Fresh off his stunning revenge win over Liam Smith last month, it feels like another big fight lays waiting in 2024 for Chris Eubank Jr.
Despite being one of the most high profile boxers in the UK, Eubank Jr is yet to match his father’s accolade of being crowned a world champion.
An opportunity to change that could be in the offing, after ‘Next Gen’ was on the receiving end of a public offer from one of the current belt holders at middleweight.
WBO champion Janibek Alimkhanuly has taken to social media to call out the Brit, who is now ranked number one with that governing body.
“Now Chris Eubank is number one in the WBO ranking.”
“I’ll knock him out in the first round with my eyes closed! He knows it. If he agrees to fight me, this fight will have to happen in Vegas!”
Alimkhanuly is widely regarded as the best fighter in the division, and has already seen of the challenges of two of Eubank’s countrymen, Denzel Bentley and Danny Dignum.
He is due to take on IBF champion Vincenzo Gualtieri in a unification next weekend, meaning Eubank could actually get the opportunity to win two belts should he accept the Kazakh’s challenge.
However, Janibek’s promoter Todd DuBoef told Sky Sports that he’s not so sure Jr fancies the job.
“It takes two to make a fight, and for some reason, no one will actually go to the participant.”
“The participant is overtly omitting, dodging or moving away from the opponent – his team could want it, his mother could want it – but if the athlete doesn’t want the fight, it’s not going to happen.”
As appealing as a shot of world honour’s may be for Eubank, more alluring would likely be a mammoth pay day against family rival Conor Benn, which is tipped to land at the end of the year.