The rumored showdown between middleweight emperor Gennady Golovkin and rising star Chris Eubank Jr. appears well on track. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn spoke to Sky Sports earlier today about the matchup, stating that the camps have "virtually agreed" on terms and the contracts have already been drafted for a September showdown.
From the interview:
"There's a few things to tie up but basically if everyone wants this fight then it's all there to sign. If Golovkin really wants this fight, and I believe he does, and if Eubank wants the fight, which he does, then there's a real chance of that fight happening in London in the autumn.
"I think it would be a stadium fight. I think there would be the demand for 40-50,000 tickets. There is something nice about being in an arena but as we saw at Goodison Park [for Tony Bellew v Ilunga Makabu], you can guarantee a great atmosphere outdoors too."
Eubank (22-1, 17 KO) first has to deal with Tom Doran tomorrow in the co-feature of Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale, but the vast, vast majority of observers consider his victory a given. This will be Eubank’s first defense of the BBBofC belt he lifted from Nick Blackwell last year.
Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO) has fought just once in 2016, a two-round blowout of Dominic Wade back in April. He’ll likely be a prohibitive favorite should this fight develop, though that’s no knock on Eubank.
I could probably come up with a good Brexit joke about what "GGG" would do to him but that’s not a hornets’ nest I’m willing to kick at the moment.