Exclusive: Baffled Loeffler says GGG v Froch has always been at 168
Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler has reiterated to WBN the current middleweight king’s stance on a proposed clash with former super middleweight force Carl Froch.
‘GGG’ is widely regarding as one of the top two active fighters in the world today and has long been on the lookout to seal his legacy by calling for match-up against the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward and Froch himself.
Froch, who retired earlier this year, was quoted in the British press as stating Golovkin was unwilling to move up the full eight pounds to face him – something Loeffler has moved to clear up on the matter once and for all.
“I have always said Golovkin would go to 168 for Froch from the very first conversations with Eddie Hearn earlier this year – to when I saw Carl and spoke with him in Germany,” Loeffler exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Some of our conversations are even on video that had both of us talking about making the fight at 168, so I’m not sure where he came up with GGG wouldn’t go to 168 as that has always been our position and will continue to be.
“If Carl wants to fight Golovkin it can definitely happen at 168,” he added.
There’s no doubting a GGG v Froch clash would be a worldwide event and a pay-per-view affair on both sides of the Atlantic. Froch, 38, has longed to headline in Las Vegas in a bid to finish his career on a high and Golovkin certainly provides the opportunity for ‘The Cobra’ to do that.
As things currently stand, Golovkin is set for a middleweight unification with Canelo as stipulated by the World Boxing Council, although could ask for special dispensation from the WBC to delay the encounter until later in 2016.
With Canelo yet to fill out into a fully-fledged 160 pounder, the Mexican superstar may well be in agreement to allow Golovkin v Froch to happen in the first six months of next year and then fufill his mandatory obligations at the tail end of 2016.
The ball is now firmly in the court of Froch and his team as to whether or not he wants to come out of his retirement and spark up negotiations with one of the world’s most feared punchers.