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Golovkin Targeting Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto Winner

By Ryan Maquiñana

Middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin is close to a deal that would pit him against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on July 12.  Tom Loeffler, who represents Golovkin’s promoter K2, previously stated on BoxingScene.com that such a bout would take place at 168 pounds and would be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.

However, don’t call it a campaign. While Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) would be ascending eight pounds north of the 160-pound middleweight limit to face Chavez, Loeffler told BoxingScene.com on Wednesday that even in the event of a blowout victory, such a move would be temporary.

“We don’t expect a blowout (win over Chavez), but he’s going to 168 (pounds) only for this fight,” Loeffler said. “The weight -- those were the terms from the Chavez side, but (Gennady) still has a lot to prove in the middleweight division.”

Despite a string of impressive outings and a 16-bout knockout streak, Golovkin cannot lay claim to the true middleweight championship of the world. That title belongs to Argentina’s Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs).

“I know Sergio Martinez is the lineal champion, but we want to prove Gennady is the best middleweight champion, and the only way to do that is by getting him in the ring.”

While Golovkin is occupied with Chavez, Martinez will meet Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) on June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Loeffler left no doubt on who he would like to see Golovkin tangle with in the fall.

“I think the (Martinez-Cotto) winner is everyone’s target,” Loeffler said. “What more can you say about Miguel Cotto going back to Madison Square Garden and Sergio Martinez, the middleweight champion?

“That’s a tremendous fight. Two great warriors. Great style matchup. Whoever wins that fight, if Gennady comes out successful in July with Chavez, I think that would be a tremendous fight to make.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine's Ratings Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.com or follow him on Twitter @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 03-28-2014

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;14371476] "It's unfair to ask GGG to move up [B]until he's on par with Andre[/B]" meaning until he has established himself as a top P4P fighter by cleaning out his division. The Chavez Jr fight is a temporary move up.…

Comment by Light_Speed on 03-28-2014

[QUOTE=rey guey;14367844]don't you people realize martinez has a two fight deal with hbo. cotto is one of those fights and martinez still has one fight left on his contract. maybe you all forgot but mayweather is with haymon and has…

Comment by HeroBando on 03-27-2014

[QUOTE=MamaHuevo;14369511]So let me ask you why isn't GGG fighting some of the top 10 middleweights. Oh because a Chavez fight will get him paid. I doubt you work ass for 40hrs and when paid day comes you give back the…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 03-27-2014

[QUOTE=Fetta;14369440]The "Future" will be next for the winner. GGG will then see whats it feels like to be ignored just because your not as popular.[/QUOTE] I'm not quite sure I understand your point - if you are saying that you…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 03-27-2014

[QUOTE=MamaHuevo;14369484]Yes the way his fans make him out to be this unstoppable beast yes I do expect him to move up and fight the best 168 in the world. It should be a cake walk right? And if he beat…

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