By Miguel Rivera
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum sees no reason for middleweight contender Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) to jump over to streaming service DAZN for a trilogy fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
He believes the former IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC world champion should instead move up to 168-pounds for an ESPN pay-per-view fight with WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez of Mexico.
Golovkin was last seen in action back in September, when he suffered the first defeat of his career by way of a close twelve round majority decision loss in his rematch with Canelo. He fought Canelo to a controversial twelve round split draw in September of 2017.
Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) retained his world title in June with a twelve round unanimous decision over Roamer Angulo.
He returns to the ring on December 14th, in a mandatory defense with Jesse Hart. Ramirez already won a twelve round unanimous decision over Hart in September of last year.
Golovkin is pushing for a trilogy fight with Canelo, who himself is moving up to the super middleweight division on December 15th for a fight with WBA "regular" champion Rocky Fielding in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Arum believes Golovkin beat Canelo the first time, and he believes GGG beat the Mexican superstar in their September rematch - which is why he feels a third fight is unnecessary.
The veteran promoter is very eager to make Golovkin vs. Ramirez - if the Mexican champion retains his title next month with Hart.
"I think Canelo is a good fighter but I think Golovkin beat Canelo. It would be a better fight if Zurdo faces Golovkin. Zurdo has a very difficult fight, the rematch against Jessie Hart on December 14. But if he wins that fight, I want to see him against Golovkin," Arum said to Eduard Cauich.