By Steve Kim
The last two times that middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and flyweight king Roman Gonzalez have performed, they were paired as co-headliners.
On May 17th at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, Golovkin stopped Willie Monroe Jr. in six rounds, while Gonzalez blew out Edgar Sosa in two. Then on the night of October 17th at the Madison Square Garden in New York, Golovkin halted David Lemieux in eight and Gonzalez took care of Brian Viloria in nine.
And there's a very good chance that you'll see this dynamic duo of 'GGG' and 'Chocolatito' at least one more time in 2016.
"I think it's been such a successful combination with Roman together with Gennady, we'll try to do it at least one more time for the first fight in 2016," said Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions, which recently became the Stateside representative for Gonzalez, the current WBC flyweight champion who has a sparking record of 44-0 (38 KO's).
On the afternoon of November 21st, there was a media gathering set up inside one of the suites of the Mandalay Bay where later that night Saul Alvarez defeated Miguel Cotto for his WBC middleweight belt. Loeffler said to reporters at this time - "Naturally for Gennady a lot depends on what happens tonight and once his schedule is set we can consult with Mr.(Akihiko) Honda, Carlos (Blandon, Gonzalez's manager) and see if we can make that work."
There is talk of Golovkin (34-0/31 KO's), who holds the WBA, IBO and IBF middleweight belts, fighting again in the state of Texas in either February or March. Alvarez, who is bound by the WBC to now face Golovkin (who is their interim champion), has not announced if he will comply with that directive or not.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.