By Steve Kim
So what's the latest with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), who was last seen defending his world titles against Daniel Jacobs on March 18th at the Madison Square Garden in New York?
There has been a lot of talk of him making a homecoming fight in his native Kazakhstan on June date against Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs), who has the last middleweight belt (WBO) not in Golovkin's possession.
"We've been in regular communication with Frank Warren (who promotes Saunders) and just trying to see what's the best way to make that fight happen. So we should know more by next week and I don't know about deadlines with Billy Joe Saunders or Golden Boy saying we can't fight (in June),'' said Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions on Thursday afternoon, where a media luncheon was held at the Palm Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles for WBO cruiserweight belt-holder, Oleksandr Usyk.
Saunders, has made comments that Golovkin would have till this upcoming Friday to make the deal or he'd move on.
"Again, it's been Gennady's goal to unify all the belts. We've been in discussions with Frank for awhile now to see if there's a way to make the fight work and if there's a way - we're going to put that together," explained Loeffler.
When asked how close the Saunders bout is to coming to fruition, Loeffler answered:
"It's a big event in Kazakhstan with the (World) Expo. There's were some back-and-forth as far as the dates were concerned. So we've got to see what works better for the U.K., what works better for Kazakhstan and vice-versa. So we'll just have to see how we can put that together."
Oscar De La Hoya, the founder of Golden Boy Promotions, has stated recently that Golovkin fighting in June would jeopardize a possible showdown with their client, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, in September. Alvarez is currently scheduled to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6th.
"I've been in discussion with Eric Gomez at Golden Boy and they have the fight coming up with Chavez which I think will be a tough fight but there's no artificial deadline there," Loeffler told BoxingScene.com.
"I do know that if we make the fight (with Alvarez) the sooner the better, rather than dragging it out, just depending on what happens in May."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.