Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler has exclusively informed WBN that the unified middleweight king would have no problem stepping up to super middleweight for a fight with three-time world champion at the weight, Carl Froch.
Questions have been raised as to where WBA and IBO 160lb title holder Golovkin goes next following his crushing victory over Willie Monroe Jr on Saturday night – which represented a 20th straight knockout for the rising pound for pound star.
Golovkin is currently the mandatory challenger for WBC belt holder Miguel Cotto who defends against Daniel Geale on June 6, although Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya is keen to seal a shot at the Puerto Rican legend for his number one fighter, Canelo Alvarez.
Should ‘GGG’ agree to step aside in exchange for rock-solid assurances on a fight against the winner, that would leave the heavy-hitting Kazakh with a window of opportunity in the next few months to negotiate a fight against one of the bigger names between 154 and 168lbs.
Froch certainly comes into that category as the Briton debates whether to hang up his gloves or have a couple more fights, as ‘The Cobra’ is known to harbour hopes of one day headlining in boxing’s capital of the world in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Loeffler is open to negotiating with Matchroom Sport over an encounter between the pair and even says Golovkin would accept a high-profile clash in Froch’s backyard – potentially at Nottingham’s City Ground or even at the 80,000 capacity site at London’s Wembley Stadium.
“The question of whether Gennady Golovkin and Carl Froch will fight is really one for Eddie Hearn as I know ‘GGG’ would fight him in Las Vegas or in the UK,” Loeffler exclusively told World Boxing News.
“A fight between Golovkin and Froch would do big business on either side of the Atlantic and we would be keen if the potential is there to make the fight happen.”
At 37 and fast approaching his 38th birthday, it would be debatable as to whether Froch would want to risk all the recent hard work cementing his legacy on a gamble with arguably the most destructive puncher in the business right now.
There’s no doubt whatsoever that the fight would tick all boxes as far as the media and fans are concerned and indeed see Golovkin given the acid test he fully deserves on current form alone.
But you have to question whether giving Froch a toss-up between facing a dangerous 90% KO artist or going quietly into the British Hall of Fame at this stage of his career would result in any outcome other than the latter.