Date for Gennady Golovkin vs. Billy Joe Saunders depends on a certain lucrative super-fight
Talks are well underway for a monster middleweight meeting between Gennady Golovkin and the man who holds the WBO crown.
Golovkin is the proud owner of WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles but will not stop at that as he aims to cement his legacy as an all-time great by dethroning Billy Joe Saunders.
Golovkin stretched his perfect professional record to 37-0 last weekend when he got past Danny Jacobs via unanimous decision, a result which saw his 23-fight knockout streak come to an end in Madison Square Garden.
GGG has insisted that his "dream fight" is opposite Hertfordshire-based Saunders, who has not shied away from the challenge.
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"Don't fuck about with me no more, you little fucking minge!" was Saunders' message to the Kazakh superstar.
With negotiations underway, Golovkin's native Kazakhstan seems to be a front-runner to host the match-up while his promoter Tom Loeffler announced that the bout could well take place in Britain.
"We will sit down with Saunders’ camp and see how realistic it is to go to Kazakhstan," Loeffler said.
"But the O2 sold out in 11 minutes when Gennady fought Kell Brook last year so the UK is always an option."
Loeffler has also targeted June 10 for the fight but that date could be an issue as there is a certain super-fight that is also in talks for that night.
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The much-discussed money fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is looking increasingly likely, with UFC president Dana White having changed his tune on whether or not he could see it taking place.
According to reports, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is on hold for June 10, with negotiations apparently reaching a more advanced stage.
With knowledge of that fact, Saunders' promoter Frank Warren has admitted that they would not go head-to-head with McGregor vs. Mayweather because Golovkin vs. Saunders would likely come up short given the intriguing nature of the two biggest draws in combat sports meeting in the ring.
"We would not go up against Mayweather-McGregor but there are other dates in June," Warren told the Sun.
So while discussions continue between the camps of Golovkin and Saunders, it's looking like they are waiting for confirmation of McGregor vs. Mayweather before they settle on an exact date.