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Gennady Golovkin Willing to Face Billy Joe Saunders in The UK?

By Steve Kim

In recent days, WBO middleweight belt-holder Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12KOs), has made it explicitly clear that if WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin wants to face him next, that one of the conditions would be that he would have to travel over to the United Kingdom.

K2 Promotions proposal to Saunders and his promoter, Frank Warren, called for this match-up to take place at the Madison Square Garden in New York on April 23rd.

But would 'GGG' travel to face Saunders on his home turf?

"It depends on how the deal can be structured,"said Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions, to BoxingScene.com.

Loeffler then pointed out - "Gennady, out of all he world champions, he's the only one who doesn't care who he fights or where he fights. We wanted to bring the true definition of a world champion back."

Golovkin (34-0, 31KOs) has been a well-traveled boxer throughout his career.

Loeffler pointed out,''Whether he fought in Panama, whether he fought in the Ukraine, when he fought in Monte Carlo, he fought in Germany before, obviously in New York and L.A., he doesn't care where he fights. The hardest part is not necessarily the location of the fight but getting people to agree to get in the ring with him."

Both parties will converse next week and further explore this fight. Loeffler says,"I never really believe in negotiating fights in the media and I've known Frank Warren for twenty years since we did the fight with Kevin Kelley and Naseem Hamed and we're just waiting to receive his response to our offer.

"We have respect for Billy Joe Saunders, he beat (Chris) Eubank Jr.  and Andy Lee and is now a world champion. It would be a great fight if we could put it together."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Xoahr on 05-27-2016

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;16380341]Yep. They found money to make Saunders a " [I]great[/I] " offer, because they know they can beat him. Lara said that he would fight Golovkin AT 160, on HBO, in Kazakhstan, most likely for peanuts..... but, crickets.[/QUOTE] Last time,…

Comment by Motofan on 05-27-2016

GGG just wants money at this point. Give him a name that will make him money and he will fly anywhere to fight them IMO. He's not getting any younger and he has had exactly 0 big pay days.

Comment by Reloaded on 05-27-2016

[QUOTE=hugh grant;16379645]What a man gggg would be if he camehere. Letting a recently crowned champ dictate to him. Some fighters who been champ 17 years hsave never fought oiuyside own country once! So nobody ask GGG to step up to…

Comment by NakiFan on 05-27-2016

Its funny all the black Americans start flaming Saunders in this thread, because it gets the heat off their boys for a minute lol

Comment by THE MACK on 05-27-2016

I know its a late reply but how do you feel the fight would have panned out in 2012? Do you not rate pirog? this is the impression i get. Apologies if i jumped the gun

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