If the majority of predictors are correct, and WBA middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin (27-0 with 24 KOs) gets the better of Curtis Stevens (25-3 with 18 KOs) Saturday night at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, especially in conclusive and violent fashion, the demand to know when fight fans can see him in action next will be immediate.
So, to get a head start, I asked K2 director Tom Loeffler the near future plans for his guy Golovkin, the 31-year-old Kazhkstan native, should he down the Brooklyner Stevens. "We're focused on this fight, but we do want to stay active," he told me. "We're projected, if he wins, to fight next in February." That bout wouldn't take place in the NY area, or even in the US, he said, but would unfold overseas. Loeffler wants to keep on currying his fanbase outside the States, he said.
We could surmise that after that February bout, some sort of consolidation bout might be sought. Sergio Martinez holds the WBC 160 belt, but his crew seems intent on making a faceoff with Miguel Cotto. Darren Barker, a Brit, owns the IBF strap. We don't see an impediment to making a Golovkin-Barker bout from a political standpoint, as the HBO-affiliated Golovkin will be looking outside the Golden Boy-associated sphere of combatants for dance partners, and Barker isn't signed to Golden Boy.
But Barker first has to retain his belt, up for grabs against ex champ Felix Sturm on Dec. 7, so that situation is too fluid to get a handle on. A move to 168 pounds, and a tangle with the holder of the IBF and WBA super middle crowns, Carl Froch of England, has been rumored for Golovkin. Froch first needs to put down George Groves' challenge on Nov. 23, which seems a good bet from my vantage point. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the money honey in this region, whether he fights at 160 or higher. I'm pretty sure Golovkin wouldn't turn down a fight with that Top Rank boxer, who gets featured on HBO.
Readers, let's not get ahead of ourselves ... Oh hell, let's. If Golovkin beats Stevens, what would you like to see him do in the first quarter or half of 2014? Weigh in!
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