WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is only a couple of weeks away from facing Kell Brook at the O2 Arena, but he may be looking past his British opponent already.
This will be GGG's first bout on British shores and it doesn't appear that the Kazakh sensation will be straying far from the UK with his next fight either.
When asked by Michelle Phelps who he wants to fight after Brook, Golovkin was open to locking horns with another fighter from the UK. However, it's not Chris Eubank Jr. - who narrowly missed out on a fight with GGG before Brook stepped in - he's looking at his bitter rival.
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Billy Joe Saunders because he’s WBO champion," GGG insisted. "For me, it doesn’t matter; Chris Eubank or Billy Joe Saunders, I need belt. Right now, my focus is Kell Brook, and next, I need belt. He’s a good boxer [Brook]. I will bring a new style. A little bit changed, maybe for speed, for moving.”
GGG must be a greedy man because he already has every world middleweight belt available, except the WBO prize that Saunders owns.
To unify the whole middleweight division would be quite the achievement, and Saunders actually said earlier this week in a tirade aimed at Chris Eubank following inflammatory comments on Twitter that Golovkin is in his sights.
Would Saunders really want that fight? A prospective and rumoured bout with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez might be worth more money to Saunders in the U.S. Couple that with the fact that GGG isn't the WBO number one contender and Saunders could dodge that fight for a while, should he want to.
However, if he wants to arrive as a star away from the U.K., fighting the likes of Golovkin and proving himself is a necessary step he needs to make sooner rather than later.
Saunders struggled beat Andy Lee last December to win the WBO title, but it was only two early knockdowns that really secured that victory for Saunders who, after winning the first six rounds, visibly struggled and lost the final six.
Do you think Saunders would put up much of a fight against Golovkin?