By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes
According to Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, his company is not looking to rush IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24KOs) into a potential fight with WBA super middleweight king Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs). After beating every possible name at 168, Ward is lacking opponents for the future. On the other hand, Golovkin is being avoided by many of the top middleweights. Loeffler says Golovkin is going to stick it out at 160-pounds for the moment, but Ward could be a possible fight down the road in 2014.
"We've had many discussions about this. The priority for Gennady is to fight at middleweight. There is a lot more to prove at middleweight....there are a lot of champions as we just discussed. Matthew Macklin was one of the top names at middleweight but there are a lot of great names. That being said, if there is a big fight at 154 or 168, a compelling fight, that makes sense, he's willing to do that. Right now we don't think its the right time. But if there is a fight with Canelo at 154 or Mayweather at 154. Andre Ward, if that becomes a compelling fight down the road and if that makes sense. But that's only going to happen by choice, by Abel [Sanchez] and Gennady, if they move up to 168," Loeffler said.
"I think a fight like that is a huge fight if it became a reality between Gennady and Andre Ward, but that's a fight that would take time to make sense. It wouldn't make sense at this particular time. I have a lot of respect for Andre Ward. He is clearly the best 168-pounder out there. With that being said, it would take time. It doesn't make sense to move up to 168 and face the top guy when [Gennady] is still making his name at 160. [Gennady] is still building his name. It's not that he's not ready. But it doesn't make sense from a promotion standpoint. Why shortchange both fighters when that could be a monster fight next year."