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HBO Bullish on Golovkin Competing From 154 To 168

By Mike Coppinger

The man regarded by many as the most avoided man in boxing makes his second appearance on HBO Saturday against Gabe Rosado. His last time out, Gennady Golovkin flattened Grzegorz Proksa in 5, after his scheduled fight with Dmitry Pirog was cancelled when the latter pulled out with a back injury.

In order for Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) to obtain the big fights, he has stated he could fight anywhere from junior middleweight to super middleweight. Currently, he resides in the middleweight division, but he would move up or down in weight for the right fight. It's that versatility that makes the fighter that much more attractive to HBO, who is working towards an exclusive deal with Golovkin.

"[His weight flexibility] is authentic," said Kery Davis, HBO Sports Senior VP of Programming. "Even in the discussions for this fight, we talked about fights that ranged from all the way down at 154 pounds to 168.There were 168 pounders who were on the docket as potential fights for this card. Gabe Rosado got the fight because we thought he was the best fit for this particular show, but we were looking at 168 pounders as well during this process.

"Fighting between 154 and 168 pounds, there's a lot of fights. There are a lot of big fights that can happen down the road. Certainly a fight with Sergio Martinez would be attractive. Going up to 68, a fight with Andre Ward would be attractive. Those are the kind of fights that we can talk about with a guy like Gennady because of his versatility and his willingness to fight between those weight classes."

Mike Coppinger is a contributor to USA TODAY's boxing coverage. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrRolltide91 on 07-17-2014

uh huh......

Comment by The Surgeon on 01-20-2013

Middleweight is where he needs to be. SMW is a TOUGH division to be in even if u are a natural 168 guy which Gennady clearly aint. There are fighters there he would beat but SOG is NOT one of…

Comment by doninlouisiana on 01-20-2013

[QUOTE=JmH Reborn;12932912]I hope HBO is as eager to pick up the pieces once Rosado beats the hype out of GGG[/QUOTE] You nailed this one huh? Rosado must have put in 100 miles of roadwork during the fight, lol. TBG

Comment by P4P_No1 on 01-19-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12933292]Ward is at the fight tonight. I don't see him taking on anyone good in 2013 as he has just had a significant surgery. I do hope Golovkin is looked after properly. [B]Froch at 164[/B] might be a…

Comment by Earl-Hickey on 01-19-2013

Froch can't do 164 he's skin and bone at 168 tbh If he could make it safe its a good fight

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