Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Team Fletcher Plan To Push For Golovkin Title Fight

By Rick Reeno

Greg Cohen, the promoter of WBA mandatory Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10KOs), is planning to push for an agreement to get reached for a July title fight with WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. The WBA recently ordered Golovkin to make a mandatory defense against Fletcher. Both sides have until June 13th to reach a deal - or a purse bid will be scheduled.

In earlier article on BoxingScene.com, Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, revealed that his company has already applied for a special permit to face former IBF/WBA champion Daniel Geale on July 26th at Madison Square Garden. 

"The WBA sent out legal notices to both teams and we have a 30 day negotiation period and after that, if we can't come to terms, we go to purse bid. Golvokin's people have every right to file for a special permit to avoid their mandatory, but Golovkin has been champion for almost four years and he's never made a mandatory [defense]. It's not necessarily his fault because a few times I think he wanted to and the guys who were his mandatory challengers declined. We didn't decline, we pushed for this fight. We've been trying to enforce the mandatory for quite some time and it's finally been enforced. I'm very doubtful that they are going to allow him to circumvent us," Cohen told BoxingScene.com.

"I understand getting a special permit to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a major pay-per-view bout. Daniel Geale got his shot on HBO and he lost. He's a good fighter, he's a former champion, but it's not like he's Floyd Mayweather Jr. or some hot commodity. Geale and Fletcher are very similar. Both are from Australia. Fletcher actually has much more pedigree than a guy like Geale. Geale is certainly more known, but how do you get known unless you get a shot."

"We're talking about a kid who is a two-time Olympian, captain of the Australian boxing team, beat Adonis Stevenson and James DeGale in the amateurs. The guy won a gold medal in the Commonwealths. In his last fight, he beat one of Golovkin's stablemates [Max Bursak], a K2 fighter, a guy who was top 5 across the board, and he earned his way here. He's won regional titles, he's defended them and he deserves his chance."

At the end of the day, Golovkin has the right to select any opponent - but it doesn't mean HBO will purchase the fight. HBO is willing to approve Geale, but they don't appear to be as willing to approve Fletcher. For now, everything is going to come down to the WBA's ruling with respect to K2's request for a special permit for Golovkin to face Geale.

If the WBA denies K2's request, there is always the possibility of a deal being reached where Fletcher steps aside, which Cohen admits is possible - but he prefers to go forward with the bout.

"Anything is possible, but we are not looking to step aside. We want the fight," Cohen said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MRCHOKEaMF on 05-19-2014

First you have to catch GGG, he busy running from Ward:notworthy

Comment by bopbopbbe on 05-19-2014

Seriously GGG should just fight both of them within a week or two of each other. I doubt he takes any damage.

Comment by Chaos Theory on 05-19-2014

GGG can fight both on the same night

Comment by Hougigo on 05-19-2014

I'm curious now if he got paid step aside for the Chudinov fight or the WBA told him they'd give him something else

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 05-19-2014

Given how GGG likes to keep a busy schedule, I say give us Gaele first then do his Monte Carlo thing with Fletcher.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (18)
Top Headlines Fury's Promoter: Decision For Parker Was "Absolutely Disgusting" Daniel Jacobs Signs Multi-Fight Agreements With HBO, Eddie Hearn Joseph Parker Retains, Wins Majority Decision Over Hughie Fury Carl Frampton To Sign Deal With Frank Warren? Josh Wale Retains British As Murray Beats Fagan, Kelly Wins Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Badou Jack Vacates WBA Title, Bivol Purse Bid is Canceled Dickinson, Safa and Cullen Get Wins On Fury-Parker Card McDonagh Outpoints Singleton At Manchester Arena Parker: UK is Where The Heavyweight Scene Is, I Want To Be in It Campbell Will Use Experience of Olympics in Jorge Linares Clash Hughie Fury: Parker is No Old Man Like Klitschko, But I'm Ready Dorticos vs. Kudryashov - Cruiserweight WBSS Report Card Photos: Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez - Tested Tough To Win! Luis Ortiz: No Judges, I'll Knock Wilder Out - Then I Want Joshua! Terence Crawford: Mikey Garcia Fight Would Have To Be at 147 Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-Golovkin, Parker-Fury, Kovalev Campbell: Linares is Strong, Experienced - But This is My Time! Liam Williams Vows To Punish Liam Smith For His Trash Talk James DeGale: Groves or Smith Will Win WBSS - I Want Winner Hughie Fury: I Can't Look Past Parker, But I Feel I Can Unify Division Golovkin's Promoter: You Never Heard Canelo Booed Like That! Josh Taylor May Get To World Title Within a Year, Says McGuigan With Andre Ward Retired, Who is The #1 P4P Fighter in The World? Oscar Valdez Gets Off The Floor To Decision Genesis Servania Gilberto Ramirez Drops, Decisions a Very Game Jesse Hart Michael Conlan Drops, Stops Kenny Guzman in Second Round Loeffler: Canelo Should Be More Confident After Full 12 With GGG Conceicao, Kavaliauskas, Mayer, Lenny Z, Gaibnazarov Win Bouts Photos: Jorge Linares, Luke Campbell - in Top Form, Battle Ready Photos: Dorticos, Kudryashov - Get Tense, Ready For WBSS War Anthony Dirrell Denies Chavez Jr.'s Claim of Fight in November Lozano vs. Rodriguez Rematch Top Boxeo Telemundo Return Gervonta Davis Facing First Degree Aggravated Assault Charge Linares Weighs In at 134.2 Pounds; Campbell Weighs 134.8 Anthony Yigit vs. Sandor Martin - Undercard Information Castano Still Not Paid For Win Over Michel Soro, Legal Action Looms Hughie Fury: When I Say I'll Knock Parker Out, I'll Knock Him Out! Team Ramirez Dedicate Hart Fight To Mexico Earthquake Victims Photos: Sergey Kovalev, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy - Face To Face
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement