Fletcher hopeful on Golovkin despite Geale rumours

Phil Jay 02/06/2014

WBA mandatory middleweight challenger Jarrod Fletcher is keep his eyes on the prize as Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale announce that they are hoping to finalize a summer world title showdown.

Fletcher, 30, has been put forward by the World Boxing Association to face Golovkin on his next outing in July, even as ‘GGG’ is known to be waiting on the green light to fight ex-unified champion Daniel Geale instead.

The Geale fight is much-more HBO friendly for Golovkin and could mean the relatively unkown Fletcher misses out, although the Aussie is still focusing all his efforts on the possibility that it will be him opposing the formidable puncher next month.

“There is plenty being said at the moment but I’m not trying to read too much into anything,” Fletcher told World Boxing News. “No one has a contract yet and nothing has been finalised, so I’m still preparing for the 26th of July.

“It’s all out of my control at the moment, so there is no point stressing about it. All I can do is bust my arse in the gym and be ready. I leave all the negotiating up to my team.

“I honestly don’t know where we are at the moment but I’m confident with my team and what they are doing. Time will tell but I really want this fight.

“I’m not sure which way it is going to go? I’m just praying that I will get the fight, because they don’t get much bigger,” he added.

The WBA are expected to make a decision on Golovkin’s request this week as compatriots Fletcher and Geale jostle for the chance to fight on a high-profile bill in the States.

Geale would have to be the clear favourite at the moment, but any deal with Golovkin would almost certainly have to contain a clause meaning the winner must face Fletcher next within a stated time period.

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