Fresh off of his crowd-pleasing 3rd round stoppage win over Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will be getting back into the ring quickly in either October or November. He wasn’t hit that much in his fight against Geale, so it makes things easier for Golovkin to return to the action at a faster pace than he usually does.
What could slow it down is his promoters at K2 having to try and find an exciting opponent for Golovkin to fight. Getting the big names to fight the Kazakhstan star is like pulling teeth and next to impossible. But if Golovkin can get one of the top stars to fight him, it’ll help take him to the next level where he’s trying to get in order to prove himself to boxing fans around the world.
Golovkin was given a contract extension by HBO of 4 fights with all of them being televised. The new contract is going to give Golovkin a lot more visibility than the previous one he had with HBO, as he was only seen half of the time in the last year due to HBO not picking up two of his fights for various reasons. Golovkin’s popularity is increasing at a rate where he’s going to be soon up there with the biggest stars of the sport such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.
Golovkin needs more time and one or two well-known fighters for him to beat in order to get him to where the big stars are at. There lies the problem. There’s a very good chance that Golovkin won’t be able to get the top 154 and 160 pound stars to fight him. He may in fact have to move up to 168 to fight the likes of Carl Froch and Andre Ward for him to get the big fight that he wants.
You can’t even say that a Froch fight is a realistic option for Golovkin, because his promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t want to match Froch against Golovkin because he doesn’t see it as a big enough fight in order to put together.