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Exclusive: Loeffler says Golovkin fight is realistic, but entirely down to Froch

Phil Jay 14/11/2015
Carl Froch Gennady Golovkin

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K2 promoter Tom Loeffler has informed WBN that he would welcome a massive super-fight between Gennady Golovkin and Carl Froch at some point in 2016.

Rumours have resurfaced over the past week that Froch is ready to end his 18-month retirement next year and middleweight king Golovkin has inevitably been mentioned as a possible opponent for the Nottingham man.

Golovkin, who holds three versions of the 160 pound belts, is in line to compete for a fourth when facing the winner of the November 21 battle between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, although there are still question marks over the mandatory fight going ahead.

Cotto v Canelo is being fought at a catchweight of 155 pounds and it is thought that both boxers would want a similar stipulation against Golovkin, whose team have already been quoted as stating there will be no drop in weight. This means the WBC could step in and strip Cotto or Canelo of the green belt for not agreeing to the stipulated mandatory defense, leaving Golovkin as the full champion without having to step in the ring with either.

All that would then be required to clean up at 160 is for Golovkin to face the winner of this month’s Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders WBO bout in the early part of next year, thus leaving the Kazakh free to move up and face Froch over the summer.

Prior to Froch announcing he would hang up his gloves, a ‘GGG’ encounter was the hot topic of the moment and Loeffler believes an agreement for any future clash lies solely in the hands of the former three-time world super middleweight title holder.

“Of course, we would still welcome a fight between Gennady Golovkin and Carl Froch if it didn’t conflict with ‘GGG’ in a middleweight unification fight as that is still his priority (to clean up the division),” Loeffler exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Everybody knows that if Carl does decide to fight again, a fight against ‘GGG’ is a huge fight.

“We believe that the fight is realistic from our side, but we can’t make the decision for Carl. It’s up to him if he is going to fight again and if he wants to take the fight with Golovkin,” he added.