GGG to decide next opponent this week


By Jeff Aranow: Gennady Golovkin, his trainer Abel Sanchez and DAZN Group Executive Chairman John Skipper met with the media on Monday in Los Angeles, California in a news conference to discus his recent signing with the platform in six-fight deal, and to talk about what direction he’ll be taking with his career.

Golovkin says he plans on sitting down with his team this week to decide who he’ll fight next in his first fight of his three-year, six-fight deal with DAZN. It’s expected to be a talented fighter, as he only wants to fight the best.

Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) feels he learned a lot from his second fight with Saul Canelo Alvarez that he use when they meet potentially later this year in September for a trilogy fight.

“Of course, I’d like to fight him [Jaime Munguia],” GGG said when asked if he’d like to fight unbeaten Golden Boy fighter Jaime Munguia. “I always like to fight good boxers. It’s not just because he’s a Mexican fighter. It’ll be interesting for all fans. It’ll be a great fight. It’s no secret that I had some other offers from other companies, but right now I have the best partner. I have a great partnership. I hope I can do the six fights [with DAZN]. I feel good right now. I hope I do the six fights. After the six fights, we’ll see what else we can do, but first I have to do the six fights.”

GGG might continue fighting after his six-fight contract with DAZN is up in three years. The current contract is for two fights per year until the six fights are up. Whether DAZN gives Golovkin a new contract at the end of the current one will, of course, depend on how he’s fighting, and whether he’s bringing in a of subcriptions to the streaming giant. It’s easy to predict that if Golovkin wins all six of his fights of his contract with DAZN, his popularity will be high with the boxing public, and he’ll likely be given a new contract. 

Golovkin might eventually face Munguia, but that’s not a fight that will happen soon. Golden Boy Promotions are taking things slowly with Munguia, and they’re not going to feed him to GGG now that he’s making money as the WBO junior middleweight champion.

“People understand there’s a lot of politics with the belts,” Golovkin said in ruling out him attempting to unify the division. “The idea is not to have all the belts possible, but to be the best boxer. Sometimes those people that have the belts aren’t the best boxers. We want to have the most important fights in boxing. There are many different important fights. That’s what I want to do right now.”

It wouldn’t make sense for GGG to try and unify the middleweight division at this point in his career. Golovkin is turning 37 on April 8, and it takes too much time and effort to unify. If Golovkin were to beat WBA/WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez this September, he could capture three of his old belts back, and then he could go after WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade for the fourth. Golovkin could unify the middleweight division without even trying all that hard. Before, it took GGG years to win three titles at middleweight. Now it might be easy for GGG to accomplish that, thanks to DAZN. IBF champion Daniel Jacobs is signed with DAZN, and he’s fighting Canelo on May 4. WBO champion Andrade is with DAZN as well, and he would be an easy fight for Golovkin to make, either in June or after he faces Canelo in September in a fight that might have the IBF, WBA and WBC titles on the line. It’s more Golovkin’s best interest not to get hung up on winning belts, but rather focus more on getting the biggest fights available. Andrade is not a big fight. Golovkin would do better to move up to super middleweight to fight Callum Smith or Dmitry Bivol than he would in wasting time and effort in fighting Andrade.

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