Every Monday, Boxing Truth answers questions posed by fight fans. Send yours to @MarcDeanie on Twitter or let us know your thoughts through the contact page. Today we are talking Kell Brook, Gennady Golovkin and Vasyl Lomachenko, the unbelievable Ukrainian southpaw and two-time Olympic champion who has two world titles from just seven professional fights.
Who will Lomachenko fight next?
One with Nicholas Walters [the unbeaten former WBA featherweight champion] should, in theory, be an easy bout to arrange given they are both with Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Will the Jamaican fancy it? I don’t think so. I’d be surprised if the winner of Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz does too. Lomachenko’s talents – at times outrageously good – put him in a tricky position. The WBO featherweight and super-featherweight champion, isn’t a big enough box-office draw yet to lure the best between the ropes. That will change if he continues to perform with panache. Arum poured praise on Lomachenko after his knockout of Roman Martinez, even comparing him ever so slightly to Muhammad Ali. A Martinez stoppage, also on Mikey Garcia’s record, doesn’t turn you into The Greatest. Neither does an unavenged loss to Orlando Salido, pictured below. I’d love to see the rematch.
Is there a real chance Chris Eubank Jr will face Golovkin?
Eddie Hearn reckons it’s a possibility, as does Eubank Jr. What’s clear is this matchup is closer than that of Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Whatever you think of Eubank Jr, he has a profile and this bout would be an easy sell in the UK and the US. Throw a tidy payday for both men into the mix and everybody’s happy. Although I’m not convinced British middleweight champions Eubank Jr has the punching power his disciples think he does. I see a routine win for Golovkin whenever it happens.
How important is Brook’s proposed unification clash with Jessie Vargas?
Vital. Vargas is a good operator with only one loss, to Timothy Bradley, and will pose much more of a threat than the Sheffield man’s last few opponents. If IBF champion Brook [pictured above before his bout with Frankie Gavin] wants this scrap to lead directly to a super-fight with a superstar purse, he needs a thriller or to be the first man to stop the WBO title holder. Harsh? Possibly. But it’s the reality of the Brook landscape as long as the likes of Amir Khan and Danny Garcia explore other avenues.