By Gregory Stangrit
Oleg Hermann, manager of IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27KOs), says his fighter is very interested in a showdown with Andre Ward (27-0, 14KOs), the WBA champion at 168-pounds.
But, Hermann says Gennady's interest is irrelevant because Ward has continued legal issues with his own promoter, Dan Goossen.
Ward has been inactive since last November, when he defeated Edwin Rodriguez. Since that time, Ward has tried several times, unsuccessfully, to break his promotional contract with Goossen - who continues to win in the courtroom and has a pending $10 million dollar defamation lawsuit against Ward.
Several years ago, Golovkin had a similar situation when he sued Universum to break his promotional contract. He was successful in his second attempt. Ward is already heading in the direction of his fourth and most believe it might be a lost cause.
But unlike Ward, when Golovkin found himself in this situation he continued to fight and stay active.
"As I understand it, this situation between Andre Ward and the promoter has already lasted for about a year and it can last for another or even longer. We were in such a situation, but in parallel we continued to fight [during the legal process]. Thanks to the tremendous work of the lawyers, my brother Maxim Hermann and his colleagues from Hamburg, we won the second go-around with the court, and Gennady then became a free agent," Hermann said.
"Ward files lawsuits, calls for a fight, but he does not come out to the ring - and that's the problem. No one knows how long it's all going to last. Yes Andre Ward says he is ready, but Gennady is also ready to discuss [a potential fight]. Even if we agree on all of the terms - [we can't do the fight] without the participation of his promoter.
"It is also difficult to see how we can work with Ward, his team and his promoter and promote the big fight when there is a war between them - the fight would be at risk every day. The only way [to do a fight] is for them to find a solution. I hope they solve this problem in the near future, and then we will be able to sit down at the negotiating table."
"While Ward continues to sue his promoter, he shouldn't mention GGG's name and talk about a potential fight, which he knows and we know, cannot take place in his current situation."
Gregory Stangrit covers boxing for Allboxing.ru