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Pirog Realizes Golovkin Bout Could Cost The WBO Belt

By Ruslan Chikov

While the WBA and IBO have sanctioned the middleweight fight between Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) and Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs), the WBO has yet to give Pirog their full permission to move forward with the fight. Pirog was recently ordered to fight interim-champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam of France.

Pirog realizes that by moving forward with Golovkin he stands the possibility of losing his WBO championship.

"For me it was a tough decision. I had a choice: either to fight a battle with Golovkin, which is going to be broadcast on the famous American channel HBO or go against the mandatory contender - Frenchman N'Jikam. I chose the former, because every boxer dreams of his fights being aired by HBO. But I do not know how the WBO will react. Perhaps they will even deprive me of my title," Pirog said.

Golovkin vs. Pirog is scheduled for August 25, taking place in Washington, DC or Los Angeles.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 06-29-2012

Bigger picture WBO doesn't lead him down the most lucrative avenue bcse a fight with Golovkin on HBO is going to put him in line for Geale/Sturm-Martinez/Chavez winner

Comment by mathed on 06-29-2012

[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;12291414]When a boxer has a belt they pay 4 or 5% of their purse to get the org to "sanction" the fight as being for their title. I'v always assumed that if a boxer holds more than one title then…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 06-29-2012

[QUOTE=mathed;12291403]it has something to do with them not being able to make as much money.[/QUOTE] When a boxer has a belt they pay 4 or 5% of their purse to get the org to "sanction" the fight as being for…

Comment by mathed on 06-29-2012

[QUOTE=larryx2012;12288744]why do sanctioning bodies block unification's so damn much?[/QUOTE] it has something to do with them not being able to make as much money.

Comment by mathed on 06-29-2012

This will be a good fight. From what I've heard about Golovkin, he should win this fight.

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