By Luis Sandoval
WBA Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is less than 2 weeks away from headlining his first fight at Madison Square Garden in New York when he takes on what most people consider his biggest challenge in Daniel Geale.
With Golovkinís fight looming, Super Middleweight kingpin Andre Ward said in a recent interview that he feels Golovkin is ducking him as a fight between both fighters has often been discussed but has not come close to becoming a reality.
When BoxingScene spoke to Golovkin at his media day in Los Angeles, he was asked what his reaction was to Wardís claim.
ďItís a little different situation. My story is my story and Andreís story is Andreís story. In the future I hope [to fight him]. [Ward and Chavez] are not [of] interest to me as right now Iím focused on my fight. Right now my focus is 160 and Iím open to everybody,Ē Golovkin would tell BoxingScene.
Golovkinís promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions also weighed in on Wardís comment. Loeffler expressed he has the upmost respect for Ward as a fighter but he doesnít understand how his fighter can be ducking Ward who is not even in his weight class.
ď[Ward] is in a different division; heís 168. Gennady said he would go to 168 if itís a compelling fight. So itís kind of hard to duck someone not in the same division. I can say there were a lot of middleweights ducking Gennady in the Middleweight division but [Ward is] a compelling fight,Ē said Loeffler.
While Golovkin has said he has no problem going to 168 to fight Ward, Loeffler points out another reason the fight may not happen right away is due to Ward not being the biggest or most lucrative fight available for Golovkin. There may be some intrigue for the fight to happen but the finances donít add up in Loefflerís opinion.
ďChavez, the reaction we got when it was just rumored to fight was tremendous. That wouldíve been Gennadyís first fight on pay per view and first fight here in LA. There were a lot of interesting elements to that fight that made sense. As far as a fight with Ward, Iím sure at some point [itíll happen]. Itís a great fight I just donít think the finances are there right yet. Itís not a pay per view fight, Andreís going to want a big chunk of money. And if Gennady goes up in weight, heís going to want a big chunk of money and I just donít think economically thatís going to work. Chavez was going to work because it was a pay per view fight and thatís how the economics worked on thatĒ explained Loeffler.
Much like his fighter, Loeffler feels Golovkinís focus is in the division he currently campaigns in and will continue to try to unify and fight the best fighters available there. Thatís not to say he wonít consider a Super Middleweight fight but it would probably have to be against a top selling fighter.
ďCarl Forch is another one. He sold 80,000 tickets in Wembley stadium. Gennady would go to the UK and fight a guy like Froch. So while we have a lot of respect for Andre, itís hard to say someoneís ducking another fighter when heís not in the division and I doubt Andre would come down to 160 to fight Gennady because thatís what he made Chad Dawson do. So itís not really there right now.† You canít force a fight to happen. Thereís still a lot of big names like Geale which is the biggest name Gennadyís fought so far,Ē said Loeffler.
The talks of Golovkin taking on the likes of Ward or any other challenger will be put to bed as the sole focus of the entire team is Daniel Geale. If victorious, Golovkin will once again reevaluate his options and go from there.
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