Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Golovkin wants Chavez or Martinez
By Dan Rafael
Gennady Golovkin, who broke down Grzegorz Proksa in his U.S. debut Saturday, is now seeking out the top 160-pounders.
Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, who was so impressive on Saturday night when he scored three knockdowns and blew away European champion Grzegorz Proksa in the fifth round of his American and HBO debut, has dreams of facing the winner of the fight between lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Martinez and Chavez square off Sept. 15 (HBO PPV) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in one of the year's biggest fights. So Golovkin will be an interested viewer, even though his chances of getting a fight with Chavez are remote, at best, if Chavez wins. A fight with Martinez figures to be easier to make, but it's certainly no guarantee.
After Golovkin's recent performance, nobody in the 160-pound division will be rushing to fight him. Golovkin also said he is willing to fight anyone at junior middleweight or super middleweight.
But his focus is on the middleweight division, where he happens to be the mandatory challenger for so-called "super" unified titleholder Daniel Geale. Golovkin gave his take on the Martinez-Chavez showdown:
"For the fight on Sept. 15 between Chavez Jr. and Martinez, I think it's a 50-50 fight," Golovkin said. "Sergio has better skills, but Chavez Jr. is younger and seems to be getting stronger with each fight. I look forward to viewing the Chavez Jr.-Martinez fight."