Chris Eubank Jr’s big name options include a feared champion, an old rival and someone who would reignite a family feud…
The fearsome Kazakh owns the IBF middleweight championship and is Eubank Jr’s preferred option.
But Golovkin’s scheduled clash with WBA champion Ryota Murata has been postponed and is expected to be rearranged.
“They’re hired to fight,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland, who represents Eubank Jr.
“We certainly won’t wait if [Golovkin and Murata] fight in April.
“World titles are important. This year it’s about winning a world championship.
“The schedule is something we will discuss.”
Eubank Jr said: “In a perfect world, it’s a world title against Golovkin in my next fight.
“It’s easier said than done, I get that.
“It’s about chasing championship fights or big names.”
Golovkin previously said of Eubank Jr’s challenge: “It just looks cheap. It doesn’t deserve my attention at all.”
“I like my chances of making a catchweight,” Benn said on social media after Eubank Jr.’s win.
Benn is currently campaigning at welterweight, two weight divisions below Eubank Jr, who is at middleweight.
Their legendary fathers Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank fought memorably in the 1990s.
Eubank Jr reacted: “This is a fight that, if it were to happen, would be massive and crazy. What fight fan wouldn’t want to see it? Two sons of legends are fighting.
“In a few years, if Conor fills up and I want to have fun, then we can keep going. But not now.”
Sauerland said after Benn’s call, “I released this six weeks ago!”
But promoter Ben Shalom said: “I would be very surprised if Conor is serious.”
Billy Joe Saunders
Eubank Jr suffered their first loss to Saunders in 2014, but their rivalry has only escalated since then.
Promoter Shalom revealed that Saunders was interested in a rematch: “He’s always on the phone with me. Billy Joe really wants him. He knows Chris has gotten stronger and stronger since their last fight. He’s a huge fight.
“There are big British fights there.”
Eubank Jr said: “I don’t think about it much. Is this a fight I would take? Yes. The fight has a story, it’s two top fighters who don’t like each other.
“But he has nothing to offer.
“If it’s the right time, the right place, the business makes sense, then let’s do it.”
Sauerland said: “Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua is the one people want but, behind that, is Eubank Jr v Saunders.”
Eubank Jr was in line to fight Golovkin in 2016 instead, in the end Brook took advantage.
Since then, there is a score to settle.
Brook is due to face longtime rival Amir Khan first on February 19, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“I know Kell mentioned it,” promoter Shalom said. “He has a big fight in two weeks so let’s see.”
Sauerland previously said: “If Brook beats Khan, who is 50-50, then [Brook vs Eubank Jr] becomes a monster!”
A vacant belt?
The other name mentioned was Demetrius Andrade, the undefeated American two-weight world champion.
Andrade vacates his WBO middleweight title to move up to super middleweight.
Zhanibek Alimkhanuly is expected to be the first to challenge for the vacant WBO belt.
But Eubank Jr sits at No. 5 in the WBO middleweight rankings and could target that path to becoming world champion.
Sky Sports Boxing Schedule
Saturday February 19 in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
Natasha Jonas vs. Ewa Piatkowska – WBO super welterweight title
Frazer Clarke’s professional debut
Saturday 26 February in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight titles
Nick Campbell vs. Jay McFarlane – Scottish heavyweight title
Saturday, March 5 in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Pedraza
Saturday March 12 in Newcastle
Savannah Marshall vs. Femke Hermans – WBO Middleweight Title
Sunday March 20 in New York
Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls