A proposed move up to 168lbs for middleweight king Gennady Golovkin may not materialize after all as potential opponent Thomas Oosthuizen’s manager Rodney Berman recently told WBN that negotiations have hit a snag.
Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, 30, holds two world titles at 160lbs, cementing his position recently with a fifth round stoppage win over EBU belt holder Grzegorz Proksa, and sounded out IBO champion Oosthiuzen as a port of call for his first move up to the weight divisions.
Golden Gloves boss Berman says that things are far from complete for a January bout though, and is holding negotiations with other possible suitors for what would be the South African’s seventh world title defence.
“The bout is still under negotiation,” Berman told World Boxing News. “It will be great for the game if it is finalised. From Oosthuizen's point of view, he would have no problem taking the fight and would welcome beating Golovkin.
“Tommy knows his chance to prove his incredible talent (against the best) will be coming soon, be it against Golovkin or another fighter.
“I think at the moment, the election and floods are delaying matters, but if the fight doesn’t happen, I have other plans in place for Tommy anyway.”
24 year-old Oosthiuzen has an impending title defence against Fulgencio Zuniga to deal with before Golovkin can even be contemplated and needs to impress on Saturday night in Gauteng to keep big fight dreams alive.
I'm hoping the fight won't happen, because it's not in the best interests of either fighter. GGG should fight a middleweight like Macklin, Lee or Quillan on HBO Jan 19, and Tommy should fight a super-middleweight contender like one of the Dirrell brothers or Bika.