Chris Eubank Sr. feels confident that his son Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) would be middleweight star Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) if that fight were to happen in the future. Eubank Jr. had a chance to fight Golovkin in September, but the fight didn’t get made after his father wouldn’t agree to the negotiating terms from promoter Eddie Hearn.
Eubank Jr. would have received a big payday had he fought GGG. Eubank Sr. says that he and son were “swindled” out of the Triple G fight. As a result of the Golovkin fight failing to happen, Eubank Jr. is now no longer with Hearn and his Matchroom Sport stable. It would seem that they all lost with Eubank Jr. moving on rather than staying on with Hearn. The Golovkin fight went to Kell Brook, who is also promoted by Hearn.
“My son would wreck Golovkin,” said Eubank Jr. via IFL TV. “We got swindled out of that fight. They swindled themselves because now they’re not part of me.”
It looks like Golovkin and Eubank Jr. are going in different directions right now. Eubank Jr. is now moving up to 168, while GGG stays at 160 and faces Danny Garcia and then possibly Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2017. A fight between Golovkin and Eubank Jr. is likely one that will never happen now unless Eubank Jr. makes a big name for himself at 168. Barring that from happening, the chances of Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler giving Eubank Jr. a second chance is very remote. There’s nothing that Eubank Jr. is doing with his career that would make it worthwhile for Golovkin to fight him. For example, in 2016, Eubank Jr. has fought Nick Blackwell and Tom Doran, both of which are domestic level fighters. Eubank Jr. hasn’t stepped up a level to fight the better fighters.
Hearn perhaps should have given the Golovkin-Eubank Jr. negotiations more time to try and put the fight together rather than giving up on them and offering the fight to Brook. The failed negotiations and the subsequent offering of the fight to Brook was bound to foul of the relations between the Eubanks and Hearn.
Eubank Jr. will be fighting for the IBO super middleweight title against champion Renold Quinlan. That’s not a big name that the boxing world cares about. Even if Eubank Jr. wins that fight, he’s not going to get a lot of credit for the win.