Boxing superstar Gennady Golovkin could move up in weight to face Andre Ward sometime in the near future. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez believes the mega fight will eventually happen.
Talks regarding the potential showdown began late last year. Ward’s promoter Roc Nation Sports claimed that the fight was never made because Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions rejected their offer. Loeffler argued that Ward’s offer was not entertained because Golovkin was already scheduled to fight David Lemieux at that time.
In a recent interview with BoxingScene, Sanchez reiterated Loeffler’s statement. He said negotiations should have two parties involved.
“It’s not a fact that we didn’t want to fight him,” Sanchez explained. “We wanted to fight him. I think that’s a great fight. I think that’s a fight that will happen eventually, but I think that it has to be understood that there’s two parties and there’s not just Andre Ward.”
Golovkin and Ward have upcoming fights in the next few months. The Golovkin, the IBO, IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight champion will face IBF welterweight titleholder Kell Brook in September. Meanwhile, the former WBA, WBC, Ring magazine and lineal super middleweight champion will take on Alexander Brand next weekend and light heavyweight czar Sergey Kovalev in November.
Both Golovkin and Ward have not lost a fight in their professional career. Winning their upcoming assignments would definitely raise fan interest for a possible Golovkin vs. Ward showdown.
It’s worth mentioning that Golovkin is still fighting at 160 pounds. On the other hand, Ward, who does most of his damage at 168 pounds, will move up to 175 pounds in order to challenge Kovalev. Golovkin and Ward’s weight disparity might pose a problem for their potential match.
Sanchez stated that Golovkin can to move up to 168. However, it would take a reasonable fight for his steed to consider gaining a few pounds. “We are willing to move up to fight,” he said. “If there’s no fight at 160, and there’s a fight that makes sense at 168, then absolutely we will take it.”
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