Golovkin v Geale close, WBA title doubtful for MSG clash
A fight between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale on July 26 at Madison Square Garden is set to be confirmed imminently with a scenario possible that the fight could only be for the IBO title.
Golovkin, 32, is currently in possession of both the WBA and IBO versions of the middleweight world championship, but has been stipulated by the WBA to face mandatory challenger Jarrod Fletcher next.
Broadcasters HBO were understood not to be keen on taking a Golovkin-Fletcher contest for the summer, meaning the World Boxing Association could act and strip ‘GGG’ of his belt for facing Geale.
The only possible way for Golovkin to retain his position as WBA title holder is if he is elevated to ‘super’ champion status, something that Vice President Gilberto Mendoza told WBN previously that he had turned down.
Mendoza explained a few months back when Golovkin applied to be ‘super’ champion that the WBA are hoping to phase having more than one title in any divison, something that has since seen little movement.
The fact that there are still plenty of WBA ‘super’ champions around could go in favour of Golovkin, although a formal resolution on the middleweight title expected to made clear this week before the fight is formally announced.
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