Newly elevated WBA ‘super’ middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has a mammoth future battle against unified world title holder Carl Froch on his radar at 168lbs, according to his trusted trainer Abel Sanchez.
Sanchez watched on last weekend as Froch engaged in an entertaining contest with British rival George Groves, with the WBA and IBF super-middleweight king eventually scoring a stunning knockout in the eighth round.
Golovkin has long been linked to a move up the eight pounds from his current perch at 160, most recently for a bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr – a Froch target, but is remaining at his current weight to defend his WBA and IBO belts against Daniel Geale on July 26.
It seems inevitable that ‘GGG’ will soon be operating in the higher division though and Sanchez is excited about the prospect of Golovkin pitting his wits against fighters in the ilk of Froch, whom he says would be defeated.
“I thought Froch looked good and was better prepared, Maybe as if they must have underestimated Groves in the first fight,” Sanchez told World Boxing News.
“I believe Froch is one of the fighters on Tom Loeffler and Max/Oleg Hermann (GGGs Managers) radar and I understand that they will explore every option. Gennday wants to fight anybody and everybody that will accept his challenge, but as long as it makes financial sense.
“Froch is gallant warrior, but makes to many mistakes and if the fight can be made, I see GGG capitalizing on them to stop him in the last part of the fight.”
It’s already been made clear that Froch is on the lookout for a big name clash in Stateside and Golovkin would certainly fit the bill for what would be a mouth-watering encounter between two rugged champions.
Eddie Hearn will contemplate options for Froch once the Nottingham puncher gets back in training following a well-deserved rest, with Chavez Jr still the favourite to be opposing ‘The Cobra’ for any American jaunt later this year.
Both Froch and Golovkin are tied to US broadcasters HBO, so if they did decide to get it on at some point, the fight should by all accounts be relatively easy to make.
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