Editor Matt Christie gives his take on Gennady Golovkin vs Chris Eubank Jr in this week’s issue of Boxing News magazine:
WHEN Tyson Fury declared he had the beating of Wladimir Klitschko, as far back as 2011, people reacted like Derek Trotter had just fallen through a bar. The giggles got even louder two years ago when Chris Eubank Jr announced he would be too much for Gennady Golovkin. Oh the hilarity! Confident fighters daring to believe in themselves and wanting to challenge the best available opposition. The cheek of it.
The laughter subsided last November when Fury went over to Germany to challenge Klitschko and came back with the heavyweight title.
Now we’re told that Eubank, who takes on Tom Doran this weekend, might get his rub-your-noses-in-it moment in September, with a shot at Golovkin already at the negotiating table. While I certainly understand the initial doubt – my eyebrows raised when Team Eubank first spoke of Mission: Golovkin – it’s the outrage, and the desire to see him fail, that is puzzling. Last year, in the Hove Gym where he trains, Eubank suggested it was a national trait, that his personality was the polar opposite of the ‘loveable loser’-type sporting hero.