Golovkin-Ishida card heads to PPV
February, 26, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Martin MeissnerGennady Golovkin's middleweight title defense from Monte Carlo will be available in the U.S. on PPV.The good-looking fight card on March 30 in Monte Carlo -- headlined by middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin -- will be available on American pay-per-view.
Unable to work out a deal with a U.S. network, the promoters announced Monday they have struck a deal for the card to be distributed by Integrated Sports as a $24.95 pay-per-view that will air live at 3 p.m. ET on cable and satellite services.
Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs), taking a stay-busy fight between HBO appearances, will be making his seventh title defense when he faces former title challenger Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9KOs).
Also on the card will be top American super middleweight prospect Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) against Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13 KOs) and former light heavyweight titlist Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) against Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KOs).
The Rodriguez-Maderna and Erdei-Grachev winners are due to square off at a maximum weight of 171½ pounds (which is between the 168-pound super middleweight limit and the 175-pound light heavyweight limit) on July 13, also in Monte Carlo, in the final of the "Monaco Million Dollar Super 4." The overall winner will get $600,000 with the runner-up getting $400,000. The final is being put on as part of the celebration of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. He's a huge boxing fan and his grandson is involved in the event.
Also on the card, European junior middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko (22-0, 16 KOs) of Belarus will face off against Italy's Adriano Nicchi (20-3-2, 9 KOs).