What has been going on with former unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin?
Boxing fans have been waiting patiently to find out what the future holds for former unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin who is one of the biggest names in boxing has been surprisingly absent from the boxing world since his controversial majority decision loss to Canelo Alvarez last September.
After the PPV fight with the sports biggest attraction on HBO, where Golovkin has made his name, the network left the boxing business. Since, he has been linked to negotiations with every major network/promotional tandem, but nothing has come to fruition.
The man they call “GGG” has never been one to spend too much time out of the spotlight. He typically fights two-three times per year. That’s a busy schedule in modern boxing. During that time he quickly became a fan favorite for his knockout heavy style. This is why his absence is conspicuous and boxing fans aren’t used to it.
With that said several bits and pieces of information have trickled in that can help paint a picture of what’s going on with the Kazakh puncher.
First, Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum recently stated that negotiations with Golovkin were completely cut off after what he interpreted as ESPN not liking the fighter’s attitude. He did mention that it wasn’t a money issue, and he did go on to say that those negotiations could resume if a deal that worked for all parties was proposed from the Golovkin camp.
Now, news surfaced the two are close to finalizing a multi-fight deal that will give Golovkin equity in the company with guaranteed dates for his promotional company. The multi-fight portion includes three guaranteed fights with as many as six according to Mike Coppinger, senior writer for Ring Magazine.
Lingering, however, is the situation involving Tom Loeffler. After Golovkin’s first career defeat, media outlets began reporting on issues between he and Loeffler.
The promoter for 360 promotions has been in the media denying these accusation vehemently. However, Golovkin has been mum on the matter. Any information regarding their relationship may come to light once he has reached a deal.
As we have reported over a month ago, signing a deal with DAZN is the most logical move. It’s the easiest path to big fights in the middleweight division and it is the only way to get a trilogy with Alvarez.
Fans are very close to seeing one of this generations best get back in the ring!
By: Tanner Gill