By Miguel Rivera
IBF, IBO, WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is open to the idea of heading up to the super middleweight division if the right fight comes along.
Golovkin was in action back in September, when he fought to a controversial twelve round split draw with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A rematch is being discussed for Cinco De Mayo weekend, May 5th.
"I feel comfortable in 160 but if there is a big fight at 168, then I would would go up," Golovkin told ESPN Deportes.
There are several options at the super middleweight limit - and most of them can be found in the UK.
Three of the top names are currently involved in the World Boxing Super Series tournament. In the semi-finals, Chris Eubank and George Groves will battle in a WBA/IBO unification and WBC mandatory Callum Smith will battle with Juergen Braehmer.
Then there is IBF champion James DeGale, also of the UK.
The other two champions compete in the United States - WBC beltholder David Benavidez and WBO king Gilberto Ramirez.
There have been discussions for a potential Golovkin vs. Ramirez bout for some point in the future. Back then both boxers were under the HBO network umbrella. Ramirez is now fighting on ESPN televised cards as part of the network's exclusive deal with Top Rank, who promote the Mexican champion.
At 35 years old, there are some observers who believe Golovkin is slowing down. After stopping 23 opponents in a row, he's gone the twelve round distance in his last two fights. And he's also looked vulnerable in several recent fights.
Golovkin has no intention of retiring anytime soon. He wants to fight for at least another three to five years. The hard puncher cautions that anything can happen in boxing, and one punch can change your entire future.
"I would love to fight for many years, three or five, but sometimes a punch can change your life.. maybe in the next fight everything changes," Golovkin said.