Golovkin to fight next February in Europe, says Loeffler
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) will be back in action in the next four months in February in a fight that will be staged in Europe, says Golovkins’ promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. Golovkin will be fighting only three times in 2014 instead of four times. But the plan is for Golokvin to fight four times in 2015.
Golovkin could possibly fight in the United States if Julio Cesar Chavez Jr agrees to fight him. However, the odds of that happening are slim and none, because Chavez Jr hasn’t been talking about wanting to fight Golovkin lately.
After Golovkin’s 2nd round knockout win over Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) in Carson, California, it’s doubtful Chavez Jr will start showing interest in fighting Golovkin. Chavez Jr had to struggle to defeat Rubio by a 12 round unanimous decision two years ago in 2012.
Golovkin defeated Rubio in a much easier manner than Chavez Jr did. Of course, you can make an argument that the 34-year-old Rubio was two years older than he was when he fought Chavez Jr at 32 in 2012. But with the way that Golovkin defeated Rubio, the outcome would likely have been the same if they had fought each other two years ago in 2012 instead of in 2014.
“There’s nobody at 160 pounds that can go 12 rounds with Gennady,” Loeffler said to Fightnews. “A Chavez Jr fight is a pay-per-view fight. Canelo is definitely a pay-per-view fight. A Cotto fight is a pay-per-view fight. Carl Froch in the UK is a big name. We would fight him. Gennady would have no problems fighting Carl Froch at 168 in the UK. Mikkel Kessler, he’s another guy at 168. There are so many options now, especially with HBO’s support. It will definitely be wide open in 2015.”
According to Dan Rafael, Loeffler said that the interest from Team Froch in a Golovkin fight has been cool. Froch wants to fight Chavez Jr. His promoter Eddie Hearn wants Chavez Jr or James DeGale for Froch.
Golovkin would probably be just as big a fight against Froch in Las Vegas, Nevada as Chavez Jr vs. Froch. But in Chavez Jr’s case, he’s already proven in the past that he brings in big ratings on HBO each time he fights. That’s what Hearn and Froch are looking for.
Canelo and Miguel Cotto have business to take care of next May on Cinco de Mayo. It doesn’t make sense to take about a fight against either of those guys until they face each other. Even then, there’s always a chance that we could see them fight each other again in an immediate rematch if their fight is close enough or if it brings in huge pay-per-view numbers.
Golovkin will have to wait for the smoke to clear from the Canelo-Cotto fight before he can get a shot at the WBC middleweight title that is currently in Cotto’s possession. The World Boxing Council likely won’t push Cotto or Canelo to fight Golovkin in 2015. If the WBC belt holder chooses not to fight Golovkin next year, I’d be very surprised if the WBC orders that fight to happen.
“The next fight will be in February in Europe unless Chavez Jr decides to get in the ring with him,” Loeffler said. “That would be the only thing that would change the plans. If Chavez Jr gets in the ring with him, it would be a huge pay-per-view fight over here, and it would be one of our priorities. He [Golovkin] wants to stay active. He doesn’t want to wait until people get in the ring, because he’d be waiting one or two years for that fight. He hasn’t peaked yet. He [Rubio] didn’t go down against Chavez Jr that’s for sure,” Loeffler said.
Golovkin’s fight in Europe will probably be against the likes of Martin Murray, Dmitry Chudinov or Patrick Nielsen. Golovkin would likely say yes to a fight against Hassan N’Dam, Peter Quillin or Daniel Jacobs, but those guys aren’t going to want to fight him.
At the post-fight press conference, Golovkin said “Right now [I’m looking at fighting] whoever is the best in the middleweight division. Miguel Cotto, I respect him. He’s a great champion.”