Gennady Golovkin’s mandatory challenger Tureano Johnson has predicted defeats for both Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez should the middleweight pair eventually share the ring with the powerful Kazakh.
Bahamian Johnson is currently the favorite to face Golovkin on his next HBO outing due to take place on April 23, whilst Saunders had been offered a unification opportunity which the Briton looks likely to pass up.
Golovkin’s 2016 blueprint included picking up the WBO belt from Saunders before facing WBC champion Canelo to fully complete the set of titles at 160 pounds. Johnson aims to upset that plan this spring, but believes ‘GGG’ would take both Saunders and Canelo’s championships if they were to share the ring at some point this year.
“If GGG and Saunders happens, I don’t think Saunders will fare well,” Johnson exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The simple fact of the matter is that Saunders has so far shown a great fear in taking a fight with GGG.
“Regarding the Canelo situation, it would be like his most previous fight, but this time, he’s the smaller man and the power of GGG would overwhelm him rather than him overwhelming Cotto.
“Also, the experience of GGG is now great. Without taking anything away from Canelo’s experience of a lot of professional fights, but GGG also has a stellar amateur background and that gives him an even greater chance and advantage of winning that fight,” he added.
Despite rumours that Golovkin and Saunders are due to begin talks for a three-belt battle in earnest, WBN have solid knowledge that the original offer tabled to the Briton has not yet been responded to by promoter Frank Warren.
No negotiations whatsoever have been scheduled for Golovkin v Saunders at this moment in time and that leaves Johnson in a strong position to be in the opposite corner to the WBN Fighter of the Year in what will be the talented middleweight’s first world title chance.