Gennady Golovkin has an opponent in mind for his next fight. He revealed his pick after successfully defending his WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles against Kell Brook on Saturday.
In a news conference following his fifth-round stoppage of Brook, Golovkin announced that he wants to fight WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders next. He would then set his sights on Mexican pugilist Canelo Alvarez.
“First of all Billy Joe Saunders, and then Canelo,” Golovkin told Boxing Scene. “My goal is to hold all the belts in the middleweight division. I would like Billy Joe Saunders first of all because he has the WBO belt.”
What’s Next for Gennady Golovkin?
Saunders has also expressed interest in facing Golovkin. However, a mandatory title defense could push back the unification bout to early 2017. The British boxer might step into the ring later this year to defend his WBO middleweight title against an inaugural challenger.
As for Golovkin, he can practically demand any fight he wants. The problem is only a hand few of marquee names want to fight him. Fighters like Chris Eubank Jr. and Canelo Alvarez had their own reasons why they refused to fight Golovkin in the past.
Eubank was supposed to be Golovkin’s opponent on Saturday. Month-long negotiations for the fight ultimately broke down when Eubank’s camp failed to reach an agreement with its own promoter Matchroom Sport.
Kell Brook was brought in as Eubank’s replacement. Brook gained thirteen pounds just to meet Golovkin at full middleweight.
Saturday’s main event did not end well for Brook. His trainer Dominic Ingle had to throw in the towel in the fifth round after it was evident that his fighter had trouble seeing. It was later revealed that Brook had sustained a fractured eye socket. He is scheduled for an eye surgery on Monday, as per BBC.
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