Promoter Bob Arum has warned that Chris Eubank Jr.’s ambition to have a big fight with Gennady Golovkin may be spoiled by Ryota Morata.

Eubank Jr. is planning a comeback in December, with Liam Williams set to be given the chance to face him, while Kazakh star Golovkin has already been contacted about a huge showdown next year.

Middleweight Champion IBF Golovkin plans for the first time to battle for the unification of the title with WBA champion Morata in Japan at the end of this year.

Ryota Murata
Ryota Morata intends to spoil Yubank Jr.’s plans

Top Rank’s Arum, who promotes Morata, told Sky Sports: “We are working very hard to put this fight together at the end of the year. We hope the quarantine has eased in Japan.”

“Not only are we fighting to raise money for the fight, but we are also fighting the pandemic.

“It’s a good fight. Morata is the gold medalist from the Olympics and he’s really coming.

“Golovkin, for all his great success, slips as he gets older. So it’s a competitive fight.”

December 18, 2020;  Hollywood, Florida;  Gennadiy Golovkin and Kamil Szeremeta during the match on the Matchroom fight card on December 18, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida.  Mandatory credit: Melina Pisano/The Match Room.
Golovkin is 39 and says Bob Arum is ‘slipping’

Artist Golovkin has lost by knockout only once in 43 matches, a controversial points defeat to his great rival Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, but he is now 39 years old.

Talks between Eubank Jr and Golovkin have begun, according to BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom, who previously told Sky Sports: “Golovkin’s team has been contacted and talks are progressing.

“They want to fight with Eubank Jr. and we’re looking forward to the May date.”

Arum replied: “If the GGG team succeeds, I am sure that the battle of Eubank Jr will be very attractive to him.

“But I think Morata, on home soil, could come as a surprise.

“In that case, I’d love nothing more than for Morata to fight Eubank Jr. It’s going to be a big fight in the US, Japan and the UK.”

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Eubank Jr thinks there’s “no doubt” he’ll be world champion next year

Eubank Jr previously told Sky Sports he would be confident of defeating Golovkin, saying: “I’m the hottest fighter in the weight division. I’m the fighter fans want to see with these guys, so it has to happen.

“I’ve been fantasizing about it for years and I know how to get over it. I just got the chance and it’s coming.

“The methods that he and I possess, cannot be anything less than an epic war.

“He doesn’t know how to fight back and I don’t know how to stop throwing punches.

“You put those two styles together and you’re going to be in a legendary boxing match.”

Sky sports boxing schedule

October 31 – highest ranking in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Jose Vargas

November 6 – Top ranked in Las Vegas
Michaela Mayer vs. Mayfa Hamdoush – IBF Super Featherweight Titles

November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
Ultra Lightweight Championship

November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Ryakborough vs Olanriwago Dorodola
Caroline Dubois’ professional debut

November 20 – Top ranked in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs. Sean Porter – WBO Welterweight Championship

December 11 – Boxer
Savannah Marshall
Clarissa Shields vs. Emma Cusin

December 11 – highest ranking in Las Vegas
Vasily Lomachenko vs. Richard Comey

December 17 – highest ranking in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – Lightweight IBF and WBC titles

February 26 – highest ranked in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Caterall – The Undisputed Ultra Lightweight Title

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