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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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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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Who next for Eubank Jr?

Last Updated: 15/07/16 12:53pm

Chris Eubank Jr will want a major fight before the end of 2016

Chris Eubank Jr will want a major fight before the end of 2016

Chris Eubank Jr will want a major fight before the end of 2016

Chris Eubank Jr is the odd-one-out after Kell Brook signed to face Gennady Golovkin… so who will he fight next?

Danny Jacobs (31-1 KO28)

Eubank Jr (23-1 KO18) has been recognised as the WBA’s interim champion but did not progress to meeting the organisation’s ‘regular’ title-holder Jacobs (Golovkin is the ‘Super’ champion).

Danny Jacobs (left) punches Peter Quillin during their WBA middleweight championship bout

Danny Jacobs (left) punches Peter Quillin during their WBA middleweight championship bout

Danny Jacobs (left) punches Peter Quillin during their WBA middleweight championship bout

The critics will insist Eubank Jr bailed on his opportunity when, after beating Gary O’Sullivan to earn a fight with Jacobs, he instead opted to pursue the British title route. He has been successful in every outing since but allowing the Jacobs chance to pass must now be viewed as an error of judgement.

But it can be rectified. In need of a major occasion, don’t bet against Eubank Jr reigniting this fire. Jacobs, the 29-year-old New Yorker who also has a single loss on his record, is on the verge of agreeing a world title defence against Sergio Mora – a rematch, after the champion won the first bout in the second round. The American’s stand-out performance was stopping Peter Quillin in December but he lacks a major name on his record, so could view Eubank Jr as a stepping stone to advancing his own career.

Billy Joe Saunders (23-0 KO12)

Would this be a risky move, after Saunders won their first fight to hand Eubank Jr his only defeat to date? It would undoubtedly represent a gutsy manoeuvre for the Eubank camp, who might value flexing their muscles after missing out on Golovkin.

Billy Joe Saunders (right) won a majority decision over Eubank Jr

Billy Joe Saunders (right) won a majority decision over Eubank Jr

Billy Joe Saunders (right) won a majority decision over Eubank Jr

The undefeated Saunders, since outpointing Eubank Jr in November 2014, has increased his stock further by becoming WBO middleweight champion. He is likely to defend the belt on the Liam Smith-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez undercard and Eubank Jr won’t be an option for that date, but may come into the equation immediately afterwards.

By that time, Saunders may still be a world champion who has defended his title and maintained a perfect record – a daunting but attractive king to dethrone for his perennial rival Eubank Jr.

Curtis Stevens (28-5 KO21)

The American has already raised a hand to provide Eubank Jr with the opportunity to fight on Brook and Golovkin’s undercard.

“I heard Chris Eubank Jr needs an opponent,” Stevens tweeted on Friday morning. Whether the Brighton middleweight would be willing to hang around on the undercard is another matter entirely, but accepting Stevens’ challenge could open the door to Stateside opportunities.

Curtis Stevens (left) unsuccessfully contested the world title against Gennady Golovkin

Curtis Stevens (left) unsuccessfully contested the world title against Gennady Golovkin

Curtis Stevens (left) unsuccessfully contested the world title against Gennady Golovkin

Since taking an eight-round shellacking from Golovkin three years ago, Stevens briefly rebounded until a points loss to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam foreshadowed 19 months on the sidelines, before stopping? Patrick Teixeira in May.

The New Yorker has never left his homeland for a fight but, having also shared a ring with Andre Dirrell, might represent an experienced and durable foe for Eubank Jr to take out some frustrations on. And imagine if he could do a better job on Stevens than Golovkin managed…

The winner of Golovkin v Brook

The blockbuster appeal of Eubank Jr acting as the main support to September 10’s Sky Sports Box Office headliner would sprinkle stardust over the whole event.

Kell Brook (right) and Golovkin pose in New York

Kell Brook (right) and Golovkin pose in New York

Kell Brook (right) and Golovkin pose in New York

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has already insisted that Eubank Jr’s “big future” could involve fighting Golovkin or Brook by the end of 2016, which would be a remarkable story of redemption after the initial opportunity was lost at the negotiating table.

Should he fancy resuming talks, and should promoters soften their stance on Eubank Sr’s involvement, it may benefit everyone to allow boxing’s most outspoken father-and-son duo to take part in the same fight week and vent their anger directly towards Golovkin and Brook.

James DeGale (23-1 KO14)

Challenging a world champion in a weight above your own seems to be flavour of the month, and few all-British bouts whet the appetite as much as the prospect of Eubank Jr against IBF super-middleweight champion DeGale.

There is already some needle. Ever the antagonist, Eubank Jr claimed he enjoyed the lion’s share of success during a 2012 sparring session – a brazen claim which DeGale dismissed as “the stupidest thing ever”.

James DeGale (right) exchanges punches with Rogelio Medina

James DeGale (right) exchanges punches with Rogelio Medina

James DeGale (right) exchanges punches with Rogelio Medina

Stepping up 8lbs is no mean feat – yes, Brook is moving up 13lbs but the danger intensifies as the weight of punches gets heavier. The opportunity for Eubank Jr is obvious but don’t disregard what this prospective bout could do for DeGale’s career.

Facing a loud-mouth middleweight who would be undersized and less experienced, it may afford the world champion his most high-profile fight to date. Three consecutive outings in Massachusetts, Quebec and Washington might tempt DeGale to end his North American adventure and return to London where he may fill a stadium against Eubank Jr, who could replicate his father’s achievement of winning a world title at 168lbs.

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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.

Eric Molina

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Does Deontay hit hard?

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.

Stiverne: I’m in camp for Joshua

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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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Nelson: 'Hunted' Kell can win

Johnny Nelson

Boxing Expert & Columnist

Last Updated: 10/07/16 7:49am

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Kell Brook (right) can shine in his toughest fight so far, says Johnny Nelson

Johnny Nelson knows exactly what fellow Sheffielder Kell Brook is capable of, and believes he can upset the odds against Gennady Golovkin…

Brook to fight Golovkin

Blockbuster bout to be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office

It’s another Amir Khan-Canelo Alvarez shocker, isn’t it? Kell, an unbeaten welterweight world champion, wants to risk it all like Khan did.

People said Kell hadn’t fought anybody then, boom, he’s fighting one of the most ferocious punchers out there. He’s stepped up two weights to do it.

Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the ‘hunted’ mentality rather than the ‘hunter’ mentality.

Johnny Nelson

Like I said with Khan, this isn’t an impossible task. He has to stick to a game-plan. Kell is, without a doubt, the better technical fighter, Golovkin is clearly the bigger puncher. It’s a hard slog for Kell but it’s a possibility.

Kell is very strong at middleweight, people don’t realise that, and that’s why he’s so successful at welterweight. Probably, this will be a gradual progression for him to step up the weights because he could do that pretty easily.

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Gennady Golovkin (left) will give Brook a welcome fear factor, says Nelson

Kell needs a fight that captures his imagination, puts him on fire, and gives him the ‘hunted’ mentality rather than the ‘hunter’ mentality. Therefore, I expect to see something outstanding from Kell.

Without a doubt he has more to gain than to lose. Kell will still have his IBF welterweight title. He loses his undefeated record if he does lose but what could he gain? Go back in history and look at fighters that have stepped up these weight divisions – Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. Kell can punch, Kell can box, Kell can move, Kell is hungry. Anybody that fights Kell will tell you his punches are like a stun gun.

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

Brook punches harder than people realise, Nelson says

If you compare this to Khan-Canelo, nobody thought Khan would have the punching power to hurt Canelo – he had speed and boxing ability. I believe Kell has the punching power, the speed and the boxing ability.

The people around Kell know he needs somebody that will set him on fire and give him a fear factor. Kell jumped at the opportunity.

If Kell pulls this off, he will be rated pound-for-pound among the best because he will have pulled off a feat that nobody else has done.

Kell Brook will challenge? WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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'Eubanks made deal impossible'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:02pm

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Eddie Hearn has blamed “impossible” demands made by Chris Eubank Jr and Sr for the collapse of a deal to fight Gennady Golovkin.

Negotiations for Eubank Jr to challenge Golovkin for his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles were abandoned when the former failed to sign the fight contract before a deadline specified by Golovkin’s camp.

Kazakh superstar Golovkin will instead defend his titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell’s finest

Speaking about the dramatic turn of events on Sky Sports News HQ, Hearn said: “I worked for three weeks on that fight (Eubank Jr versus Golovkin), negotiating with Chris Eubank Sr. It felt like three years.

“We got into a position where everybody was ready to sign. He (Eubank Jr) was offered the same pay-per-view deal as Anthony Joshua, Carl Froch and the one that Kell Brook accepted.

“Unfortunately they (the Eubanks) made the deal impossible. The things they wanted were just a complete no-go. They were given a deadline and they chose not to take the fight.”

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will move up two divisions to take on feared knockout artist Golovkin, who has 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Brook had been in talks to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie? Vargas in a unification bout but jumped at the chance to face Golovkin when Hearn informed him about Eubank Jr missing the deadline to take the fight.

Explaining how the fight came about, Hearn said: “Well, it was madness to be honest with you.

“We were in talks for two separate fights between Chris Eubank Jr. and Gennady Golovkin and also for Kell Brook in a unification clash with Jessie Vargas.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on September 10

“The Eubanks were given a deadline for the fight and chose not to accept it.

“Then all of a sudden I was on the phone to Kell Brook and I said ‘it’s a shame you aren’t a middleweight, you could fight Golovkin’ and he said ‘I’ll fight Golovkin’. I asked if he was serious and he said ‘absolutely, sign me up’.

“Twenty-four hours later he signed the deal and he is fighting the most dangerous man on the planet, the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr’s career has been carefully crafted by his father

One man who was less than pleased to see Brook fighting Golovkin was Eubank Jr and he took to Twitter to deny ever being offered a contract to face Golovkin.

Eubank Jr tweeted: “I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced. I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke. #2Small”

Despite the difficulties with negotiations, Hearn feels this is a temporary setback for Eubank Jr.

Hearn said: “There is a huge future for Chris Eubank Jr. He can fight the winner later on in the year. He has got a big future ahead of him. He misses out this time but I am sure he will get his shot in due course.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

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