Chris Eubank eyeing world title fight with Liam Smith or Zhanibek Alimkhanuly; Gennadiy Golovkin also potential option after Canelo Alvarez loss

A world title-chasing Chris Eubank Jr has Zhanibek Alimkhanuly and Liam Smith in his sights, whereas the Brit continues to be not ruling out a long-sought-after fight in opposition to Gennadiy Golovkin, says BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom.

Eubank Jr, who beat Liam Williams by way of unanimous determination in February, had been linked to a doable fight with Kell Brook following the Sheffield man’s victory over Amir Khan, just for Brook’s retirement announcement to formally finish negotiations on the weekend.

Shalom believes the result served as the precise transfer for each males, and is now assured Eubank Jr is poised for a title shot within the close to future.

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“We’d like the Zhanibek [Alimkhanuly] fight potentially,” Shalom informed Sky Sports. “He’s fighting Danny Dignum for the world title in May. We’re speaking to Top Rank about that fight.

“Eubank Jr desires a world title and we consider that is the simplest option for him now. We also assume Liam Smith is an efficient fight and I feel it’ll come all the way down to these two.

“I’d like to see him fight for a world title, I think we can make that happen.”

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Highlights of Chris Eubank Jr’s assertion win over Liam Williams in Cardiff.

Former world champion Liam Smith strengthened his place within the WBO rankings with a Tenth-round stoppage victory over Jessie Vargas in Madison Square Garden.

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But Golovkin stays a favoured opponent for Eubank Jr, and the Kazakh star may very well be compelled to reassess his personal plans for the rest of the yr after a trilogy fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was put doubtful, or at the very least on maintain, following the Mexican’s defeat to Dmitry Bivol.

“It will be interesting to see what happens with the Canelo-Golovkin fight, because Golovkin was a fight that Chris really wanted and I think that’s a great fight for Chris,” Shalom added.

“Golovkin’s been ready for that rematch with Canelo and if Canelo’s now going to fight Bivol in a rematch, then CEJ-GGG might grow to be extra seemingly. I’d prefer to see him fight for world titles, whether or not it is Golovkin, Zhanibek, Lara – that is what he must be aiming for.

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Chris Eubank knocked down Liam Williams for a fourth time through the eleventh spherical of their fight in Cardiff.

“Chris Eubank Jr won’t duck anyone and has never ducked anyone. He wants world titles and that’s always been the ambition. Who wouldn’t want a big fight with Kell Brook? Of course Eubank wanted that, but at the same time his ambition is world titles and his ambition is the biggest names.

“We consider he will have his world title shot very quickly and we expect that is the precise path for him. It was proper for Kell to retire and it is also proper from Chris to be combating the perfect now of lively fighters and be going for the titles.”

How shut was Brook fight?

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Kell Brook has introduced his retirement from boxing, with the previous welterweight world champion calling time on his profession on the age of 36.

An at-peace Brook known as time on his 40-win profession on the weekend as he admitted there was “no dark feeling left in me” due to the win over Khan, his respect for whom he underlined following the pair’s decade-long feud.

While Eubank Jr proved tempting, retirement all the time seemingly felt like the trail Brook would take.

“There was a little interest in the Eubank Jr fight from him, but when the commercial arrangements dragged on,” mentioned Shalom. “We believed it was an amazing option to retire on the high.

“If it had gone the opposite approach in opposition to Khan it may need been completely different, however after a profession like he is had and to have the ability to end on an evening like that, it was positively the precise determination.

“When we spoke and decided that Eubank wasn’t the right option and that retirement was the best option, I think everyone felt comfortable with that decision.

“It wasn’t the load, I feel we obtained previous the load. The economics of the fight made it tough. The longer Kell was out the gymnasium, the extra he might see issues with a clearer head. Kell was all the time leaning in the direction of retirement, it was going to take one thing extraordinarily particular to pull him again in.”


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