Following Gennady Golovkin’s defeat to Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night, Chris Eubank Jr was quick to jump at the chance to call him out, despite having a fight against Conor Benn just three weeks away.
‘Triple G’ lost via unanimous decision in what is expected to be the final instalment of his historic trilogy with Canelo. However, a lacklustre performance for the vast majority of the fight has led fans to believe that the 40-year-old is not the fighter he once was, even though he is still the unified middleweight world champion.
The close scorecards didn’t really tell the story of what was a comfortable night for Mexican Álvarez, but Golovkin showing signs of ageing has middleweight contenders, such as Eubank Jr, fancying their chances. So much so that the Brit hopped straight on to twitter to call out the veteran.
“GGG you had a great run. Come back down to middleweight & let’s fight for those belts you still have in December or just pass em over & I’ll look after them for the next couple years while you enjoy retirement… you earned it champ.”
GGG you had a great run. Come back down to middleweight & let’s fight for those belts you still have in December or just pass em over & I’ll look after them for the next couple years while you enjoy retirement… you earned it champ.
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) September 18, 2022
This would be Eubank’s first challenge for the middleweight world titles, but he has previously come unstuck in a contest with George Groves for the WBA and IBO super-middleweight belts.
December is undoubtedly an ambitious date to request, not only for Golovkin but for himself, with him due to fight Conor Benn on October 8. It remains to be seen if this is a genuine call out or another attempt at mind games to imply that he is overlooking Benn, such as his KFC exploits.