Gennady Golovkin open to 168 fight, wants ‘definitive Canelo conclusion’
Gennady Golovkin has confirmed a fight at super-middleweight could be in his near future as the Kazakh chases a trilogy with Canelo Alvarez.
Boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction was speaking as he went face-to-face with undefeated Top-10 world-rated contender Steve Rolls for a second time this week.
The pair concluded their coast-to-coast media tour with a Los Angeles press conference at The Conga Room, LA LIVE.
Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, formally announced to media that he is bringing his Big Drama Show back to the “Mecca of Boxing” on Saturday, June 8, in a 12-round rumble with Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs), who hails from Toronto.
The fight will be contested at a maximum weight of 164 lbs. It marks GGG’s debut on DAZN, after signing a six-fight global partnership in March.
Discussing the possibility of moving up, plus avenging his loss and controversial draw against Canelo, ‘GGG’ said: “Everyone wants to see that fight. I want that fight, we want that fight.
“Everyone understands why it is important that the third fight happens so that we can have a definitive conclusion.
“I feel very comfortable at my weight class now. But would I move up for a big name or a big fight? Of course.
“I feel very comfortable right now. I have six fights with DAZN now. I’m excited to face Steve Rolls. The big fights are important to me and titles don’t matter to me as much as being in the biggest fights.”
On facing Rolls in the first fight of his DAZN contract, the veteran stated: “I want to say thank you to God for this chance. I am very happy right now. I feel like I am back.
“Thank you to DAZN, which is the biggest platform for boxing and for fans. Thank you to my family and everyone involved. This is exactly what I need.
“I respect Steve and his whole team and I appreciate them for taking this fight. If you can’t make it to Madison Square Garden on June 8, watch on DAZN because I will bring a show.
“I feel great, like I am 15 years old with a dream. I’m hungry. I know what Steve Rolls feels like right now, with that opportunity. I have that, I want to go back to that mindset.
“This is my first fight in this deal and it makes me feel like a young man again.”
Concluding on what he’s learned since the Canelo defeat, Golovkin added: “I think I learned a lot. We opened a promotional company and as the head of a company and an active athlete, it was the best decision to come to DAZN for the future.
“We are excited to announce a lot of things soon.”