Kalle Sauerland, the new promoter for WBA interim-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr, has revealed that IBF champion Gennadiy Golovkin is the top target for them in 2021.
Earlier this month, Eubank Jr. signed a promotional agreement with Team Sauerland.
“Golovkin is the No 1 target. GGG is a legend but he’s there for the taking,” Sauerland told Sky Sports.
“This is the right time to make the fight. It’s a great fight. It’s a fight you could do in the UK. Golovkin has fought here before [against Kell Brook in 2016]. In normal times the logical place to make this fight would be the UK, maybe at Brighton’s football stadium [in Eubank Jr’s home city]. The timing is now right. Golovkin is at the top of our list.”
Golovkin and Eubank Jr. were lined up to fight each other in 2016 in London.
The fight fell out, according to Eubank’s then promoter Eddie Hearn, was due to the British boxer being difficult in finalizing the terms.
Eubank Jr. was replaced by Kell Brook, who Golovkin stopped in five rounds.
Eubank Jr. has been out of the ring since 2019, but he’s been working hard in Florida with his trainer, four division world champion Roy Jones Jr.
He wants to return to the UK for his next fight – which may not be possible due to the cornavirus pandemic.
“He feels that he wants to box in the UK again,” Sauerland said.
“He’s 31 years old, at a stage where it’s about building on the wins that he has had. He needs to seize the moment. He needs to get out quick in a tune-up before going against the bigger names. I expect him out around Easter then again in the summer. The plan is to box in the UK but, with the pandemic, we will look at other countries. But our focus is on the UK.
“He is a top five UK name. Look at his social media following or the reaction his name causes. He is Marmite, not everyone loves him! He may hang out with superstars but you won’t find a harder working boxer. He has a winner’s attitude.
“He is not an Instagram boxer, he is the real deal. Team Sauerland have always thrown curveballs. We signed George Groves days before the Wembley showdown against Carl Froch. We worked with David Haye too. We have had success with UK names and excitement is what Eubank Jr brings. He splits opinion down the middle in a similar way to his father. He has fantastic physical attributes and boxing attributes that are still improving – you saw him take out James DeGale spectacularly and that is something to build on.”