Golovkin open to Canelo and Chavez Jr. bouts, wants Cotto next

Phil Jay 19/10/2014

New WBC mandatory middleweight challenger Gennady Golovkin has set his sights on facing Miguel Cotto in the New Year after dispatching Marco Antonio Rubio in just two short rounds at the StubHub Center in California.

Golovkin, 32, proved once again that he is the most powerful puncher in the sport, pound for pound, and wants to secure the WBC title shot that he earned in just six minutes of work in front of nine thousand adoring fans.

Speaking to HBO’s Max Kellerman, Golovkin insisted that the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. are on his radar, although Cotto is the number one choice for what would be a huge 160lb mega-fight if it comes off.

“It doesn’t matter (who I fight), but I think first it’s Miguel Cotto. I respect him and he’s a great champion but it’s Miguel Cotto,” said Golovkin.

“I respect Canelo also, he’s a good boy and Chavez Jr too I want to fight, but I think first Miguel.”

Cotto recently scored one of the victories of his career to date when stopping Sergio Martinez in New York, but there are question marks over the Puerto Rican continuing to fight at 160 having predominantly campaigned at 154 over the last few years.

The WBC will expect Cotto to put the belt on the line against Golovkin at some point in the first half of 2015 – with the four-weight world title holder so far keeping his cards close to his chest regarding his future.

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