Reigning middleweight king Gennady Golovkin is ready to go up to 168lbs or down to 154lbs to face either Andre Ward or Floyd Mayweather Jr in the future, trainer Abel Sanchez has exclusively revealed to WBN.
Golovkin, 31, is currently the most feared puncher in boxing after leaving a devastating trail of prone fighters in his wake through 14 straight knockouts, with American Curtis Stevens up next on Saturday night in New York.
Sanchez, who has overseen Golovkin’s meteoric rise in recent years, is confident that the Kazakhstan puncher has the ability to make it to the top of the pound for pound rankings and would relish the opportunity to pit ‘GGG’ against the best fighters in the world.
“We have said all along that Gennady would be willing to go up to face Andre Ward or drop down to face Floyd Mayweather, but nobody on their end has made an offer or showed interest in discussing the possibilities.” Sanchez stressed to World Boxing News.
“Gennady would KO Floyd and TKO Ward in the late rounds. I’m hoping the names at the top decide that the best fighting the best is good for the sport.
“If that happens Gennady will show that he should be in line for consideration as one of the best middleweight of all times, but either of them has to accept the fight.”
Holding both the WBA ‘super’ and IBO title belts in his possession, Golovkin demolished a rated world-class operator in Matthew Macklin last time out in what was his fifth defence of the unified championships and currently holds 15 stoppages inside three rounds.
It was evident in the Macklin fight that anyone Golovkin hits flush would have trouble staying on their feet, with boxing fans salivating at the prospect of seeing the Olympic silver medallist in with the top names between 154 and 168lbs.
Current number one Mayweather has been linked to a drop back to welterweight to face Amir Khan since inflicting a first defeat on Saul Alvarez in September, whilst Ward has announced that his return to the ring from a prolonged absence with be against Edwin Rodriguez later this month.
Either Mayweather or Ward against Golovkin would be an instant hit with ticket sellers and pay-per-view number crunchers, but whether these fights can actually come to fruition is another story entirely.
The 31 year-old is the resounding President of the ‘Let’s Avoid Him Club’ at this very moment in time and I fear another heavy-handed display against Stevens this weekend will only push a fight with the more marquee names further away.
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