Golovkin and Brook meet for the unified belts at 160 pounds at the O2 Arena in London after Eubank Jr. and his father stalled on getting their portion of a deal to fight the Kazakh puncher on the same date finalised.
That left the door open for Brook to swoop in and seal the encounter for himself, although Hearn was adamant Eubank Jr. would be in the frame for the winner when the official announcement was made on Friday.
“There’s huge future for Chris Eubank Jr., in fact he can fight the winner later on in the year,” said Hearn. “He misses out this time but I’m sure he’ll get his chance in due course.”
Eubank Jr. is still the British title holder so could well make a defence of the Lonsdale Belt on the undercard but there has been no word from the Brighton man or his ex-world champion dad on their immediate future.
Whether they will remain with Hearn could be in question as they have severed ties with Matchroom once before, whilst further assurances over a clash with Golovkin or Brook in the coming months would more than likely sweeten the Eubank’s outlook.