Gennadiy Golovkin is preparing to fight for the first time since his controversial defeat to Canelo Alvarez against Canada’s Steve Rolls.
The Kazakhstan star returns to New York for the first time since outpointing Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs in 2017.
Ahead of his debut under the DAZN banner, promoter Tom Loeffler has insisted GGG remains one of the hottest properties in world boxing.
He said: “There are only a few fighters that can sell out Madison Square Garden. Canelo fought here, in December, and he sold out MSG. Anthony Joshua is coming here June 1. And we’re expecting to sell out June 8.
“One thing that all three of these boxers have in common is that they all signed with DAZN here in the United States.”
GGG has admitted his main aim is to secure a trilogy with Canelo and settle the score once and for all.
While Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya stated Golovkin must have a title to secure a third fight with Canelo, Loeffler has dismissed those claims. The promoter refused to rule out the fight potentially taking place at MSG.
“It’s why Gennady signed with DAZN, it’s the clearest path to that. I don’t think the titles are going to make a difference. Both GGG and Canelo are above needing a title at this point in their career.
“Canelo fought here in December, he sold out MSG, Gennady has fought here and he built his fight here in MSG. I think the third fight will come down to economics.
“And location will be a part of the negotiations because now, he’s not obligated to fight in Vegas.”
Both previous contests took place at the T-Mobile Arena on the Nevada strip, with Golovkin seemingly winning the first. He didn’t get the decision and lost a subsequent rematch.
This was despite a suspension being handed down to Canelo after a failed drugs test.