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But Eubank the elder goes into talks today with promoter Eddie Hearn and Sky bosses saying: ‘If it doesn’t happen it will be the fault of Sky. Junior is taking the risk of fighting Golovkin,which few others accept. It is only right that the first dollar should go to the fighter.’
The split of the Sky pay-per-view revenue is at the core of the issue. It is an out-of-the-ring battle which the Eubanks can win, now that Canelo Alvarez has joined the list of top middleweights swerving Golovkin for at least another year.
Neither Eubank is intimidated by Golovkin’s ferocious reputation. Junior, who is getting better with every fight, says: ‘He doesn’t scare me. I know how to beat him.’ Senior adds: ‘There are many ways to the top but this is the most beautiful.’
The world championship picture is less clear for George Groves, despite his thrilling victory over Martin Murray in the fight of the night they had promised to bring to the 02.
Murray’s conspicuous gallantry in surviving crisis upon crisis to go the distance enabled Groves to demonstrate improvement under trainer Shane McGuigan deserving of a fourth world title shot. But the situation surrounding the WBA belt is complicated by drugs test analysis and court cases and the Saint may have to take another eliminator while he is waiting for all that to be resolved.