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Eubank Jr. confident fight with Golovkin happens this year

Despite a failed round of negotations last year, Chris Eubank Jr. says he’s all in for a fight with Gennady Golovkin in 2017.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Although Chris Eubank Jr. has just made a move to the super middleweight division to take on Renold Quinlan in an IBO title fight, he says he still has some unfinished business with the number one fighter in the middleweight division — Gennady Golovkin.

Talking to ESPN on the potential fight, Eubank Jr. insists:

"I've been calling for it for the last two years. I've every bit of confidence that fight with Golovkin will happen in 2017.

"It's not that I didn't go through with it last year, I want the fight, but [promoter] Eddie Hearn gave the fight away to Kell Brook.”

Eubank Jr. goes on to mention that they were in the midst of finalizing the deal to fight Golovkin when Hearn came across an easier deal to make, with Kell Brook ready to acquiesce to a contract exactly as it was presented to him.

"Everything was being finalised and he [Hearn] saw an easier option. We're not yes men, we don't say yes to every clause. All the funny business that gets put into contracts, but we want a fair shake.”

Eubank Jr. says that if anything that little hiccup has just given him more time to prepare for Golovkin and that he looks forward to that fight coming off this year. He finally mentions that his intentions are to campaign between both the middleweight and super middleweight division, targeting anyone who holds a title belt.

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