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Jul
2020

Exclusive: Loeffler remains hopeful on future GGG v Saunders clash

Phil Jay 18/01/2016
Golovkin Billy Joe Saunders

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Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler has informed WBN that he is in the process of finding an alternative opponent for the middleweight champion following the collapse of a fight with Billy Joe Saunders.

WBA, IBF and IBO title holder Golovkin wanted to unify the division further by adding the WBO crown recently won by Saunders and Loeffler tabled a ‘significant offer’ to Frank Warren to make it happen.

Warren has decided to go down a different route with Saunders and has two defences already lined up for his fighter this year, whilst Loeffler is ready to move on in a bid to keep ‘GGG’ active in his pursuit of further honours.

“As we always said, unfortunately, we cannot force other champions to fight Gennady Golovkin,” Loeffler told World Boxing News.

“Billy Joe Saunders just had a big win to claim his title, so hopefully, he will fight GGG in the future.

“As for the future of Golovkin, we are still going through opponents to see what is the best option for his next fight,” he added.

Golovkin is currently the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Canelo Alvarez, although the Mexican wanted more time to prepare since moving up from super-welterweight. 

That leaves GGG in a tough spot as the 33 year-old has now been blocked off from both remaining title belts left on offer.

Where Golovkin and Loeffler go next is still uncertain, whilst the IBF’s mandatory challenger Tureano Johnson has already thrown his hat into the ring should the organisation want the contest pushed through next due to a unification falling through.