Unbeaten Kazakh Gennady Golovkin is persuing an unification bout against newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. Joe Saunders is reluctant to fight in the USA which is putting the possible fight in jeopardy while IBF are close to order “Tureano Johnson” as mandatory fight for Golovkin’s IBF title just in case Golovkin and Joe Saunders fail to reach an agreement for unification bout.
Unbeaten middleweight Gennady Golovkin’s next fight has been confirmed for 23 April 2016 in Madison Square Garden in New York and Billy Joe Saunders is the most likely opponent in what should be a PPV unification bout. Although Billy Joe Saunders camp received a concrete offer from Gennady Golovkin camp the fight is not confirmed as of yet with newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Saunders looking for a bigger chunk that what has been offered in first place.
|FIGHT DATE||Saturday, 23 April 2016 (confirmed)|
|POSSIBLE OPPONENTS||Billy Joe Saunders (in negotiations, but looks highly unlikely) or Tureano Johnson (IBF Middleweight title mandatory)|
|VENUE||Madison Square Garden, New York, USA (Confirmed)|
Billy Joe Saunders told SkySports “I have recieved an offer from GGG camp but they want to have everything on their terms from money to venue and I am not entirely comfortable with that. I am WBO champion in this division not a challenger so there must be few things on my terms to make it event contest. If I were to fight in New York against Gennady Golovkin I would want bigger chunck of money that i have been offered in the first place.“”Or GGG can come to UK and fight me here and money does not matter than.”
He told skysports that Golovkin is not the only fight available to him “I have other options beside Golovkin with the likes of Canelo and Cotto fights which can been easily made” So if by the end January Golovkin fight is not confirmed I am going to find someone else”
Golovkin on the other hand is likely to be order to fight “Tureano Johnson” who is the mandatory of Golovkin’s IBF middleweight title. So GGG camp is under pressure to put together a decent fight for 23 April 2016. As for the Billy Joe Saunders he is likely to demand a fight in the UK just to not fight Golovkin.