Sam O’maison says his former stablemate, Kell Brook, is the opponent who can stand up to the fighter he calls a “wrecking ball”.
Brook goes up two divisions from welter to middleweight to take on world pound-for-pound number one Gennady Golovkin in London on September 10.
He stepped in to claim the showdown when Golovkin’s team were no longer prepared to haggle with Chris Eubank Junior’s team over purses.
It certainly seems a lost opportunity for Eubank Jnr.
But O’maison thinks pal and ex-gymmate Brook is ideally placed to create history for himself, the Ingle gym and the country.
“If any Englishman can pull it off its Kell Book,” he said. “GGG will be very confident and at the minute he is a wrecking ball, destroying everyone he comes across.
“But Kell has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Why not fight Golovkin? He has the mentality to win”
Ryan-Rhodes-trained O’maison - like every other fighter in Sheffield, stunned by news of the match-making - added: “I couldn’t believe it. But it’s what boxing needs. It is bringing excitement to the sport.
“They can both punch and it only takes one shot, so anything can happen.
“Kel’s better under pressure and in the deep end.”
Meanwhile, legendary American trainer Freddie Roach has said he believes Eubank Jnr would have “got killed” in any fight with Golovkin.
Eubank has dismissed any notion of a fight with Sheffield’s Adam Etches, claiming the Birley Bomber doesn’t have the credentials.