Chris Eubank Jr targeted by Ryota Murata who can scupper plans for Gennadiy Golovkin fight, Bob Arum says | Boxing News

Chris Eubank Jr’s ambition to tee up a major fight with Gennadiy Golovkin could be spoiled by Ryota Murata, promoter Bob Arum has warned.

Eubank Jr plans to return in December, with Liam Williams set to be offered the chance to fight him, while Kazakh star Golovkin has already been contacted about a huge clash next year.

IBF middleweight champion Golovkin is first planning a title unification fight with WBA champ Murata in Japan at the end of this year.

Ryota Murata
Ryota Murata intends to ruin Eubank Jr’s plans

Top Rank’s Arum, who promotes Murata, told Sky Sports: “We are working very, very hard to put that fight together at the end of the year. We hope that the quarantine will have eased in Japan.

“We are not only fighting to raise the money for the fight, but we are fighting the pandemic too.

“It’s a good fight. Murata is a gold medallist from the Olympics and is really coming along.

“Golovkin, for all his great success, is slipping as he gets older. So it’s a competitive fight.”

December 18, 2020; Hollywood, Florida; Gennadiy Golovkin and Kamil Szeremeta during their bout on the December 18, 2020 Matchroom fight card in Hollywood, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Melina Pizano/Matchroom.
Golovkin is 39 and ‘slipping’ says Bob Arum

Feted knockout artist Golovkin has lost just once in 43 fights, a controversial points defeat to his great rival Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, but he is now 39.

Talks to pit Eubank Jr against Golovkin have started, according to BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom, who previously told Sky Sports: “Contact has been made with Golovkin’s team and talks are progressing.

“They want the fight with Eubank Jr and we’re looking at a May date.”

Arum reacted: “If GGG is successful, I’m sure that the Eubank Jr fight is very attractive to him.

“But I think that Murata, on home ground, could pull off an upset.

“In which case I’d love nothing more than for Murata to fight Eubank Jr. It would be a big fight in the US, Japan and the UK.”

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Eubank Jr believes there is ‘no doubt’ he will be a world champion next year

Eubank Jr has previously told Sky Sports he would be confident of pulling off victory over Golovkin, saying: “I’m the most exciting fighter in the weight division. I’m the fighter that the fans want to see in with these guys, so it has to happen.

“I’ve been visualising it for years and I know how to beat him. I’ve just got to get the opportunity and it’s coming.

“The styles that me and him have, it can’t be anything short of an epic war.

“He doesn’t know how to fight going backwards and I don’t know how to stop throwing punches.

“You put those two styles together and you’re in for a legendary boxing match.”

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles

November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
Super-lightweight tournament

November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut

November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title

December 11 – BOXXER
Savannah Marshall
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin

December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title

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