Loeffler: If Andrade Makes Sense For GGG In Future, Why Not?

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Gennady Golovkin’s antagonists continually asked during the search for his upcoming opponent why Demetrius Andrade’s name never was mentioned.

The truest answer is that Andrade would represent too much risk for a bout designed to keep Golovkin busy before he fights Canelo Alvarez a third time in what would be an extremely important bout not only for Golovkin, but for the future of DAZN. Arranging Alvarez-Golovkin III for later this year also depends on Alvarez defeating Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight title unification match May 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

That figures to be a difficult fight for Alvarez, but as long as Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) defeats unknown underdog Steve Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) on June 8 at Madison Square Garden, the former middleweight champion can remain in position to fight Alvarez or Jacobs. If Jacobs beats Alvarez, he’d owe Alvarez an immediate rematch, assuming Alvarez would want one.


Regardless, Golovkin was not about to choose Andrade for his first fight of a six-bout DAZN deal.

Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs), a 6-feet-1 southpaw who has won world titles in two weight classes, repeatedly has expressed a strong desire to fight Golovkin or Alvarez and also is contractually committed to DAZN. The unbeaten WBO middleweight champion instead seems headed for a title defense against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11 KOs) on June 22 or June 29 in Andrade’s hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promotional representative, explained prior to a press conference Monday at Madison Square Garden why Andrade was not a potential opponent for Kazakhstan’s Golovkin on June 8.

“Not for this particular fight,” Loeffler said, “only because of the new deal with DAZN and the shortness of the announcement and the whole thing. And [Andrade] already has his title defense planned. So, there wasn’t any serious discussion with [promoter] Eddie [Hearn] on that. But if it makes sense in the future, then why not? He has the title, the only title that Triple-G never had an opportunity to fight for because we couldn’t make a deal with Billy Joe Saunders. We offered more than triple that he ever made. We offered to go to the UK to fight Saunders and we never were able to make that fight.”

Andrade, then Saunders’ mandatory challenger, was supposed to box the British southpaw on October 20 in Boston. Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs) failed a performance-enhancing drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association late in August, however, and was denied a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission early in October.

The 31-year-old Andrade instead dropped Namibia’s Walter Kautondokwa (17-1, 16 KOs) four times and won a 12-round unanimous decision October 20 at TD Garden. Andrade also captured the WBO 160-pound championship stripped from Saunders.

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 Calibaloc on 04-30-2019

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;19703007]Yes and thankfully we get to see it this weekend, should be a great scrap![/QUOTE] Absolutely. I'm looking forward to it. I like both guys. It should be a good one.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 04-29-2019

[QUOTE=Calibaloc;19699561]I seriously hope GGG doesn't want another fight with Canelo as I think it will only get worse for him. Saunders I feel is a little like Tyson Fury and is mentally fragile. I don't think he wants Andrade. Canelo…

Comment by Calibaloc on 04-29-2019

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19700682]I saw a seckback video yesterday..... they asked Golovkin who he wanted to fight, and he would not mention a name any name he did not even resort to the good ol..... "[I]I want to fight da best[/I]" line nothing[/QUOTE]…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-28-2019

[QUOTE=Calibaloc;19699561]I seriously hope GGG doesn't want another fight with Canelo as I think it will only get worse for him. Saunders I feel is a little like Tyson Fury and is mentally fragile. I don't think he wants Andrade. Canelo…

Comment by Calibaloc on 04-28-2019

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;19695437]yeah i hear you there, i don't think GGG even wants Canelo again by the sounds of it. I don't really wanna see it either Canelo worked out GGG at 37 his time is limited. I was actually hoping Saunders…

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