Promoter Eddie Hearn has lifted the lid on the reason why Chris Eubank Jr. is not fighting world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 10.
Eubank was seemingly on the verge of landing a massive pay-per-view bout with ‘GGG’ at the O2 Arena in London until problems arose on Thursday, resulting in welterweight title holder Kell Brook taking his place.
Brook is having to move up 13 pounds in weight to challenge the pound for pound star in an undefeated battle, whilst Hearn said he did everything he could to give Eubank Jr. the opportunity to sign the fight.
“I worked for three weeks on that fight and working with Chris Eubank Sr. it felt like three years,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.
“We got into a position where everybody was ready to sign. He was offered the same pay-per-view structure deal as Anthony Joshua, Carl Froch and the one Kell Brook accepted, but unfortunately, they made the deal impossible.
“Certain things they wanted were just a complete no-go and they were given a deadline but they chose not to take the fight.
Eubank’s future at Matchroom Boxing is certainly in doubt following these developments as options for the current British ruler are limited.
Golovkin is preparing to make his UK debut without Eubank Jr. in the opposite corner and begins as a huge favourite against Brook to retain his position at the top.