Gennadiy Golovkin hits back at Chris Eubank Jr’s challenge: ‘It just looks cheap’ | Boxing News

Gennadiy Golovkin has retaliated at Chris Eubank Jr. by insisting he has “stopped paying attention” to his call-outs – but has revealed his willingness to fight in the UK.

Eubank Jr. has identified the IBF middleweight champion as his No 1 target and has warned: “I have the perfect style to stop Golovkin even though it’s never been done before.”

The rivals had been on the verge of a fight in the UK in 2016 until Kell Brook replaced Eubank Jr, and was brutally beaten by the feared Kazakh knockout puncher Golovkin.

December 17, 2020;  Hollywood, Florida;  Gennadiy Golovkin steps on the scale to weigh-in for the December 18, 2020 Matchroom fight card in Hollywood, Florida.  Mandatory Credit: Melina Pizano / Matchroom.
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Golovkin is the IBF middleweight champion

Golovkin has now told Sky Sports about Eubank Jr.’s provocation: “I have stopped paying attention to people calling me out.

“It’s the same thing. People claim things, they say they have certain arrangements.

“It just looks cheap. It’s not worth my attention at all.”

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Hear what Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams said to each other during their face-off at Thursday’s press conference

Golovkin, now aged 39, had a comeback fight fall through against fellow titleholder Ryota Murata in Japan in December which was set to unify the IBF and WBA middleweight championships.

He said about returning to Britain for a future fight: “I remember coming to the UK. I liked that night, I enjoyed it. It was an entertaining fight.

“I would not limit myself to any individual country.

“It depends on many factors. I’m sure the conditions offered for a fight in the United States or in my home country of Kazakhstan would not be any worse than those offered in the UK.

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Liam Williams says he has a better skillset and punches harder than Chris Eubank Jr as he plans to win by knockout on Saturday night

“So let’s be realistic.”

Eubank Jr is the No 1 contender in the WBA rankings and is waiting in the wings for a world title shot.

“The fight already entices them, they’ve been in contact with us,” Eubank Jr. has previously said about Golovkin.

The only imperfections on Golovkin’s record are his two fights with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, a draw and a defeat, both of which he disputes.

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Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams exchanged heated words at the open workout in Cardiff

He has sat at the pinnacle of the middleweight division for a decade, holding a world championship belt in each of the past 10 years.

But Eubank Jr. has vowed: “I really and truly believe I would stop him.

“My engine and his fight style? He does not back down and goes to war regardless.

“An immovable force against an unstoppable object. When two warriors collide who put it all on the line, it would be an amazing fight.

“I do not believe he could out-punch or out-perform me.

“I’ve had that mindset for years now. I have the perfect style to stop Golovkin even though it’s never been done before.”

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Chris Eubank Jr says having the fans against him in Cardiff will make him more spiteful and the fight will go however he wants it to go against Liam Williams

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

Saturday February 5 in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles

Saturday February 19 in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
Natasha Jonas vs. Ewa Piatkowska – WBO super-welterweight title
Frazer Clarke’s pro debut

Saturday February 26 in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight 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
Keyshawn Davis
Xander Zayas

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