Arum Would Love Golovkin On ESPN; Could Fight Ramirez On PPV

By Keith Idec

It would make the most sense for Gennady Golovkin to align himself with DAZN.

The fight Golovkin wants most, a third bout against WBA/WBC middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez, would require Golovkin to agree to have that bout streamed by DAZN. Demetrius Andrade, the newly crowned WBO 160-pound champ, also fights exclusively on DAZN and Daniel Jacobs, the new IBF middleweight champ, could sign with DAZN now that his fights no longer will be broadcast by HBO.

Tom Loeffler and representatives for DAZN have been discussing a deal for Golovkin to fight on DAZN now that HBO is in the process of moving away from televising boxing. Loeffler also has had discussions with Top Rank president Todd duBoef regarding Golovkin fighting on ESPN as part of Top Rank’s partnership with that network.


Top Rank founder Bob Arum hopes that’s still a possibility, even though the ESPN fight Golovkin wanted recently fell apart. Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) won’t able to fight former WBA world middleweight champ Ryota Murata at Tokyo Dome now that Rob Brant has upset Murata to win that title, but Arum has another idea for the former middleweight champ from Kazakhstan.

“He could do what Canelo’s doing,” Arum told “He could go up to super middleweight and fight the winner of Gilberto Ramirez-Jesse Hart. Him against Ramirez would be a big pay-per-view fight. That would be a great fight.”

Golovkin, 36, has considered moving up from middleweight to super middleweight in the past, but he has remained at the middleweight limit of 160. Fighting at super middleweight might be something Golovkin strongly considers if Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) remains at 168 pounds following his fight against WBA world super middleweight champ Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) on December 15 at Madison Square Garden.

Regardless, Arum is holding out hope Golovkin will want to fight on ESPN.

“Well, we’d love it,” Arum said. “But that’s up to Tom Loeffler and that’s a question that’s best addressed to Tom. But there’s no question that we, at ESPN, would love to have Golovkin fight on our platform.”

Mexico’s Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Hart (25-1, 21 KOs), who lost a close unanimous decision to Ramirez 13 months ago, are expected to fight again December 14 for Ramirez’s WBO super middleweight title.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The3 on 11-04-2018

PPVs? Arum is still thinking PPVs

Comment by yankees7448 on 11-04-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19246788]Dervy would've accepted whatever to fight the guy with [B]ALL THE BELTS![/B] That's the kind of fighter he is! Andrade said he couldn't be ready! GGG said he needed more time! Sergiy said "Let's Go!" Don't put it on Dervy!…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 11-04-2018

[QUOTE=yankees7448;19246737]That's all well and good as long as you ignore the fact that Dervy didn't want the Andrade fight unless it was for a certain amount of money. If he didn't want 250k for a smaller and less meaningful fight…

Comment by yankees7448 on 11-04-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19246615]I guess you choose to ignore what else Dervy's promoter said: "Then, five minutes later, [B]Artie called me and told me that Andrade wasn’t available.[/B] That was for December. That’s what happened then. [B]The money for them to fight in…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 11-04-2018

[QUOTE=yankees7448;19246603]I guess you're ignoring the fact that Sergei D's own promoter said they didn't take the second offer because it was for less money.[/QUOTE]I guess you choose to ignore what else Dervy's promoter said: "Then, five minutes later, [B]Artie called…

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