Chris Eubank Jr. is as keen as ever on a fight with Gennadiy Golovkin.
England’s Eubank seemingly revived his career earlier this month when he stopped Liam Smith in 10 rounds in their middleweight rematch in Manchester, only nine months after Eubank suffered a humiliating technical knockout loss to Smith in their first fight at the same venue.
Immediately after the rematch, the cocksure Eubank (33-3, 24 KOs) called out one of the white whales of his career: Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, the former longtime middleweight champion. (Eubank also mentioned being open to fights with Kell Brook, who retired last year, and Conor Benn, the troubled welterweight who was supposed to fight Eubank last October but ended up bowing out after it was revealed he failed a drug test.)
Eubank and Golovkin were actually in advanced talks to fight each other in 2016 but developments at the 11th hour led Golovkin to face Brook instead. Golvokin would go on to knock out Brook in the fifth round. At the time, Eddie Hearn, the then promoter of both Eubank and Brook, blamed Eubank’s bungling of the Golovkin fight on the business advice given by Eubank’s father.
“It’s been for years I’ve always wanted to fight him. Why not?” Eubank told iFL TV. “Who else is going to give him a bigger money fight aside from Canelo, which no one is going to pay to watch him fight again. I’m the only name that the people want to see him fight. I’m never gonna not want that fight. Golovkin is a great name, a great fight to have here in Britain. he seems to only be interested in the big money fights now. I’m that.”
It’s not clear how feasible a fight between Golovkin and Eubank is at this time. Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) is reportedly interested in a farewell fight at the end of the year in his native Kazakhstan before calling his career quits. In a sign of preparing for his valediction, he relinquished his two 160-pound belts (IBF, WBA, IBO) earlier this spring.
Golovkin, 41, has not fought since dropping a unanimous decision to sworn rival Canelo Alvarez in their trilogy last September at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Sean Nam is the author of Murder on Federal Street: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Last Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing.