British contender Chris Eubank Jr. is in no doubt about why his scheduled fight with Gennady Golovkin in September 2016 failed to go ahead as planned.
Eubank, who is preparing for his ITV Box Office debut this weekend, is adamant promoter Eddie Hearn took the opportunity away from him, instead opting to send Kell Brook to a certain defeat.
Brook lost in five entertaining rounds to Golovkin at the O2 Arena in London, breaking his eye socket in the process, and Eubank now firmly believes his chance will come against the hard-hitting Kazakh at some point in 2017.
“One hundred percent (it will happen), that’s the fight I want because that’s what the public want to see,” Eubank said to ESPN.
“I’ve been calling for it for the last two years. I’ve every bit of confidence that fight with Golovkin will happen in 2017.
“It’s not that I didn’t go through with it last year, I want the fight, but [promoter] Eddie Hearn gave the fight away to Kell Brook.
“Everything was being finalised and he [Hearn] saw an easier option. We’re not yes men, we don’t say yes to every clause. All the funny business that gets put into contracts, but we want a fair shake.
“We were close to making the fight but out of nowhere Kell Brook said he would take the fight, even though he was not a middleweight and was never going to win it, and Eddie Hearn saw an opportunity.
“But if anything it’s given me more time to prepare for Gennady Golovkin, I’m still in a strong position, it could happen.
“I’ve been told there’s a strong chance of the fight happening and there are exciting times ahead in 2017,” he added.
Golovkin first must retain against mandatory challenger Danny Jacobs next month, whilst Eubank has to take care of business against Renold Quinlan to make his PPV debut a successful one.