So it is silly season in boxing, that being, time for us to obsess about who Floyd will fight next…
Candidates’ names are being tossed around like …. Broner-Porter winner, Kell Brook, Andre Berto, Karim Mayfield, Amir Khan, Oscar De La Hoya…and what about the person who represents the most logical choice, Gennady Golovkin?
The middleweight ace concedes that he might be too powerful for TBE Mayweather at 160, so he’s willing to carve and starve down to 154, to even the playing field for Mayweather.
How about it, is there any blue sky to be seen?
I asked Golovkins’ promoter, Tom Loeffler, for an update: have there been any Mayweather-Golovkin talks for Floyd’s next date, Sept. 12?
“Gennady has always said he’d go down to 154 to fight Floyd, and Floyd has two titles there, interestingly for people who say he’s just a welterweight,” Loeffler told me. “But as for talking to Al Haymon, or a Haymon person about this, no, I haven’t.”
And yes, Loeffler has dealt with Haymon before, as his guy Jonathan Banks met Haymon boxer Seth Mitchell twice. They have conferred and done dealing together. “That fight wouldn’t be too hard to figure out,” Loeffler said.
So, no, no blue sky, Golovkin fans, sorry…
As for Gennady’s next, Loeffler said he will next fight in the fall. But of course, if Floyd threw a curveball and said yes to Triple G, Sept. 12 would be the date and the MGM the place. But if not, September, October, it’s too early to tell…
Carl Froch at 168 was lead dog to get a Golovkin crack, but he’s playing footsie with retirement, so that is seemingly off the table. The winner of Saturdays’ David Lemieux vs. Hassan N’Dam 160 tussle in Montreal will get a hard look, I think. “The winner would be in the running to fight Gennady,” Loeffler said. He likes the bomber vs boxer matchup, with Lemieux being the hard cracker and N’Dam being the crafty sort.
Another name in the mix is Top Rank’s up n comer Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, a 31-0 light heavy who fights June 26 on Tru. The 23-year-old Mexican lefty is handsome, can fight more than a bit, and is getting a heavy push by Team Arum…so that would be a curveball addition of a possibility to the mix for Golovkins’ next.
Finished Loeffler: “But if Floyd called and said let’s do it, we’d be fighting September twelfth..but I’m not holding my breath, like guys Amir Khan are.”
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