Chris Eubank Jr is a man who is often quick to stoke the flames on social media when his potential opponents have just completed their respective contests. Chris Jr again wasn't shy in calling out sure-fire first ballot hall of Famer and unified middleweight world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Golovkin suffered defeat in his trilogy encounter with rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last Saturday(17th September) via a unanimous decision to go alongside a controversial draw result and controversial majority decision, which many suggest were actually the wrong calls by the official at the time. But one thing is for certain, those fights will go down as classics due to the fanfare they created creating leaving a legacy for connoisseurs of the sport to reflect on and enjoy.
However, Chris Eubank Jr continues to seek a fight with Golovkin and tweeted.
“GGG you had a great run. Come back down to middleweight and let’s fight for those belts you still have in December or just pass them over and I’ll look after them for the next couple of years while you enjoy retirement … you earned it champ,” Eubank Jr. wrote on Twitter.
Golovkin is now 40 years old and retirement is a genuine possibility due to his long career along with the fact that there are not many other challenges for Golovkin which will reward the risks needed to continue fighting. Chris Eubank Jr could be a possibility for Golovkin however Eubank Jr is scheduled to fight generational rival, Conor Benn, in a catchweight contest at 157lbs on October 8th in London. Despite Chris Jr’s long time calling out of Golovkin, the pairing was scheduled to fight each other in September of 2016 but due to a collapse in negotiations saw Eubank Jr withdraw from the contest which allowed then IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to step up two weight categories to fight Golovkin. Golovkin defeated Brook in four rounds at the 02 Arena but this allowed Brook to collect a purse rumoured to be in excess of $3 million dollars.
The collapse in negotiations saw Eubank Jr ridiculed along with his father Chris Sr which saw then promoter of Chris Jr, Eddie Hearn state that he couldn't work with Chris Jr if his father played an active role in a managerial aspect of his son’s boxing career.
However, Golovkin did suggest that he does wish to carry on fighting post-fight last weekend but as previously written only fights which appease the Khazk. Despite that Chris Jr still needs to negate past Conor Benn before any talks of a Golovkin fight can even begin.