K2 Promotions CEO Tom Loeffler was hoping to match WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) against former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next, but the fight didn’t happen because of Chavez Jr deciding he didn’t like the contract language that his promoters at Top Rank was offering him for the fight. As such, Golovkin will be fighting the next biggest name for him in former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) on July 26h at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Geale fight was the next biggest thing for Golovkin to take because there really wasn’t anyone interesting due to the division having thinned out recently with guys moving up in weight, and many of the top starts getting beaten.
“We feel he’s [Golovkin] to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in what would have been an HBO pay-per-view event at The Forum, which holds 18,000, this month,” Loeffler said via RingTV. “Chavez and his management opted to go a different route, so we set out to find a credible opponent to make for as big event as we could make. Daniel Geale was clearly the biggest name, who isn’t a current champion, to step up when the Chavez fight fell out.”
Geale means more to fans from Europe than he does now in the U.S because he’s not a hot commodity due to him having fought only twice in America in the last. But Golovkin is willing to settle for fighting a guy who is known mainly in Europe because at least he’s well known in one country. Unfortunately for Golovkin, there are a lot of little known guys rankes in the top 15, and he’s not going to get much attention by fighting these guys.
Loeffler is hoping that the Golovkin-Geale fight will be able to sell out Madison Square Garden. It’s not likely that’ll happen because Golovkin isn’t a popular fighter to where he can fill out stadiums in the U.S.