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Exclusive: Hearn rules out Brook-Vargas / GGG-Eubank Jr double-bill

Phil Jay 04/07/2016

Lawrence Lustig

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has told WBN there’s no chance of a world title co-feature involving Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr. in London.

Speculation over Brook’s unification fight with Jessie Vargas clashing with Eubank’s challenge against middleweight king Gennady Golovkin had led to rumours the two contests could be merged to the same card.

Hearn informed World Boxing News on Sunday night that this is not the case and that both bouts will be headliners in their own right moving forward.

Announcements on Brook v Vargas for IBF and WBO welterweight belts and Golovkin v Eubank Jr. for a total of four titles at 160 pounds are due this week and are likely to be held separately in Sheffield and the nation’s capital this September or October.

All four fighters have traded words on social media in recent days as the UK fans brace themselves for two of the biggest fights of the year into the new season.

Brook v Vargas will decide who takes over the mantle as the 147 pound top dog following Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s retirements, whilst GGG v Eubank is seen as one of the most exciting bouts the middleweight division has to offer.

GGG had originally wanted to face Billy Joe Saunders for the final title needed to clean up at the weight, although Eubank Jr. stepped up when negotiations with Frank Warren failed to bring a positive result.