Chris Eubank Jr tells Gennadiy Golovkin: 'You're the No 1 name on my list' of desired opponents

"I know that I have the tools and the style to take this guy out"

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: during the weigh-in ahead of the IBO World Super Middleweight Title fight between DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr. on the 23rd February at the Intercontinental Hotel on February 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
Image: Eubank Jr is targeting Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has warned that his "speed and volume punching" would overwhelm Gennadiy Golovkin, the champion he is targeting.

Eubank Jr missed out on challenging for Golovkin's world middleweight championship in 2016 but wants to resurrect that rivalry and inflict a damaging defeat on him.

"He is the No 1 name on my list right now," Eubank Jr exclusively revealed to Sky Sports.

Gennady Golovkin
Image: Golovkin is the IBF middleweight champion

"We were supposed to fight and it has always irked me that the fight was stolen from me and given to Kell Brook at the last minute.

"In the back of my mind it has always been there. I've always wanted to fight him."

Kazakhstan knockout artist Golovkin was one of the world's most fearsome punchers during his pomp - his win over Brook was his 18th consecutive stoppage victory in a world title fight.

Golovkin has since had two classic battles with his great rival Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, drawing the first and losing the rematch, both in controversial decisions. Aged 37, he regained the IBF title in his most recent fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

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"People put this guy's name so high," Eubank Jr said. "But I know I can beat him. I know that I have the tools and the style to take this guy out.

"My speed, my tenacity? I don't think he would be able to deal with it.

"This is the main fight.

"Canelo? Everybody would love to fight him but he's not going anywhere. He will be in the game a lot longer. Golovkin will have a couple more big fights then bow out.

"I've been trying to get this fight for years. This is the fight that I want."

Eubank Jr earned a career-best win over James DeGale last year
Image: Eubank Jr earned a career-best win over James DeGale last year
Canelo & Golovkin shared two classic battles
Image: Canelo & Golovkin shared two classic battles

Golovkin has never been on the floor but Eubank Jr believes he could change that: "That's the plan. I don't like to give predictions but I am the type of fighter who tries to stop his man every time, and that's why I'm such a fan favourite. People know I do the business.

"With my fight style - speed and volume punching - it would be an amazing fight. Golovkin is a come-forward fighter. It would be fireworks, a fight that the fans would enjoy.

"Because of my style, I would stop him due to the pure amount of punches. Whether it's a cut or he gets tired, stopping him would definitely be on the cards."

Eubank Jr's previous fight was a victorious US debut, albeit bizarrely as Matt Korobov injured himself early. He insists that beating Golovkin would be the major statement he is seeking.

"That's what we are looking to do, especially now that we are boxing in America in front of audiences that maybe haven't watched me as much, is to make big big statements," he said. "To do that you have to fight the big names."

Billy Joe Saunders, who ended Eubank Jr's unbeaten record, had beaten Callum Smith in the race to face Canelo after protracted negotiations.

"They are waiting around for scraps," Eubank Jr said of his British rivals.

"I would never put my career on hold for anybody.

"There are too many belts, too many other great fights, that can be made.

"Canelo is young with a huge fan-base and will continue fighting so there is no need to stall your career for him. If anything, being active is the best way to fight him because the more wins you have, people will say: 'Let's see what you can do'. Being active is the best option."

Saunders had his licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control for a video that he posted on social media.

Eubank Jr said about Saunders and Smith: "They say they were [negotiating] - I don't think either actually wants to fight Canelo. They may want a pay-day but they don't want to fight.

"Each of their previous performances were terrible so there's no doubt in my mind that Canelo would stop them both."

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