Let's See Who Really Wants To Fight Golovkin

BY Frank Lotierzo ON June 24, 2014
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Most observers would agree that he's the best and most formidable fighter in his division. He's young and strong, possesses two handed power and there seems to be no doubt about that he's willing to meet any fighter in his division qualified to fight him. He's charismatic and has a fan friendly style. I happen to think he's slightly overrated at this stage of his career because of the level of opposition campaigning in today's middleweight division, but there's not one fighter in the pedestrian 160 pound division who I would pick to beat him, not one.

His name is Gennady Golovkin 29-0 (26) and he's the current WBA middleweight title holder.

He is scheduled to fight Daniel Geale 30-2 (16) next month and after that, assuming he wins, who knows what will follow. Matching his name on any marquee with fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and perhaps maybe even Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would guarantee monumental fan interest. However, with the exception of Chavez, the odds of him fighting Mayweather, Alvarez or Cotto are about as good as someone using a Cheerio for a life preserver. It can be said with impunity that as bad as Mayweather would love to win a piece of the middleweight title, he really doesn't want to have to beat the best middleweight in the world to do it. If Floyd ever agreed to fight Gennady, you better believe that it won't be a straight up fight without a gimmick attached during the negotiations in order to hamstring Golovkin. 

In regards to Alvarez, who we know kills himself to make the junior middleweight limit of 154 and is destined to move up to middleweight: why should he fight Golovkin for the title when he's the most likely opponent to fight Cotto, who is one of the two or three smallest middleweight title-holders in history, if he doesn't fight Mayweather in his first defense.

And if you are Cotto, sure, unifying the middleweight title would appease the fans, but from a career vantage point, it's without a doubt the stupidest move out there for Miguel. For starters, it's a terrible style match up, he'd also be a huge underdog and lastly, the money wouldn't be that great. At least not compared to fighting Mayweather or Alvarez.

Perhaps Chavez Jr. would fight Golovkin? Granted, that would be an interesting and entertaining fight because Chavez can really take a shot and he can punch. But Golovkin and Chavez are on different levels as fighters and it wouldn't be a PPV bout by any standards.

It's easy to sense that Mayweather, Cotto, Alvarez and perhaps Chavez are going to be lumped into the A list pile, and you'll see Golovkin forced to do meaningless things like unifying the title against fighters like Sam Soliman 44-11 (18) and Peter Quillin 31-0 (22), both of whom he'd probably knock out in his sleep.

I think it's safe to assume that Golovkin is the best fighter in the middleweight division and none of the fighters close to his weight, Mayweather, Cotto and Canelo, aside from their truth deficient words, have any interest in fighting him.

Yet, every one of those guys would love to say they are the middleweight champ. Cotto can say that now but everyone knows he hasn't proved he's the best in the division and I doubt even those around him think he would be successful against Golovkin.  If Golovkin is frozen out of the big money fights against those named above, as I believe he will be - what's left for him? Well, that's easy. He'll most likely be pressured to move up to 168 and challenge maybe the most complete fighter in professional boxing, Andre Ward. This would be unfair to a fighter who is clearly the class of his division but may not get a chance to prove it against some of boxing's biggest stars because he's seen as being too strong for them.

Maybe Golovkin will end up fighting Carl Froch in Manchester? But nobody is going to mention the guy's name unless it's to force him into a fight with someone bigger than he is. When a fighter is seen as the alpha fighter in the division like Golovkin is, the only fighters who will loudly lobby to fight him are those like Soliman and Quillin. In other words, fighters who have nothing to lose and everything to gain. On the other hand, fighters with notoriety who already have a title and are usually the A-side of the promotion and take the lions share of the purse when they fight, have nothing to gain when it comes to the risk-reward factor that comes with facing Golovkin. If you're Mayweather, you don't need Gololvkin because he makes 30-40 million when he fights regardless of the opponent. Floyd would love to add the middleweight title to his resume, but the situation has to be favorable to him. Either he fights Cotto for it or he leaves it alone. If he were to fight Golovkin and get pummeled, wrongly, that's the fight he'd be most remembered for.

In the case of Canelo, he has time on his side. Gennady will probably eventually move up to 168, and then Alvarez can seek the middleweight title if he doesn't get to challenge Cotto for it later this year. And if you're Cotto, first you try to fight Mayweather and if that doesn't work out you go for Canelo because they are the two biggest money fights out there. Fighting Golovkin makes no sense.

As you can see Golovkin is going to be out of the picture for some very big PPV paydays because he is perceived as being too good and dangerous for the name fighters who are flirting with the idea of challenging for the middleweight title, unless they can fight Cotto.

Mayweather has the automatic hook and a lot of fans are definitely interested in seeing him lose. Golovkin hasn't been marketed as a celebrity or pop star (Alvarez and Chavez), and hasn't had the high profile wars that Cotto has had. Any one of those four would be a great opportunity for Golovkin to become an over-night sensation against, but the risk is too great and they could very well end up losing their juice in the public's eye if they lost, something that is more than plausible.

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oubobcat says:

Golovkin is in an odd position. He has shown an eagerness to fight anyone. However, he has been so impressive and destructive in his performances that many of the big names have or will be steered clear of him by their management.

Lets think about it...realistically will a Canelo fight happen any time soon? How about Cotto? No, they will steer towards each other for a big money fight probably in 2015 and afterward still probably avoid GGG. I can't blame them, this is prizefighting and its very smart business. I'd be doing the same thing. I really don't see either of them ever getting in the ring with Golovkin as they can make plenty of money fighting others less dangerous.

How about Quillin? The answer is probably no as Quillin is aligned with Haymon and Golovkin HBO. HBO does not want to do business with Haymon and nothing recently has changed their stance. So that also takes out Jacobs.

How about Chavez Jr.? Well, he had the opportunity and turned it down for a variety of reasons. It sounds like Chavez is also headed toward a date with Froch later this year though of course that fight is not signed and a lot could still change.

Andre Ward is in litigation with his promoter and who knows when that will be settled. My guess is it will be awhile and Ward will need some sort of tune up fight first before stepping in the ring with Golovkin. But I do think Ward would step to the plate it just won't happen anytime soon.

Geale is really the best available opponent at Middleweight for Golovkin at the moment.

After Geale, Golovkin's options at Middleweight will be severely limited. He could I guess go for Martin Murray or even possible the winner of the Korobov-Uzcategui fight (I think one reason HBO is televising this is to attempt to generate an opponent for GGG).

I wouldn't be surprised either to see Golovkin go to 168 and try to lure Mikkel Kessler into a fight. Kessler is going to fight again but he will also have other options other than Golovkin.

Edwin Rodriguez may be an option as well. HBO owes him another fight per the Andre Ward contract and this would kind of kill tow birds with one stone. Rodriguez though is advised by Al Haymon and Haymon may not agree to this and want his charge in with more of a showcase fight.

Golovkin is really in an odd position as his skill level and massive punching power along with the Haymon/HBO feud have really limited the potential world class opponents available to him at the moment. Eventually, he is going to force himself into a big fight but that's probably still a bit down the road from happening.

thegreyman says:

Nice post Oubob.

I think GGG's position in the middleweights is somewhat similar to Kovalev's at light heavy. Both non-US fighters, who may not guarantee that much of a PPV pull on their own, and thus are not big money fights.
This makes fighters such as Golovkin high risk, relatively low reward, when compared to domestic draws such as Cotto. If you fight Golovkin you simply wont get paid much, and you run the risk of destroying your career by getting emphatically knocked out. He'll struggle to secure big opponents for a while yet, though his Geale fight at MSG is certainly the beginning of his emergence to popular stardom.

The Shadow says:

Plenty of guys want to fight this guy. Don't believe the Loeffler hype.

I can rattle off five doable fights with guys that eagerly want to fight him without even thinking too hard about it. Jeez, power's a helluva drug.

And when you have public opinion on your side, you can do no wrong. And vice versa.

deepwater2 says:

Plenty of guys want to fight this guy. Don't believe the Loeffler hype.

I can rattle off five doable fights with guys that eagerly want to fight him without even thinking too hard about it. Jeez, power's a helluva drug.

And when you have public opinion on your side, you can do no wrong. And vice versa.


I would like to hear the 5 guys that realistically want to fight GGG.
Chavez Jr already pulled out for whatever reason .
Quillen already said it doesn't make business sense to fight GGG.
Cotto/Canelo/Mayweather are too light and not even thinking about it because they have many other options.

The Shadow says:

I would like to hear the 5 guys that realistically want to fight GGG.
Chavez Jr already pulled out for whatever reason .
Quillen already said it doesn't make business sense to fight GGG.
Cotto/Canelo/Mayweather are too light and not even thinking about it because they have many other options.


You're right about those three.

1) Andre Dirrell
2) Andre Ward
3) Sergio Mora
4) Peter Quillin (he's unequivocally said he would fight him, and he would -- HBO said no.)
5) Carl Froch
6) Mikkel Kessler
7) Erislandy Lara
8) Anthony Mundine (meh)
9) Sam Soliman
10) Daniel Geale

These guys have gone on the record stating this, emphatically. There are tons more off the record.

Beyond that, Chavez wants it (w/o futures). Then you have a ton of lesser guys begging for it also like Garth Wood.

The Shadow says:

For the record, with the exception of Mundine and obviously Geale since they have signed to fight after Geale called him out, all of those fights to me are higher profile fights than the guys he's been fighting.

Ward's litigation excuse is a weak-a$$ cop out. Just keep it real. He has no reason to fight him; he's on the cusp of PPV with either Froch or Chavez. He doesn't need Ward. But don't go saying (Tom!) no one will fight him. Because there are plenty who will.

thegreyman says:

You're right about those three.

1) Andre Dirrell
2) Andre Ward
3) Sergio Mora
4) Peter Quillin (he's unequivocally said he would fight him, and he would -- HBO said no.)
5) Carl Froch
6) Mikkel Kessler
7) Erislandy Lara
8) Anthony Mundine (meh)
9) Sam Soliman
10) Daniel Geale

These guys have gone on the record stating this, emphatically. There are tons more off the record.

Beyond that, Chavez wants it (w/o futures). Then you have a ton of lesser guys begging for it also like Garth Wood.

Loeffler is full of it.


Froch and Lara stand out a little to me there...

Not sure about the other guys' intentions, are you sure Froch and Lara are chasing Golovkin?

The Shadow says:

Froch and Lara stand out a little to me there...

Not sure about the other guys' intentions, are you sure Froch and Lara are chasing Golovkin?


Heck yeah! Although I think Lara is being histrionic with it, he does want to fight him.

He has no trepidation about it, zero, none. In fact, he lusts for it almost. Lara truly thinks he spanks him around with such ease that Golovkin may take up another sport.

But he landed Canelo so he's worried about him for now. Froch wants it too.

Keep in mind, fans see power and think it puts fear in guys' hearts. World class boxers are not worried about power at all. It's just one dimension of a total package.

Remember when Randall Bailey was IBF champ. EVERYONE wanted a piece of him. Because they know he has nothing besides that. And he's the hardest puncher pound for pound, in my estimation, by a considerable margin.

The Shadow says:

And shortly after both Lara and his manager went on the record with it, Loeffler dragged out one of his many, excuse my language, b*tch a** excuses -- his most favorite proclivity -- to try to kill any buzz for that fight, knowing full well that his client may not look as destructive against a Cuban slickster (I really can't blame him for that either; gotta protect that investment. It's just annoying people eat it up) and said:

"He [Lara] is not approved by HBO and never on our radar, he should be calling out Quillin, if he wins, he becomes interesting," Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions said. "Lara fights on Showtime and had draws with Vanes and Molina, GGG vs Stevens=high ratings, who watches Lara? Lara fights on Showtime and is Jr Middle, why would he be on our radar?"

Well, Tom, you freakin' deceiver, for one because you claim your fighter will fight ANYONE from 154-168, and two, you always maintain you have such a hard time landing fights.

Why the heck not? It took a so-called hype job, who's 10x the draw, who was advised not to and never needed to, to fight a guy in a similar position as your horse!

Best fighting the best? Well they need to take some notes from Canelo! And stop manipulating the public. Bbt then again, that's the public's fault at the end of the day...

The Shadow says:

Oh! Add Bernard Hopkins to that list also! He's been "calling him out" since before he beat Tavoris Cloud.

brownsugar says:

Good list Shadow.

It would seem that the middleweight division would be the most populated division in all of boxing. I bet at least 50% of the people on this forum alone weighed 160 lbs at one point in their lives.

What with all the alphabet sanctioning bodies (comprised of least 4 champs each not including the champions Emeritus, platinum, gold, silver, jade, bronze, diamond, and copper, and super champs etc) there should be no end to the fighters lining up to earn a decent payday with GGG and K2 promotions.

But in truth .... Most of the challenges that await GGG are currently on a paltry list at best.

Felix Sturm just lost and has never really been a fighter prone to leave his comfort zone.

N'Dam N'Jkim was floored at least five times defending against Quillin...and while having excellent mobility his low punch resistance is a definite liability against someone with GGG's power.

Sam Soliman, Martin Murray, and Marco Rubio are veteran mercenaries would fight if the price is right but neither have the skills to avoid the inevitable stoppage.

David Lemieu the hard hitting Canadian has just been refurbished and rebuilt to deliver maximum concussive power since his Ko loss to Rubio. David is Canada's equivalent to Steven Curtis and could possibly make things interesting until GGG timed his limited arsenal.

Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin are on a collision course to embark on their own private war which makes either one unavailable for at least 8-12 months.

Dimitri Pirog has been injured and avoided for so long we should probably petition Interpol to add his face to a cardboard lactose free milk carton.

Matt Korobov ...another eastern bloc protoge still has training wheels on and is following a strict path to the title by his management.

Caleb Truax and Khoren Gevor aren't anywhere near being ready for the challenge.

Miguel Cotto will only be available for a limited time and only for the likes of fellow high profile main stream talent ....preferably from smaller weight classes like Timothy Bradley ( yes its being discussed)

Froch is waiting on Chavez Junior.

But I hear Sakio Bike will fight him any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Personally I'd love to see it.

But coach Able says GGG will stay until he's cleaned out the division and moving up becomes part of the natural progression of his career.

GGG may only weight 160 lbs and stand about 5'10".
But his reputation is the proportional size of Godzilla.

Unfortunately he's too good for his own good.
But eventually he will become the focal point of the entire division.

When the sanctioning body tried to schedule a mandatory with someone they dredged up down under named Jarrod Fletcher. Able said GGG told him he couldn't find the motivation to even start camp against a fighter of that calibur.

I saw a video where GGG said he wanted epic, legendary fights where he gets challenged and has to dig down deep to win. GGG said he feeds off challenges like going into bouts that he isn't favored to win.

Its rare to hear a fighter say that... Then again, They don't get any more rare than GGG.

SeanB says:

Shadow I agree with you about not listening I the Loefler BS, but where did you come up with this list?

Andre Dirrell, is he still fighting?
Andre Ward - nobody is going to get in the ring with him. He's a ridiculously good boxer. But he over values himself as far as drawing fans and he refuses to change weights while calling people out to change weight to fight him.
Sergio Mora - the guy lost to Bryan Vera twice and only said he'd fight GGG if he got what Chavez Jr was offered and he isn't going to get that money.
Peter Quillin - he's been calling out everybody. His team won't put him in the ring with big names.
Carl Froch - I quote "we'll avoid him like the plague"
Mikkel Kessler - Loefler wanted this fight but Kessler was considering retiring.
Lara - would fight anybody and put up a fight.
Mundine - lost his last fight to Clottey
Soliman - just called out GGG three weeks ago
Geale - they fight next month

The real question is if Lara beats Canelo, does Cotto fight GGG in December? Assuming GGG wins.

The Shadow says:

Shadow I agree with you about not listening I the Loefler BS, but where did you come up with this list?

Andre Dirrell, is he still fighting?
Andre Ward - nobody is going to get in the ring with him. He's a ridiculously good boxer. But he over values himself as far as drawing fans and he refuses to change weights while calling people out to change weight to fight him.
Sergio Mora - the guy lost to Bryan Vera twice and only said he'd fight GGG if he got what Chavez Jr was offered and he isn't going to get that money.
Peter Quillin - he's been calling out everybody. His team won't put him in the ring with big names.
Carl Froch - I quote "we'll avoid him like the plague"
Mikkel Kessler - Loefler wanted this fight but Kessler was considering retiring.
Lara - would fight anybody and put up a fight.
Mundine - lost his last fight to Clottey
Soliman - just called out GGG three weeks ago
Geale - they fight next month

The real question is if Lara beats Canelo, does Cotto fight GGG in December? Assuming GGG wins.


These are guys who have said lately they would fight him and have been vocal about it.

I saw and heard the words coming out of Kessler's mouth. Dirrell's. (He told EM, in fact.) Ward's. Mora just came off a good showing. Froch's promoter has looked into it...

Ah, lol, no need for me to explain each one. You know how I get down, if I put together the list then you know it's all out there.

And hell no, Cotto ain't fighting him. He better go straight to Canelo and Floyd if he knows what's good for him. His fan base is shrinking.

thegreyman says:

These are guys who have said lately they would fight him and have been vocal about it.

I saw and heard the words coming out of Kessler's mouth. Dirrell's. (He told EM, in fact.) Ward's. Mora just came off a good showing. Froch's promoter has looked into it...

Ah, lol, no need for me to explain each one. You know how I get down, if I put together the list then you know it's all out there.

And hell no, Cotto ain't fighting him. He better go straight to Canelo and Floyd if he knows what's good for him. His fan base is shrinking.


Beware of what fighters say and what they mean...

I don't think Froch, and a lot of those other guys you mentioned, would sign the contract if it were in front of them now. Golovkin will have to make himself a bigger payout to attract some of these guys, otherwise he remains high risk, low reward. Nevertheless, I think many of these fights will be made sooner or later, and I fancy Golovkin in every single one. He's the truth at 160.

I struggle to wrap my head around the idea of Cotto's fan base shrinking. He just emphatically defeated, in great style, one of the great middleweights of our time. He did it in style too. I personally believe that Martinez' injury played a massive part in that fight, but we wont get into that argument again... Cotto stopped Martinez, and for that he won the praise of the boxing world. In doing so he became 4 division champ, a major accomplishment to any fighter, and a first for one from Puerto Rico. He's a hero at home, a role model abroad, and a fan favourite for his style and personality. He put himself firmly back on the map with that win, and now fans are calling for him to face Mayweather, Canelo or some other big name middleweight, with the belief that he could get the better of them too.

I can't see how his fan base has done anything other than rapidly expand recently- who dislikes Cotto? I see him as having secured a place in the HoF for definite now.

He's become a PPV attraction in his own right, and his next fight will be a an even bigger draw than Martinez. Let's not forget the wealth of native fans he has in New York too.

The Shadow says:

Beware of what fighters say and what they mean...

I don't think Froch, and a lot of those other guys you mentioned, would sign the contract if it were in front of them now. Golovkin will have to make himself a bigger payout to attract some of these guys, otherwise he remains high risk, low reward. Nevertheless, I think many of these fights will be made sooner or later, and I fancy Golovkin in every single one. He's the truth at 160.

I struggle to wrap my head around the idea of Cotto's fan base shrinking. He just emphatically defeated, in great style, one of the great middleweights of our time. He did it in style too. I personally believe that Martinez' injury played a massive part in that fight, but we wont get into that argument again... Cotto stopped Martinez, and for that he won the praise of the boxing world. In doing so he became 4 division champ, a major accomplishment to any fighter, and a first for one from Puerto Rico. He's a hero at home, a role model abroad, and a fan favourite for his style and personality. He put himself firmly back on the map with that win, and now fans are calling for him to face Mayweather, Canelo or some other big name middleweight, with the belief that he could get the better of them too.

I can't see how his fan base has done anything other than rapidly expand recently- who dislikes Cotto? I see him as having secured a place in the HoF for definite now.

He's become a PPV attraction in his own right, and his next fight will be a an even bigger draw than Martinez. Let's not forget the wealth of native fans he has in New York too.


I'm talking from a PPV standpoint. And it's the truth. Which kind of shocked me because I would think his star was shining brighter than ever. And all the things you say about him are true. But be careful not to mix local interest with national PPV appeal.

He has not become a PPV attraction. He's been one for years. And he's fading as one now, surprisingly. In fact, he's been surpassed by Canelo Alvarez and arguably Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.

Cotto drew 600,000 vs. Margarito, solidifying his position as the No. 3 PPV draw behind the two mammoths Mayweather and Pacquiao. This position was sustained with his blockbuster vs. Mayweather that did 1.5m buys.

He also drew a solid 400,000, if I recall correctly, versus Shane Mosley, a good number in its own right, while pulling 450K in the first Margarito bout.

Martinez-Chavez drew 475,000 PPV subscriptions, which is why the promotion projected over 500,000 buys for Cotto-Martinez. Seeing as Maravilla had been introduced to the PPV audience, they expected the numbers to surpass Martinez' PPV debut.

Yet it only did 300,000. By comparison, two guys coming off a loss in Angulo and Canelo pulled 350K+ buyers.

This talk of Cotto vs. Bradley will be hard to make as both will expect PPV pay checks. But that fight doesn't outperform Cotto-Martinez.

That aside, seeing as the Mexicans are still the most loyal market, plus the whole Mexico-PR rivalry, Cotto can put up good numbers vs. Canelo. Same vs. Mayweather.

Which is why he should just head straight to those two right away, cash his $25m in those two fights, maybe scale down his career on premium cable with another $5m and call it a day.

SeanB says:

And hell no, Cotto ain't fighting him. He better go straight to Canelo and Floyd if he knows what's good for him. His fan base is shrinking.

That works if Canelo beats Lara. But if Canelo loses that fight doesn't have the same draw. Arum and Roach have already said they want Cotto to fight in December. So they're going to miss the Floyd fight in September and possibly the cinco de mayo floyd fight as well. Roach already said Lara brings nothing to the table even if he beats Canelo. So that leaves Cotto with GGG it Quillin at 160. Unless he's going back down for Bradley which is ehhh.

thegreyman says:

I'm talking from a PPV standpoint. And it's the truth. Which kind of shocked me because I would think his star was shining brighter than ever. And all the things you say about him are true. But be careful not to mix local interest with national PPV appeal.

He has not become a PPV attraction. He's been one for years. And he's fading as one now, surprisingly. In fact, he's been surpassed by Canelo Alvarez and arguably Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.

Cotto drew 600,000 vs. Margarito, solidifying his position as the No. 3 PPV draw behind the two mammoths Mayweather and Pacquiao. This position was sustained with his blockbuster vs. Mayweather that did 1.5m buys.

He also drew a solid 400,000, if I recall correctly, versus Shane Mosley, a good number in its own right, while pulling 450K in the first Margarito bout.

Martinez-Chavez drew 475,000 PPV subscriptions, which is why the promotion projected over 500,000 buys for Cotto-Martinez. Seeing as Maravilla had been introduced to the PPV audience, they expected the numbers to surpass Martinez' PPV debut.

Yet it only did 300,000. By comparison, two guys coming off a loss in Angulo and Canelo pulled 350K+ buyers.

This talk of Cotto vs. Bradley will be hard to make as both will expect PPV pay checks. But that fight doesn't outperform Cotto-Martinez.

That aside, seeing as the Mexicans are still the most loyal market, plus the whole Mexico-PR rivalry, Cotto can put up good numbers vs. Canelo. Same vs. Mayweather.

Which is why he should just head straight to those two right away, cash his $25m in those two fights, maybe scale down his career on premium cable with another $5m and call it a day.


I'd beware of basing the size of a fanbase on PPV buys. Those are some interesting numbers, but that's all they are. Remember the PPV market has been very saturated lately. Boxing fans would probably rather watch a re-run than pay umpteen times a year (and quite a lot of money every time) to see their favourite fighters live. I'm sure Cotto's fanbase must have grown rather than shrunk after that last fight, his performance wasn't THAT bad after all!

amayseng says:

OF course these fighters are gonna say they would fight GGG.

What do you expect them to decline when asked?


I think Froch would fight him, he is narcissistic enough to take the fight.

Lara has been talking up a storm which he had to do to get Canelo. He would prob take it.

Mora is a bore.

Dirrel, wait, where the hell is Dirrel? he hasnt fought in years, no?


Cotto dont want none, neither does Floyd or Canelo.


Ward is stuck in court and losing fans by the day unfortunately.


I have said it before and I say it again, Ward is the only guy who would be 50/50 to beat GGG at a healthy and fair weight. No one else stands a chance.

Skibbz says:

Oh yeah Froch would fight him, after his to vindictive wins if they put the devil in front of him he would scrap it out. He's riding a real mental high right now and it'll take getting in the ring with Gennady to wake him up.

If Andre Ward aka Mr Inactivity doesn't fight in 2014, then good luck to him. A fighter is like any other machine, when it's not working it will rust, and Ward is rusting by the day in court and elsewhere.

When Golovkin moves up, he will make a bee line for Ward and if Ward can't bring the numbers or crowd he will be the B side, and then get a further beating when Golovkin get's his hands on him in the ring. Ward's chin is questionable and Golovkin's power is not. Both are highly talented and but one guy is fighting and the other is not. There are no excuses for sitting on the sideline, a court battle doesn't (and shouldn't) consume 100% of your time - there are professionals who's job it is to allow you to get on with your life whilst they fight your court battles for you..

He's making a mistake of all this business with Goossen too in my mind, the man has done a lot for him and should he have kept active he would have been getting the 7-8 figures he believes he's entitled too.. When you're out of sight you're out of mind. We've gone through half of 2014 and we've seen nothing of Ward bar a few commentaries on the box...

The more and more this situation goes on, the more I read about what Ward says and his feelings of entitlement.. The more I believe him to be an egomaniac. His SOG doesn't do much to help.. After he oils his gears in the gym and get's himself back up to scratch, and he enters the ring to work off the rust it will be in a tune up fight. Then he will have to get a big name on board and who knows how long that will take.

The Shadow says:

I'd beware of basing the size of a fanbase on PPV buys. Those are some interesting numbers, but that's all they are. Remember the PPV market has been very saturated lately. Boxing fans would probably rather watch a re-run than pay umpteen times a year (and quite a lot of money every time) to see their favourite fighters live. I'm sure Cotto's fanbase must have grown rather than shrunk after that last fight, his performance wasn't THAT bad after all!


Nope. That's how it works, man. Numbers don't lie.

He may have many casual fans but at the end of the day that doesn't matter. It's about who BUY. That said, I do think he will see a surge coming off his impressive outing.

That said, performance doesn't equate to commercial viability. Look no further than Goduillermo Rigodeaux and Mike Tyson.

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