Hearn confident Golovkin vs. Eubank Jr. negotiations completed this week
By Patrick McHugh: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s highly optimistic that the middleweight title fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) will get done this week.
Hearn says there are some small things he’s working out with Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler. He sees those things as nothing big enough to keep the match from taking place.
“Nothing has come up that makes me think this fight won’t happen,” said Hearn to IFL TV about the Golovkin vs. Eubank Jr. fight negotiations. “I believe the fight will get made, and I believe it’ll get made this week.”
Hearn further said that he sees the fight taking place in early September in the UK. He’s not sure how well it’ll do in terms of ticket sales and pay-per-view buys, but he feels confident that the fight will do well.
It would be televised on Sky Box Office PPV in the UK, and on HBO in the U.S. It won’t be a PPV fight in the States because Eubank Jr. isn’t a big name over there and Golovkin has failed to establish that he has the kind of popularity needed for him to become a big star.
The Golovkin-Eubank Jr. fight is seen as a mismatch in the eyes of a lot of fans, but surprisingly there are still a lot of people that think it’ll be a competitive. Hearn says he initially had doubts whether Eubank Jr. could deal with Golovkin, but the confidence that he’s seeing from him and his father Chris Eubank Sr. now has him wondering whether he can pull off the upset.
Golovkin is considered the best fighter in the 160lb division right now, so it would be a tremendous upset if Eubank Jr. did beat him. Eubank Jr. has only one tough opponent in his career in Billy Joe Saunders, and he lost to him. That was a couple of years ago, and Eubank Jr. thinks he’s improved a lot since then. However, he’s still not avenged the defeat of faced anyone with the same kind of talent so it’s impossible to truly know if Eubank Jr. has gotten better.
There will be a lot of disappointed fans if Hearn can’t get the Golovkin-Eubank Jr. fiught can’t get made because the fight fans want to see this match-up. The fight has been talked about for weeks now.
If Hearn is unable to successfully negotiate the fight, it’s going to upset many fans. If he can’t get the fight made with Triple G, then Hearn needs to start putting Eubank Jr. in with better opponents than the ones that he’s been facing lately. Eubank Jr. is talking a lot about wanting to fight the best, but then he’s facing guys like Tom Doran, Nick Blackwell, Tony Jeter, Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan and Dmitry Chudinov. Eubank Jr. should be fighting better opposition right now so the boxing world can see whether he has the talent to be one of the best or not. Eubank Sr. says his son Eubank Jr. is starting from the top by looking to face GGG, and then working his way downwards from there.
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