Chris Eubank Jr. has struggled to land a big-name opponnet since signing a deal with BOXXER and Sky Sports.
After facing Liam Williams in February and winning a decisive decision, Eubank reinforced his decision to remain with Sky.
However, the problem is a lack of massive stars on the roster to give the son of a legend that competitive edge.
So far, since the Williams win, Eubank is linked with predominant super-welterweights. Kell Brook, who boiled back down to 147 for Amir Khan earlier this, retired after his win despite Eubank talks.
Now Liam Smith, who is back in the big leagues since beating Jessie Vargas, is also on the radar for a move up in weight.
Those who know of Eubank’s career will also understand that the Brighton man hits like a mule. Therefore, anyone coming up in weight will have real problems with the 32-year-old.
Eubank campaigned at 168 pounds before moving down and would not consider going any lower than 160 for Smith or Brook if he did reverse his retirement.
What Sky and Boxxer need to grasp is some outside talent from other companies. Certainly those in and around the titles. Eubank has previously been down the road of a British super-fight against James DeGale. He really should be fighting for a world title by now.
Chris Eubank Jr options
Billy Joe Saunders would also be a solid consideration for Eubank. But judging by his activity since losing to Canelo, it’s not likely we will see Saunders back in a British ring anytime soon – if ever.
WBA and IBF champion Gennadiy Golovkin may retire if he loses to Canelo, and there could be two middleweight titles lying vacant by the fall. Eubank has to be in the mix for those kinds of opportunities.
Ranked number one with the WBA, Eubank could push for the GGG fight if the Kazakh puncher decides not to retire. However, that would then extend the time he has to wait.
It’s far more believable that Golovkin would walk away from the sport if he loses for the second time in three fights to Canel Alvarez. That could free up Eubank to challenge Erislandy Lara for the WBA belt.
The Cuban will almost certainly get boosted to full champion if Golovkin steps away. With only the IBF strap, then up for grabs.
Eubank is not ranked by the IBF, leaving Sky will little choice but to try and convince Lara to come to the UK.
It’s either that or another weight mismatch for Eubank, which his career doesn’t deserve.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.