There is seemingly no end to Chris Eubank Jr.’s wish list of desired fights.
The latest fighter to appear on the British middleweight contender’s wide-embracing radar is WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford. The 32-year-old Eubank has been busy calling out all comers, from various weight classes, ever since he won a 12-round unanimous decision over countryman Liam Williams last month at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
At the top of Eubank’s list is IBF middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin and the newly-resurgent welterweight veteran Kell Brook, who is coming off a spirited sixth-round stoppage over bitter rival Amir Khan last month in Manchester, England. Eubank is also keen on revisiting a match-up with the semi-retired Billy Joe Saunders, who defeated him by split decision back in 2014, as well as bouts with the likes of middleweight titlists Jermall Charlo (WBC), Ryota Murata (WBA), and even rising welterweight and compatriot Conor Benn.
Eubank (32-2, 23 KOs) likes the sound of all those fights. A Crawford bout apparently, despite the weight difference between the two, is no exception either.
“People are talking about him coming up and fighting me,” Eubank told IFL TV. “Listen, I’d love to. He’s a great fighter.
“I think he’s too small but if he can make the weight, it would be an awesome fight.”
Ben Shalom, the head of Boxxer, the UK outfit that promotes Eubank, said recently that he is keen on matching Crawford against Eubank and that he has had some preliminary discussions with the American. Crawford was in the UK recently to support stablemate Amir Khan in his fight against Brook.
Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) himself has suggested recently that he is open to moving up in weight, if not exactly all the way to the middleweight limit. If he cannot get welterweight rival Errol Spence Jr. in the ring with him, Crawford stated that he would be willing to go up to the 154-pound division and challenge the winner of the forthcoming – but postponed – junior middleweight title unification bout between Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Brian Castano (17--2-, 12 KOs)
For Eubank, the more potential names, the merrier.
“The point is there is a laundry list of names,” Eubank said. “Kell only has Chris Eubank Jr. and maybe Conor Benn, but I don’t think that can happen. That fight doesn’t make sense for him right now.”
Yet given the fractured nature of the sport, it is not clear if many of Eubank’s declared interests are actually feasible.
Be that as it may, Eubank threw in another potentially interesting match-up. A domestic clash with super middleweight John Ryder, who is coming off a somewhat controversial points win over Daniel Jacobs. Ryder (31-5, 17 KOs), however, is promoted by Eddie Hearn, a rival to Boxxer.
“You know what would be a really good fight?” Eubank said. “Me and John Ryder. I think that fight would be a big fight, massive fight. He’s come off a great win over Jacobs. And it’s domestic. People would love to see that fight I think. And that’s me just pulling names out of the air.”
Of course, no list is complete with the sport’s cash cow.
“[Canelo] Alvarez,” Eubank said. “Put me in with Alvarez. People want to see that fight.”
But with Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs), the undisputed champion at 168 pounds, scheduled to face WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) on May 7 in Las Vegas and possibly Golovkin in the fall, Eubank conceded the unlikelihood of that matchup materializing any time soon, to say nothing of the political difficulties that would be involved.
“That’s gonna be tough to make at that stage,” he said.