Fletcher made Golovkin mandatory, says he won’t step aside for Geale

Phil Jay 14/05/2014

Australian middleweight Jarrod Fletcher is delighted with the news that the WBA have moved to make him the mandatory for Gennady Golovkin’s 160lb title and hopes a deal is clinched for a summer clash.

The 30 year-old, who defeated Max Bursak to pick up the International title in February, has now been pushed to the number one spot by the World Boxing Association despite Golovkin opening talks with Daniel Geale.

“This is a massive opportunity for me and I’m over the moon,” Fletcher told World Boxing News on Wednesday.

“We have been pushing hard for this fight for some time so I’m extremely happy that its almost finalised.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge. GGG is a very strong champ and has proved that in all of his title defences. It is a fight that I am going to have to prepare extremely hard for and be boxing at my best.

“That said, Golovkin has two arms and two legs like me so he is beatable. I am just looking forward to the challenge.”

Compatriot Geale was rumoured to be close to completing a deal to face Golovkin in July after his fight with Matthew Macklin on May 24 was postponed due to an injury to headliner Mike Perez. This is now in doubt as Fletcher, whose record is 18-1, with 10 stoppages, has no desire to pass up on his mandated opportunity to face to top middleweight in the world and is pushing for the fight to happen sooner, rather than later.

“In regards to stepping aside, I personally don’t want to but I will leave that up to my team. Let me tell you I want this fight!

“This fight really could change my life. I’m pumped and just can’t wait until a contract is signed with Golovkin.”

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