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 Last update:  3/26/2014       Read more by Ryan Maquinana         
   
Golovkin Targeting Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto Winner
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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 rmaquinana@gmail.com, check out his blog at Norcalboxing.com or follow him on Twitter @RMaq28.

Tags: Sergio Martinez , Miguel Cotto , Gennady Golovkin , Cotto-Martinez , Cotto vs. Martinez


 

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comment by Dirk Diggler UK, on 03-28-2014
[QUOTE=Light_Speed] "It's unfair to ask GGG to move up until he's on par with Andre" 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. It's not logical to fight the champ at 168 before you get the chance to fig...

comment by Light_Speed, on 03-28-2014
[QUOTE=rey guey]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 a contract with showtime and canelo with gbp and therefore on showtim...

comment by Slowhand, on 03-28-2014
I just don´t understand all the crying and b*tching about this fight. It´s a decent match up for both, good money and GGG gets a taste of fighting a huge SMW so he can make decisions on moving up permanently or staying at 160. Size does matter, like it or not. So please just shut up and enjoy the...

comment by HeroBando, on 03-27-2014
[QUOTE=MamaHuevo]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 check and say that you don't want to get paid because you want to be the best at your j...

comment by Koba-Grozny, on 03-27-2014
[QUOTE=Fetta]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 think JCC jr will win, I agree it'll be a tough fight. With regards to...

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