Gennady Golovkin has a huge fight with Kell Brook on the horizon with all of his precious WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles on the line, but it hasn't stopped his camp thinking about potential fights in the future.
The Kazakhstani middleweight takes on Special K on September 10 at the 02 Arena, but according to his promoter Tom Loeffler, GGG wouldn't be opposed to heading back to England in the future.
Clearly, fighting opponents on their home soil doesn't bother Golovkin and Loeffler has indicated that Chris Eubanks Jr, and even a retired Carl Froch, might be next on his wishlist.
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Eubanks Jr was all but confirmed as his opponent for his first trip to the UK before Brook stepped into the breach when contract negotiations stalled.
However, Froch has been retired since he defeated George Groves for a second time back in 2014 at Wembley stadium. The former WBA (Regular) and IBF super-middleweight champion now acts as a pundit for big fights on Sky Sports and he has suggested that Golovkin should step up and fight bigger opponents in the not too distant past.
“We’d be open to the Carl Froch fight too,” said Loeffler to IFL TV. “When you see Carl, tell him if everything goes the right way with Brook, we’d be open for that fight,” said Loeffler.
Froch typically operated at eight pounds heavier than Golovkin as a super middleweight, but we still can't see the Sheffield-born analyst, now 39, salivating at the idea of taking this fight.
Golovkin himself was asked on Tuesday if he’d be interested in fighting Froch, but the 34-year-old pulled a confused face and said: “No, he’s finished. He’s a clown.”
Perhaps GGG has heard some of the things Froch has been saying about him and maybe, just maybe, he is trying to goad the retired fighter into the ring.
One has to believe there would be much more lucrative fights out there for Golovkin than a retired Froch, though. Either way, he'll need to be sharp and fully-focused on Brook to make sure he gets through that stern test first.