor. Some of these guys he has fought were beaten before they ever got in the ring. But I have so much self-belief that I know that will not affect me. I'm not going in there to survive or thinking I don't want to get hurt, I'm going in there to take everything he has. I'm not scared of him - can he match my speed? Can he match my combinations? He doesn't slip punches where that is a big part of my game.
"I see many holes and weaknesses in his game - as there are weaknesses in everybody's game - and I believe I can exploit them. He relies on his power but I can take a shot which is why I'm not worried about stepping in the ring with this man. He's not indestructible and he's not some kind of bogeyman. He has two arms, two legs and a heartbeat just like me - I can and I will beat him. I'm coming for his belts."