Chris Eubank Jr is “very close” to agreeing a £3 million bout with the fearsome Gennady Golovkin, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Golovkin, 34, has won all of his 35 fights – 33 of which have been by knockout – and was tipped for a huge fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
However, Canelo’s preference of fighting at a catchweight continues to scupper such a deal, while Eubank Jr called out Golovkin after he retained his British middleweight title with a fourth-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Tom Doran.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler told the Associated Press that both camps were “working on finalising details”, while Hearn has told the Daily Mail that a fight is on the verge of being agreed.
“It is very close to being made. We had a positive meeting with Sky and the major details are nearly all agreed. We still have stuff to discuss but I expect both sides to sign by the end of this weekend,” he said.
“We have been negotiating and each camp is up for it and September is in my mind at the O2 in London. But we are nearly at the point where each side needs to put up or shut up.
“They have taunted each other on social media and both say they want it – now the fighters need to prove it by signing.”
Eubank Jr has lost one of his 24 fights, and Hearn admits he is slightly surprised at the 26-year-old’s desire to fight Kazakhstan’s Golovkin.
“It’s funny, I am still waiting for a call from the Eubanks to say this was all for a bit of hype,” he added.
“But it’s not – they genuinely want Chris Eubank to fight the most feared boxer on the planet in Gennady Golovkin. They are deadly serious about the fight.”