Chris Eubank Jr. hopes to seal a long-trumpeted but as yet unrealised showdown with IBF middleweight king Gennady Golovkin by the close of 2021.

Eubank was originally scheduled to face Golovkin back in September 2016, but the deal failed at the last hurdle before then-IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook leapt two divisions to take the opportunity instead.

A Eubank-Golovkin bout has been mentioned regularly since, mostly by the Brighton man, but he is still driven by the possibility of that fight. First, Eubank meets Manchester’s Marcus Morrison on the Dereck Chisora vs Joseph Parker undercard on May 1, having signed with Sauerland Promotion earlier this year.

“The end game for this year is Gennady Golovkin. 100 percent,” Eubank (29-2, 22 KOs) told IntuBoxing. “I’ve wanted that fight for years. He is the number one guy in the middleweight division. So that is the fight that I really want. And that fight can be made, who else is there who people want to see him fucking fight? I’d give him the most entertaining, the most competitive fight out there in my opinion. So he is number one, but there are a lot of big names out there.

“You’ve got Ryota Murata who has the full WBA world title, [I’m] the interim holder, so that is a big fight that I want. All these guys at the top of the middleweight division, I’m coming for those belts. There’s a lot of politics in boxing so some of those fights may be hard to make, but I want to be back in the ring soon after this fight here [with Morrison].

“So people are talking about Kell Brook maybe for the summer, to get me on the right track ready for Golovkin. That never really crossed my mind up until everyone started talking about it and now, when you think about it, it is a fun fight, it is a great fight. I guess people want to see it, I’d be happy to jump in there with a few of the names I’ve been told so it is just up to them to do the matchmaking and for me to show up on the night.”