WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has told divisional rival Gennady Golovkin to put up or shut up on a possible unification in April.
Saunders was mulling over an offer from Golovkin’s team which they went public with this week for what has been described as ‘significant’ money by Team GGG.
Despite assurances from Tom Loeffler that the terms are sufficient, Saunders responded to Golovkin via social media in regards to accepting the fight. The Briton was blunt in stating that Golovkin should up his bid to promoter Frank Warren if the formidable Kazakh puncher is totally serious about securing the encounter for this spring.
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) January 5, 2016
HBO are keen on April 23 for Golovkin’s next outing fresh from the interim WBC, IBF, WBO and IBO title holder claiming a third WBN Fighter of the Year award on Tuesday.
IBF mandatory contender Tureano Johnson has quickly emerged as an alternative to Saunders, although that could also be a way of Golovkin calling bluff in a bid to push the fight through.
There’s no doubting that Golovkin v Saunders is the number one choice at 160 behind the obvious Canelo pay-per-view clash, although it seems that both sides are still some way from putting pen to paper on a four-belt battle.