By Rick Reeno
Las Vegas - At the moment, Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) is preparing for his scheduled rematch with Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).
Their fight takes place on September 15th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Should Golovkin win, there are plenty of options on the table.
One of those options is WBC mandatory challenger Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs).
The World Boxing Council has already issued an order which directs the winner of Golovkin vs. Canelo to face Charlo next.
Charlo, in his last ring appearance, blasted out Hugo Centeno in two rounds to capture the WBC interim-title in April.
He was previously the IBF's world champion at junior middleweight, and moved up in weight to 160-pounds in July of 2017 with a TKO of Jorge Sebsation Heiland. In his last bout at 154-pounds, he knocked out undefeated mandatory challenger Julian Williams in five rounds.
Despite his mandatory standing, he's not viewed as a lucrative option for Golovkin - who admits his preference would be a unification with WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders of the UK.
Able Sanchez, who trains Golovkin, agrees with his boxer.
He also would prefer to see Golovkin fight Saunders in the very near future.
The veteran trainer, while praising the skills of Charlo, indicates that he's not done anything of note - as a middleweight - to deserve a lucrative crack at Golovkin.
"Charlo is a good fighter. He had a good reign at junior middleweight. He's a good boxer. He gets into some trouble sometimes because he talks a little more than he should. But he's not a marquee name that would warrant Golovkin fighting him. I think Saunders is a much bigger fight than Charlo," Sanchez told BoxingScene.com.
Besides Charlo and Saunders, there is also the possibility that Golovkin could fight the WBA's top challenger, Ryota Murata of Japan - who holds the WBA's "regular" title at the weight.