Dan Rafael: Genndy Golovkin
August, 8, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesMiddleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, right, could make his next defense on the West Coast.
Although middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin’s overwhelming third-round knockout of former titleholder Daniel Geale was only two weeks ago, plans are already in motion for GGG’s ring return.
Golovkin will make his 12th title defense in the fall (and, undoubtedly, will be eyeing his 18th consecutive knockout). K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler told ESPN.com that HBO is holding a date for Golovkin in October and November, although the Golovkin team prefers to go in October.
Loeffler said he hopes to have the date squared away in the next week or so.
“We are just working on which opponents are available and willing to get in the ring with GGG,” Loeffler said.
That has been a problem for quite some time because few have wanted to face boxing’s most devastating knockout artist. Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will not be facing world champion Miguel Cotto, who will have his own Dec. 13 date. Golovkin and Loeffler mentioned the possibility of a unification fight with Australia’s Sam Soliman at the news conference following the Geale bout.
The location of Golovkin’s next bout probably will be on the West Coast. All five of the fights that the Kazakhstan native has had so far in the United States have been in the Northeast: three in New York City, one in upstate New York and one in Connecticut.
Loeffler, who is from Los Angeles, is looking to bring Golovkin to a new market.
“We are exploring options in L.A.,” he said. “Our plan has always been to have a GGG fight on the West Coast because he trains in Big Bear [California] and to compliment the fan base he has built up on the East Coast.”