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Drozd Surprised That Pirog Turned Down a Golovkin Bout

By Roman Grishin

Russian cruiserweight Gregory Drozd is surprised that WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog is not interested in fighting Gennady Golovkin, the WBA's "regular" champion at 160-pounds. Drozd, a rising cruiserweight, is good friends with both fighters. He knows Pirog well, due to their Russian roots, and he was stablemates with Golovkin when both boxers were promoted by Universum.  

Pirog's handlers believe a fight with Golovkin is not the right move at the moment, because neither of them is well known in the United States, and the networks like HBO and Showtime are not interested in televising their bout.

"I know Dmitry very well. Of course, the situation that developed with him [not being able to secure big fights] is sad and strange. I would like it very much if he were to face the best boxers - like Felix Sturm or Sergio Martinez. However, he did not want to fight with Gennady Golovkin, whi I'm also on good terms with. We were stablemates under Universum. Gennady is a great guy, and so is Dmitry. So, in truth, I would not be very happy to see them beat each other up," Drozd said.

Roman Grishin covers boxing for Sportbox.ru.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DoktorSleepless on 02-15-2012

Middleweight division is awful. Nobody is fighting each other. Even Chavez is fighting better competition than the other contenders.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-15-2012

[QUOTE=BritishBoxing92;11781805]would be better off if they have just 2 belts per division, [/QUOTE] Actually it would be best if we only had 1 belt per division. How about that?

Comment by mathed on 02-14-2012

[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;11780023]Golovkin was supposed to be the main undercard bout in front of 40,000 people for Klychko vs Mormeck before Volodymyr got injured and the fight delayed. He didn't want to postpone his bout so they had it wherever they could…

Comment by HeroBando on 02-14-2012

[QUOTE=BritishBoxing92;11781527]didnt pirog say he wanted a big fight or he would consider retirement? well an opportunity just presented itself and he turned it down? :dunno: felix sturm is a paper champion as well someone please knock him out of the…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 02-14-2012

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11780771]I don't know why you anti-Pirog people (mostly martinez dick riders) are trippin. Word is Pirog vs N'Jikam is next, which is a solid fight. Now if Pirog had no fight lined up and turned down Golovkin, ok then maybe…

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