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Wilder ready to put on a show

Last Updated: 16/07/16 7:13am

Chris Arreola (left) and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola (left) and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola (left) and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder says he is hoping to put on “a show” with Chris Arreola in their WBC world heavyweight title fight.

Wilder (36-0-KO35) is a big favourite going into the fourth defence of his crown, which will be shown live on Sky Sports on Saturday night, while Arreola is hoping to cash in on an unexpected opportunity.

Wilder was scheduled to fight in Russia against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in May, but that fight fell through when Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

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“We needed a guy that was going to come and fight,” Wilder said ahead of the bout in Alabama. “We needed a guy that wasn’t going to come and make excuses. He may still make excuses at the end talking about weight.

“But we mainly needed a guy that was going to come and give the people of Alabama a show, and worldwide.

“There’s no other guy that we could have had that was going to give me the fight that I was looking for out of a fighter than Chris Arreola. That’s why we chose him.”

Arreola and Wilder used their weigh-in to make a social statement

Arreola and Wilder used their weigh-in to make a social statement

Arreola and Wilder used their weigh-in to make a social statement

Wilder said he needed a quick fight after being down following cancellation of the fight with Povetkin, who has denied any wrongdoing.

“I can’t wait because I’ve been wanting to pound something,” Wilder said. “I’ve been wanting to pound something since May. I got teased a little bit. I don’t like to be teased. I got teased a little bit and now it’s time.”

On Saturday Wilder takes on Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title, which you can watch live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm

On Saturday Wilder takes on Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title, which you can watch live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm

On Saturday Wilder takes on Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title, which you can watch live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm

Arreola (36-4-1-KO31) is a big underdog going into the bout, with some oddsmakers installing Wilder as a 1/30 favourite. Arreola has lost in previous world title shots to Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder beat to claim the WBC crown in January 2015.

“I told my wife before she got here to make sure she gave $1,000 to one of my cousins to go put at least $1,000 on myself,” Arreola said. “That’s $30,000. I’ll take that all day every day.

“To me, that’s very disrespectful. Extremely disrespectful. Those are almost Buster [Douglas] odds.”

The 6ft 7in Wilder has knocked out every opponent except Stiverne, but his three title defences have all gone at least into the ninth. Wilder is coming off a ninth-round knockout of Artur Szpilka in January.

Arreola hasn’t fought since December, when he won a split decision over Travis Kauffman. It was declared a no contest because Arreola tested positive for marijuana.

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Ward-Townend on GGG-Brook bill

Last Updated: 15/07/16 4:07pm

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward outpointed Ruddy Encarnacion in his most recent fight

Martin J Ward and Andy Townend will contest the vacant British super-featherweight title on the Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook bill.

Ward (14-0-2-KO7) will defend his unbeaten record against the dangerous Townend (16-3-0-KO11), who has not lost for more than two years and has twice stopped challengers for his English title.

The fight is the latest announced for the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office? card which features three world title contests and the latest step in Conor Benn’s professional career.

“This is another outstanding match-up on an already packed night of boxing,” promoter Eddie Hearn said.

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin at their opening press conference

“Martin has done his apprenticeship and is now ready for the Lonsdale Belt against a very dangerous Andy Townend – it’s a real ‘pick em’ championship fight.”?

Ward said: “I can’t wait to finally get in the ring and fight for the British title. It’s the belt that all British fighters want to win and to fight for it on such a huge bill is great.

“Andy has been in great form and shown he has got power at the weight, but I believe I’ll have too much for him and it promises to be a great fight.”

London’s O2 Arena will host a bill topped by Brook’s challenge for Golovkin’s three middleweight titles.

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Golovkin and Brook top the September 10 Sky Sports Box Office bill

Lee Haskins defends his IBF bantamweight belt against Stuart Hall, while? Charlie Edwards fights Johnriel Casimero for the IBF flyweight title.

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Murray open to Eubank Jr war

Last Updated: 15/07/16 2:58pm

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is looking to face Chris Eubank Jr after the British middleweight champion failed to finalise a deal with Gennady Golovkin.

St Helens’ Murray (33-4-1-KO16) was most recently in action on June 25 when he was outpointed by fellow former world title challenger George Groves at super-middleweight.

Although both men billed that clash as a last-chance saloon in terms of world title ambitions, Murray’s desire still seems to be burning brightly enough. Certainly more brightly, he claims, than Eubank Jr’s desire to face Golovkin ever did.

No hurry for Murray

Glenn McCrory believes Eubank Jr should face Murray

He told Sky Sports: “Everyone keeps telling me they’d like to see me in with Eubank Jr and it’s a great fight I’d like to be involved in. I’m putting it out there that I’m ready and available if he wants to fight.

“I said it all along that he wouldn’t fight Golovkin. I said it was a publicity stunt and it turned out that way. It’s quite clever how they’ve done it because they were never going to fight him but they’ve talked the fight up and if and when he does fight him, it’s even bigger now.

Eubank is a very good fighter and he’s improving all the time but someone like myself – an experienced, strong middleweight, he’s not ready for.

Martin Murray

“He won’t fight me either, even though it’s a fight everyone wants to see. He won’t fight me, because if he does then he’ll lose and he’ll never get that Golovkin fight then.

“Barring Golovkin, I’ve said for years that I don’t think there’s anybody out there at middleweight who’d beat me. I think Eubank Jr is a good fight for me but I think it’s one I’d win very comfortably, if I’m honest.

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

“I rate Eubank Jr. He’s a very good fighter and he’s improving all the time but someone like myself – an experienced, strong middleweight, he’s not ready for in my opinion. He likes standing toe to toe and he likes having a go and I like having a fight so it’d be a great one to watch.?

“I can mix it with the super-middleweights but I feel like I’ve got more advantage at middleweight. I moved up because I found it hard to make but also, I didn’t know where I was going to go. Now there are big fights out there.”

Murray remains the man to have taken WBA Super, WBC and IBF champion Golovkin (35-0-KO32) the furthest, lasting until the 11th round in Monaco in February 2015.

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Does Deontay hit hard?

Last Updated: 15/07/16 1:02pm

Deontay Wilder has been preparing for his next world title defence and Eric Molina has felt the full force of his punches during sparring sessions.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ is one of the most dangerous punchers on the planet and will seek out a 36th stoppage win when he defends his WBC heavyweight title against Chris Arreola on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Eric Molina was halted by Wilder in the ninth round when they fought last June, but ‘The Drummer Boy’ was happy to help the champion prepare for Arreola and offered insight into their bruising sparring sessions in his Alabama gym.

What were your first impressions of Wilder’s gym?

It was very tough to train down there, different from down here in Texas. I used to training with an air conditioner and cooler, but in Wilder’s gym, he does train very hard.

He’s got a great team behind him and he loves the sport. You can definitely feel the energy from being around him.

How many rounds did you spar with Wilder?

It just depends. Anything from two to four rounds. Just depends on what type of day he was having.

On my part, I’m not one of those that likes to get too spicy as far as sparring goes. But I can say there were a couple of days where they were harder for him than others. That’s not just for him, that’s anybody in general. Every day is different.

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

What are his strengths?

It was one full year to the day that I got back in the ring with him. I feel in that year he’s calmer in the ring, more patient. His jab is sharper, his reflexes defensively have got better, his balance is better, and his power has got a bit stronger.

But all around, I feel that he’s improved.?

How hard does he hit?

All heavyweights hit hard, don’t get me wrong, but Wilder has the power naturally to knock anyone out at any given second with one punch.

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Wilder ready for Arreola

Last Updated: 16/07/16 1:07am

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder has vowed to take out the frustration of his postponed world title defence on Chris Arreola when the pair meet in the ring in Birmingham, Alabama at the weekend.

Wilder faces Arreola on Saturday night,? live on? Sky Sports, in the fourth defence of his WBC heavyweight title after a scheduled defence against Alexander Povetkin was called off due to a failed drugs test.

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

“I’ve wanted to hit somebody since May,” said the undefeated knockout specialist, who boasts a record of 36 wins, with 35 by stoppage.

“Does he deserve the title shot, no he doesn’t,” added Wilder about replacement Arreola, who is attempting to win a world title at the third time of asking.

“But for this situation that we’re in with the short notice, is he the perfect guy? You’re right, he is.”

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Arreola (36-4-1-KO31) returns to the ring for the first time this year after his December win over Travis Kauffman was changed to a no decision following a positive test for marijuana.

The 35-year-old battled to a draw against Fred Kassi in his previous fight and beat Curtis Harper 15 months ago in his first bout after losing a title contest to Bermane Stiverne.

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

“This is my third opportunity,” said Arreola, who was stopped on his stool after 10 rounds by Vitali Klitschko in 2009 in his first title shot. “I can’t let this opportunity slip away.

“I respect Deontay. But once the bell rings, it’s time to go fight and it’s time to get that title. I want that title.”

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Wilder agreed a voluntary defence against Arreola in a bid to stay active in his quest to unify the division and to distance himself from the legal fallout that followed the postponement of the Povetkin bout.

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

The Russian, who tested positive for a trace of newly-banned drug meldonium, claims a new test has proved he was clean and his camp are now threatening to sue.

Wilder knocked out Polish challenger Artur? Szpilka in his last fight in January.

Wilder polishes off Polish challenge

Deontay Wilder destroys Artur Szpilka with a stunning knockout

“This is the longest stretch that I’ve been out of the ring and I’m anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” added Wilder.

“This is another fight in that process.”

Wilder, however, is not planning on taking challenger Arreola for granted.

“When you’re in the hurt business, you have no choice but to stay focused on the test that lies at hand because if you’re not focused, you can get knocked out.”

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Stiverne: Wilder avoiding me

Last Updated: 15/07/16 6:43am

Bermane Stiverne (right) cited health issues for losing to Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne (right) cited health issues for losing to Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne (right) cited health issues for losing to Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne has criticised Deontay Wilder’s decision not to offer him a rematch.

Wilder won the WBC heavyweight title with a unanimous decision against Stiverne in January 2015 and will put the belt on the line against Chris Arreola on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm.

Stiverne, the first man to take Wilder the distance, had previously earned the title after twice beating Arreola so believes he should have been picked as the next challenger.

He knows he dodged a bullet when he fought me and now he’s got the title, he’ll just run with it.

Bermane Stiverne

“We all know Deontay doesn’t want it, he isn’t interested,” Stiverne told Sky Sports.

“He knows he dodged a bullet when he fought me and now he’s got the title, he’ll just run with it.

“It’s disappointing to see a champion like Wilder taking these opponents. I’ll make my decision about what’s going to happen once Arreola weighs in. It all depends on the number on his scales.”

Stiverne (right) owns two wins over Wilder's next opponent Chris Arreola

Stiverne (right) owns two wins over Wilder's next opponent Chris Arreola

Stiverne (right) owns two wins over Wilder’s next opponent Chris Arreola

Haiti-born Stiverne cited severe dehydration, which later hospitalised him, for the performance against Wilder which led to him losing his world title.

Now fully recovered, the 37-year-old told Sky Sports he has started preparation to possibly fight Anthony Joshua before the end of the year because he rates the IBF champion above Wilder.

A look back at Wilder’s brutal first round knockout win over Siarhei Liakhovic back in 2013

A look back at Wilder’s brutal first round knockout win over Siarhei Liakhovic back in 2013

A look back at Wilder’s brutal first round knockout win over Siarhei Liakhovic back in 2013

“The Wilder fight – I didn’t lose because his skills were better than me,” Stiverne said. “I lost the fight because of my health, that’s the only reason. It was like having a gun loaded but you can’t pull the trigger.

“Deontay is not going to fight any real fighters that will be a threat to him. This is the different between Wilder and Joshua – I think Joshua would take the risk, Deontay would not. That’s two different men we’re talking about.”

Watch Deontay Wilder’s latest defence of the WBC heavyweight championship against Chris Arreola on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm.

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Brook aiming for greatness

Last Updated: 14/07/16 11:47pm

Kell Brook says he never backs down from a challenge and cannot wait for his London bout with Gennady Golovkin.

Kell Brook says he never backs down from a challenge and cannot wait for his London bout with Gennady Golovkin.

Kell Brook says he never backs down from a challenge and cannot wait for his London bout with Gennady Golovkin.

Kell Brook believes moving up to middleweight to face Gennady Golovkin is a gamble that can lead him on the road to boxing greatness.

The IBF welterweight champion is stepping up two weight divisions to take on the Kazakh, who is putting all three of his middleweight world titles on the line for a Sky Sports Box Office card on September 10.

Brook (36-0-KO25) agreed to take on Golovkin (35-0-KO32) after a potential fight between ‘GGG’ and Chris Eubank Jr did not materialise.

Eubank Jr has since branded Golovkin-Brook as ‘a joke‘, but the Sheffield fighter says it is a fantastic way for him to earn recognition as one of the best fighters in the world.

Talking about the move up the weights, Brook told a news conference in New York: “Sugar Ray Leonard boxed Marvin Hagler and beat him.

Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he fights Golovkin

Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he fights Golovkin

Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he fights Golovkin

“My favourite fighter, Sugar Ray Robinson, has done that and to be a great fighter you have got to to do great things.

“For me, a welterweight, to step up and take on the most feared fighter in the world in Golovkin – to take this fight, it’s going to be hard.

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin’s best knockouts

“Everything is going to have to be spot on in training, I’ve got to do everything right. Anything short of that I am not going to come up with the goods.

“We’re going to put the hard work in with the training, we’re going to go through hell in this training camp. But that’s what you need to do to reach greatness.”

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Eubank Jr taunts Brook & GGG

Last Updated: 10/07/16 10:51am

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr has missed out on the chance to fight Gennady Golovkin

Chris Eubank Jr and Kell Brook became embroiled in a war of words on social media on Saturday, as the fall-out to Brook’s highly-anticipated Sky Sports Box Office fight with Gennady Golovkin continued.

British champion Eubank Jr was expected to fight? Golovkin,? but weeks of contract talks did not result in an agreement,? allowing Brook to jump the queue.

The WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Golovkin? tweeted: ‘Up early, time to run. #Respect to @SpecialKBrook for taking this fight. Excited to show the #UK who I am.’

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

A war of words between Kell Brook and Chris Eubank Jr broke out on social media

But Eubank Jr took exception to the Kazakh’s post and replied: ‘@GGGBoxing You’re so called P4P but fighting a guy 2 weight divisions below u!? Nobody in the UK or anywhere else is going to respect you.’

He continued: ‘@GGGBoxing after you’re done bullying @SpecialKBrook & you’re ready for a fight with a real middleweight, I’ll be there #PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize’

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Kell Brook is preparing to tackle GGG at the O2 in September

Brook himself then weighed in, posting: ‘@ChrisEubankJr you never wanted the fight I’ll show you how to deal with @GGGBoxing’.

Watch the video above to find out how the feud concluded.

Kell Brook will challenge for Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight titles on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Whyte faces Allen in Leeds

Last Updated: 09/07/16 2:14pm

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte will fight Dave Allen on Sky Sports on July 30

Dillian Whyte’s comeback will continue against unbeaten heavyweight Dave Allen on July 30, it has been confirmed.

Doncaster’s Allen (9-0-1-KO6) had previously insisted that he would not accept the opportunity on Josh Warrington’s Leeds undercard – live on Sky Sports – due to a lack of preparation, but appears to have had a change of heart.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed Kell Brook v Gennady Golovkin on Friday night, tweeted: “After yesterday’s news it looks like everyone wants to fight – Leeds July 30 just got even better – @DillianWhyte v @davidthewhiter1 is on!”

Ten-fight up-and-comer Allen, 24, had previously insisted that three weeks’ notice would hand an unfair advantage to Whyte (17-1-KO14), who has been preparing for a fight on the Leeds bill.

But he tweeted: “3 weeks notice? Chin down bombs away last man standing.

3 weeks notice? Chin down bombs away last man standing.

Dave Allen

“Always said if someone gave me a date and a reason to fight them I won’t shy away from anyone @DillianWhyte see you July 30th be ready.”

After Allen previously declined the opportunity due to the short notice, Whyte told Sky Sports last week: “If he doesn’t want to fight me on July 30 then he’s never going to get the chance to fight me.

“I felt sorry for the guy so I offered him the chance to launch his career by getting knocked out by me but the guy is a coward.”

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

Dave Allen will risk his perfect pro record in his hardest assignment yet

The domestic heavyweight duel will serve as a step up in competition for the Brixton’s Whyte, who is coming back from a shoulder injury sustained in his sole career defeat to Anthony Joshua.

Whyte returned with a knockout win over Ivica Bacurin last month while Allen was last seen beating Jason Gavern in March.

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Brook-GGG deal in 'two days'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 2:09pm

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn’t hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook needed just two days of negotiations to overtake Chris Eubank Jr in the race to fight Gennady Golovkin, the Kazakh’s promoter has said.

British champion Eubank Jr was expected to meet Golovkin but weeks of contract talks didn’t result in an agreement, allowing Brook to jump the queue.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s representative, has revealed that Brook didn’t think twice about accepting the identical deal that had been offered to Eubank Jr weeks prior.

Loeffler exclusively told Sky Sports: “We thought the Eubank Jr fight was going to happen but, last Wednesday, [Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn] called me and said there’s problems.

“That’s when he suggested he would call Brook, to see if he would be interested in the fight.

“Brook agreed to the fight verbally, and we had the deal done within two days with the same deal that [Hearn] offered to Eubank Jr.

We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight.

Tom Loeffler

“We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight – he knows it’s the biggest fight of his career.”

Asked whether he believed Eubank Jr was intentionally pricing himself out of an agreement, Loeffler said: “That’s really a question for Eddie, who was involved in the internal discussions with Eubank.

“But it’s a lot easier when both fighters want to make a fight.

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here’s the best bits from Kell Brook’s rise

“It’s one thing being vocal, and talking about fighting someone.? If you really want to fight, you do what you can to make the fight.”

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, has never boxed for a title above 147lbs but will jump two weight divisions to challenge for Golovkin’s WBA Super, WBC and IBF middleweight titles.

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin’s best knockouts…

But Loeffler has insisted that the assumption Golovkin will have a size advantage is not true.

“It’s not as big a physical difference as people think – Brook is a huge welterweight and Gennady is a small middleweight,” he said.

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook’s speed, says Tom Loeffler

“If you see them standing next to each other, Brook is 5ft 9in and Gennady is 5ft 10in. It’s Brook’s speed and experience against Gennady’s power.

“Give Brook a lot of credit for stepping up. It’s a huge opportunity for him – and a huge opportunity for Gennady too.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

Kell Brook will challenge for Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight titles on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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