Sturm aims to seal Barker challenge, eyes 2014 Golovkin bout
World-rated middleweight contender Felix Sturm has told WBN of his respect for current WBA and IBO belt holder Gennady Golovkin and hopes that the two can meet in the ring sometime in the future.
The German is currently is negotiations to challenge newly-crowned IBF title holder Darren Barker in December, possibly in the UK, but is open to a huge unification clash with Golovkin if he can regain the world championship against the Briton.
“Sure I think the Golovkin fight could happen in the future,” Sturm stated to World Boxing News.
“Realistically, it would have to happen in Germany and under the premise that SAT1 and HBO are on board. My TV partner SAT1 wants to stage my fights in Germany. But I don’t think that would be a problem for Golovkin.
“Golovkin is beating everyone they put in front of him and he is doing that in spectacular fashion. The hype is only natural. I do not begrudge him, since he is an excellent boxer. And his opponents get better and better, which gives him the opportunity to show how good he really is.
“But like I said, I’m focused on Darren Barker right now. If that doesn’t come off, we’ll have to consider our next move. Golovkin has a fight scheduled for November, so that’s not an option for this year. Afterwards, we will check what is the best possible move.
“I think it is important that fights like this come off at all, even if it takes a bit longer to make them. But I’m positive that I will face Gennady Golovkin in the future. Right now, I am only focused on getting that fight with Barker. If we can’t make it happen, I’ll see what happens next.”
In the immediate future, the 34 year-old’s biggest stumbling block in sealing what is a mandatory challenge against Barker seems to be the venue, with the champion’s promoter Eddie Hearn obviously keen to stage his first defence on home soil.
Ex WBA king Sturm is predominantly a home fighter due his current TV deal restrictions, although did explain to WBN last week that he will take the fight in the UK if the offer from Matchroom Boxing is right for him and his team.
A deal between Sturm and Barker as is stands though, still hangs in the balance.