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Golovkin's Manager Talks Rubio, Cotto, Soliman

By Gregory Stangrit

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27KOs) is training hard for his fight with WBC interim-middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio on October 18th in Carson, California. Following the official announcement of this fight AllBoxing.Ru/BoxingScene.com spoke to Oleg Hermann, who manages Golovkin, regarding numerous subjects related to his fighter.

BoxingScene/AllBoxing: There were negotiations with Soliman, but he eventually signed to face Jermain Taylor, stating that is was an offer that he couldn't refuse. Although it is now clear that Soliman could have made more against Golovkin in a higher profile fight, what were the reasons for the fight falling apart?

- With Soliman we negotiated immediately after his victory over Felix Sturm and you can tell that they had agreed on 99% [of everything]. Sam Soliman wanted to fly out to our fight on evening of July 26 in New York to watch the fight with Geale. At the last moment he got an offer to fight with Taylor, and instantly changed his opinion about the fight with Gennady. And to us, to put it mildly, it was an unpleasant surprise. The reason lies on the surface - he knows what his chances are of winning against Taylor and what they are against Gennady. He wants to make a fight with Taylor, and then oppose GGG.

- Rubio is the interim-champion of the WBC and it was decided [by the WBC] that his fight with Golovkin will be a unification. Would the interim-belt increases the chances of a fight with Cotto or force Cotto to vacate the belt in order to avoid a fight with Golovkin?

- We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Rubio. At the moment, he is temporary champion of the WBC. But, in addition, he is very well known in America and especially in Mexico, which is the most important thing. In fact, Rubio in terms of taking the next step forward - he is much more interesting than Soliman. The WBC belt opens other doors and provides new opportunities, and, in addition, we have long wanted to fight on the West Coast of the United States in front of the Mexican audience.

In fact, we would like to make a big fight against the winner of Cotto-Canelo.  But these are the future plans. Until then we are entirely focused on the fight with Rubio.

Gregory Stangrit covers boxing for Allboxing.ru.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PR ESQ. on 08-22-2014

[QUOTE=turnedup;14877032]Wouldn't be surprised to see Cotto vacate or be forced to vacate the title...I doubt Canelo wants those belts too. He's probably going to be looking for another floyd fight next september [COLOR="Red"]after he whips cotto's @ss. [/COLOR]Cotto fights his…

Comment by B-Bomber on 08-22-2014

[[email protected];14877080]Now, this sounds more sensible. GGG after Rubio should fight Lemiuex in the undercard of Cotto vs Canelo in a set up to fight the loser of the fight because the winner is fighting Floyd no doubt! This is one…

Comment by Wolfert on 08-22-2014

[QUOTE=KnickTillDeaTh;14877419]Khomitsky loss to Martin Murray. Murray only has one loss to Martinez and a draw with Sturm.[/QUOTE]This is some BS, Khomitsky clearly won a UD. Murray is overrated. Sturm beat a glass hip Darren Barker but he lost to Macklin,…

Comment by Wolfert on 08-22-2014

[QUOTE=daggum;14877342]well he won that fight in my mind. he was up on the cards, scored a knockdown that the ref ignored, but then they stopped the fight because the tape came off his gloves... he was completely robbed. this was…

Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 08-22-2014

[QUOTE=Wolfert;14877293]Khomitsky did good beating Martin Murray & Frank Buglioni. He lasted fairly long against Stieglitz at super middleweight too. Dude is 40-years-old, tough warrior. I'm more interested in Khomitsky's next fight than Murray's haha.[/QUOTE] Khomitsky loss to Martin Murray. Murray…

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