Golovkin Will Know Next Better After Cotto-Geale

Gennady-Golovkin

So, who and what is next for “the best middleweight in the world.”

That's Gennady Golovkin, y'all, at least according to a man you'd expect would hold that level of assurance, Tom Loeffler.

He happens to promote the Beiber-faced banger, the fighting pride of Kazahkstan, who is now in picking mode on who to scrap with next.

So, any movement on that front, Tom?

“He is coming your way, to New York, Michael,” the promoter told me. “He's coming to watch the Cotto-Geale fight. And he's not coming to stalk Cotto, per se, but he wants that WBC belt. He and Miguel are friendly, he has respect for Miguel, and so does trainer Abel Sanchez. But that's the title he wants. Also, he has a good relationship with Freddie.”

Yeah, even when Freddie talks smack about Gennady not being a draw? Sure, said Loeffler. “If I had Cotto, I wouldn't want him fighting Gennady either!”

So, next for Golovkin depends, maybe, on what happens Saturday in Brooklyn.

Yes, we've heard a Cotto vs. Canelo clash is on the front-burner if and when Cotto handles the Aussie challenger. Loeffler knows this, understands it. But what if Geale snags the upset? Regardless, in the promoters' mind, “the more Gennady fights, the fewer excuses people have to avoid him. That he's not known, or marketable…The champs are running out of excuses!”

Apart from the Saturday participants, Loeffler will pay attention to the June 20 David Lemieux-Hassan N'Dam showdown; also, “Carl Froch is a very interesting fight, if Eddie Hearn can get him to commit. And Andy Lee is someone who is out there, Gennady would like to fight him,” Loeffler said. “Danny Jacobs has a WBA belt, he's on the radar, too.” (Though Loeffler hasn't broached any talks with Team Haymon in a long spell. The last time, he said, was when Richard Schaefer was still with Golden Boy…)

“Anyway, there's a lot of talent in the division. And the more he fights, again, the fewer excuses the other guys will have!”

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-Bernie Campbell :

Please dont make me throw up! The fight between Golokvin is not pheasable economicly or competitively! I dont know why the boxing moguls want to push this fight down our throats! Golokvin should be fighting Ward or Mayweather! And its ludicrous to think in terms of Canelo also! Maybe theses moguls think the Hispanic Audiences are idiots ayyyy!


-john Burns :

For those of you who don't remember, or perhaps never knew, GGG is a MIDDLEWEIGHT. The last time I looked, Cotto held a version of the MIDDLEWEIGHT title. Now, I hear that he will not defend that title unless his opponent agrees to a catchweogh lower than the 160 pound limit. So here is my take. If Cotto won't defend his version of the middleweight title. He should vacate or be stripped of that title.


-Radam G :

For those of you who don't remember, or perhaps never knew, GGG is a MIDDLEWEIGHT. The last time I looked, Cotto held a version of the MIDDLEWEIGHT title. Now, I hear that he will not defend that title unless his opponent agrees to a catchweogh lower than the 160 pound limit. So here is my take. If Cotto won't defend his version of the middleweight title. He should vacate or be stripped of that title.
Defending the belt is made upon agreements. And the champion can agree to fight at any weight less than 160lbs. The word "catch weight" is a bunch of crock from the boxing writers, not fighters. Pugs -- even heavyweights -- have always fought at agreed upon weights! Holla!


-Pazuzu :

Love Golovkin's getup in this pic. Reminds me of Hagler in those old Right Guard ads. "Anything less would be uncivilized."


-mortcola :

Love Golovkin's getup in this pic. Reminds me of Hagler in those old Right Guard ads. "Anything less would be uncivilized."
Like. Meaintime, give yourself a treat and watch some old Hagler footage - Hearns, Mugabi, Obelmejias, Caveman Lee, Sibson, Minter - I remember watching those in the moment, the ones that made it to TV, and rarely have I had that undiluted “holy s--t!” reaction - not just about freakish power shows, but about watching the integrated art of “destruct and destroy” as it happens. Anyone who mostly saw the Leonard fight saw a Hagler at 50% at best - the focused anger, the effective speed (not lightning, but quick and perfectly timed with maximum force delivered), the solid defense mixed with disdain for the pain of whatever came back at him - that was one GREAT fighter, who needs to have the whole toolkit looked at in order to be fully appreciated.


-Domenic :

A worst case scenario is a Geale win, then we get Golovkin-Geale 2. Geale may DQ himself to avoid that if he's up big. I laugh when people say Golovkin's not marketable. His ratings on HBO are good, he's the most feared fighter P4P alive without a close second, has a hugely crowd pleasing style, and fights all the time. I'd argue he's the most marketable guy out there. As for Cotto, if he wins he basically needs to fight Golovkin or just relinquish the belt and move to 154. I personally think Cotto's willing to fight Golovkin, but his handlers want nothing to do with it. If he does fight him, even if he's KO'd in the first round, it won't diminish his career at all. In fact, I think it'd enhance it. Hey, the guy took a risk against a once in a generation, super elite force. No shame in that. And if he ever won, he could hang them up and bask for the rest of his life. His stock as an ATG would skyrocket.


-Pazuzu :

Like. Meaintime, give yourself a treat and watch some old Hagler footage - Hearns, Mugabi, Obelmejias, Caveman Lee, Sibson, Minter - I remember watching those in the moment, the ones that made it to TV, and rarely have I had that undiluted “holy s--t!” reaction - not just about freakish power shows, but about watching the integrated art of “destruct and destroy” as it happens. Anyone who mostly saw the Leonard fight saw a Hagler at 50% at best - the focused anger, the effective speed (not lightning, but quick and perfectly timed with maximum force delivered), the solid defense mixed with disdain for the pain of whatever came back at him - that was one GREAT fighter, who needs to have the whole toolkit looked at in order to be fully appreciated.
Right on, Mortcola. I'm always up for some Hagler appreciation. Just happened to watch the Hearns and Mugabi fights a couple of weeks ago while revelling in the 30 year anniversary of the Hearns bout. I'll have to add the other fights to my list. For a quick fix, this compilation always hits the mark. The "Bobby Pazuzu" who put the video together is no relation to yours truly, but this thing rocks. And the sequence that starts at 2:07 blows my mind every time...
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TZHIo5ylQA8


-King Beef :

Like. Meaintime, give yourself a treat and watch some old Hagler footage - Hearns, Mugabi, Obelmejias, Caveman Lee, Sibson, Minter - I remember watching those in the moment, the ones that made it to TV, and rarely have I had that undiluted “holy s--t!” reaction - not just about freakish power shows, but about watching the integrated art of “destruct and destroy” as it happens. Anyone who mostly saw the Leonard fight saw a Hagler at 50% at best - the focused anger, the effective speed (not lightning, but quick and perfectly timed with maximum force delivered), the solid defense mixed with disdain for the pain of whatever came back at him - that was one GREAT fighter, who needs to have the whole toolkit looked at in order to be fully appreciated.
Hagler vs the Beast was a good 1 for sure!! and gotta agree with you Mort, I read somewhere that Leonard said he made his decision to go after Hagler after scouting the Mugabi fight. I guess he saw what he needed to see.


-stormcentre :

I am going to be impressed if Geale just makes weight, and can rehydrate properly; which - despite all Cotto and Roaches' talk - is exactly what they want. :) :)


-stormcentre :

I am going to be impressed if Geale just makes weight, and can rehydrate properly; which - despite all Cotto and Roaches' talk - is exactly what they want. And, if Geale can do all that - particularly the last part - he could pose some issues for Cotto. :) :)


-King Beef :

I am going to be impressed if Geale just makes weight, and can rehydrate properly; which - despite all Cotto and Roaches' talk - is exactly what they want. And, if Geale can do all that - particularly the last part - he could pose some issues for Cotto. :) :)
Storm; I think he made the weight, don't know how it will affect him in the fight, but I guess that was the intention.


-deepwater2 :

Thank god I picked pharaoh so I paid for the rest of my rotten picks. Cotto by ko must be my lock.


-stormcentre :

Storm; I think he made the weight, don't know how it will affect him in the fight, but I guess that was the intention.
Yep thanks for that KB. I posted that message at an airport . . just before my call to jump on a plane to Brisbane. As (global) time would have it Geale made weight just as we took off, or perhaps even as I wrote the message. OK, now let's see what happens to the 2nd part of my post' ""and can rehydrate properly"". Geale had to lose 10 pounds in less than a week, so that's never easy. If Geale, though/after it all, is still the same guy that travelled to Germany and beat Strum; Cotto is in real trouble. :)


-stormcentre :

And there we go . . . the results of serious dehydration and fast/significant rehydration are there for all to see, evidenced not just by Cotto's confidence - but also Geale's performance. Still, no-one (but the need to earn a living) forced them to sign the contract. It's debatable that Cotto, on his first defence of the light middleweight title, deserves full credit for defending the title against a catch-weight and in this manner. And no . . catch weights have not been used throughout history like this; which is something I have long both believed and been concerned about. However there's no need for me to tell you why, as Cliff Rold actually (and very accurately/concisely) tells us why here . . .
->http://www.boxingscene.com/cotto-geale-three-pounds-heavy-issue--91904 :)