By Radio Rahim
Eddie Hearn, who promotes British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs), says a potential fight with IBO/IBF/WBC/WBA middleweight world champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) could be finalized by next week - if Eubank and his father/trainer, Chris Eubank Sr., want that fight in the fall.
Eddie Hearn, who runs UK powerhouse Matchroom Sport, is in deep negotiations with Tom Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin, to stage the fight on a September date at a stadium venue in the UK.
Eubank still has business to take care of on Saturday night, when he faces undefeated Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London. The fight will be part of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale undercard. Sky Sports Box Office will carry both fights.
Hearn indicates that a deal for Golovkin is practically complete and both sides have agreed on most of the major points.
If Eubank defeats Doran - and walks away from the fight without injury - Hearn believes he can finalize the Golovkin deal as early as next week. Golovkin plans to return in September, on HBO. In the UK that contest would by carried by Sky Sports Box Office as a pay-per-view card.
"My instructions from the Eubanks was to make the Golovkin fight. So I do what I do, I work hard and I get fights done. And that fight is almost ready to sign. We have the Doran fight on the weekend and it's a tough fight. People just think it's like a six-rounder. It's not. It's a twelve round championship fight against a guy who can punch. He's 17-0, so we have to get through that," Hearn told BoxingScene.com.
"As far as I'm concerned, if the Eubanks really want that fight - that fight is there and that fight can be signed by next week."
Many experts are questioning the move by Eubank - who by taking the fight would jump from domestic level to face a guy who many consider to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
Hearn gave a simple explanation as to why the Eubanks are going in this direction.
"Because they feel like they can beat him and there is a huge amount of money for that fight. And they want to fight the best," Hearn said.