Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders are set to meet in a middleweight unification super-bout, but the eagerly anticipated fight could be delayed, depending on the announcement of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather on their much-hyped mega-fight.
Golovkin and Britain's WBO middleweight champ Saunders want to fight on 10 June, but fear that the super-fight between unbeaten boxer Mayweather and UFC champion McGregor could take place on the same date.
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is the likely venue for Golovkin-Saunders, has also been booked by Mayweather for his clash with McGregor.
Saunders' promoter Frank Warren has stated that: "We would not go up against Mayweather-McGregor but there are other dates in June."
Golovkin is eager to unify the middleweight division after a ferocious encounter with Daniel Jacobs at the weekend which went the distance, while Saunders called out Golovkin after his victory over Kell Brook.
Both Golovkin and Saunders had been linked with fighting Mexican superstar Saul Canelo, but Saunders has pushed for Golovkin to face him first, saying: "The only legacy he's got is getting beat off by Mayweather - nothing else."
Saunders has also promised to be Golovkin's worst nightmare and is keen to fight him 'anywhere'.
Meanwhile, the hype has been cranked up for the mega-clash between Mayweather and McGregor.
Notorious, who is currently away from action as he prepares to welcome his first child, believes the fight will happen in September, and that Mayweather is 'petrified' at the prospect of facing him.
UFC president Dana White has also insisted that Mayweather-McGregor is definitely on given the fact the two of them know it makes perfect sense business-wise.
White believes there is too much ego and money involved, and that as the younger man and a southpaw, UFC's McGregor has a huge advantage over the undefeated Mayweather.
However, whilst the two biggest names in boxing and UFC continue to delay the official confirmation, it will also delay the possible announcement of Golovkin vs Saunders.
The Kazakhstani boxer currently has a professional record of 37-0, coming off the back of his victory against Jacobs, whilst Saunders also has an unbeaten record of 24-0, with his last fight coming against Artur Akavov back in December.
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