Team Golovkin wants WBSS winner
With most of the boxing public patiently awaiting an official announcement on a rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler said that the plan after Alvarez for the middleweight king is to try to secure a fight with the super middleweight World Boxing Super Series winner.
It’s a fight that would have to be in the second half of the year with the tournament just now about to kick off the semi-final round next month. The final bout is expected to be this summer. The semifinal schedule is as follows:
George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) takes on Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) on February 17 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England and Callum Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) will face Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) on February 24 at the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, in Nuremberg, Germany.
A fight against the WBSS winner would give Golovkin an opportunity to capture a title in a second division after spending his career as a middleweight, something his detractors often like to hold against the Kazakh.
While possibly awaiting a winner of the WBSS, Loeffler is still trying to finalize the contract with Golden Boy Promotions for their current priority, the rematch with Alvarez for May 5 on HBO pay-per-view. Loeffler said him and Golden Boy president Eric Gomez have been working hard on trying to get a deal together.
He said “the nuts and bolts of an agreement is in place but we’re waiting to get everybody together.” Loeffler also said he would consider the deal at least 90% done.
Loeffler did say that if for some reason a deal isn’t reached then WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders would be the opponent of choice for Golovkin. It’s unclear how or when that would work out with Saunders scheduled to face former Golovkin opponent Martin Murray on April 14th at the O2 Arena in London.
By: Chris Henderson