By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS is set for a winners take all fight with Gennady Golovkin in Kazakhstan in June.
And WBO middleweight champion Saunders believes he can dethrone WBA, IBO, IBF and WBC title holder Golovkin in his own backyard.
Golovkin retained his belts after he edged past American Daniel Jacobs in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night in a thrilling clash.
Now talks will continue this week between Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and Frank Warren to finalise a deal for the unification clash.
Loeffler has said the ‘most likely’ venue is in Kazakhstan with June the preferred month.
Hatfield-based Saunders said: “I’ll travel anywhere to fight him, I’m not bothered about fighting him in Kazakhstan, I’ll fight him in a field for all I care.
“Golovkin is strong but he can be outfoxed. A boxer always beats a puncher and he has never faced anyone as awkward or tricky as me.
“I’ve seen faults and flaws in him that I know I can take advantage of. I want to see how good I really am. In my own head, I know I am capable of beating him.
“I am in my prime and ready to take on the best. I want to give the fans what they want to see. He wants the WBO belt and I have it. I am willing to put it on the line.”
Golovkin said: “This is my dream fight. My goal is all the belts in the division. Billy Joe Saunders is my last step, my dream. I want this fight.”
Loeffler didn’t rule out staging the bout in England but Golovkin wants is a big homecoming fight before taking on Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in September.
He has only boxed once in his home country since 2010 but is a huge star with fans flocking around the world to see him and Kazakhstan flags were scattered all around Madison Square Garden.
Golovkin was taken 12 rounds for the first time in his career by the impressive Jacobs before taking his unbeaten record to 37 fights with a unanimous judges’s verdict.
He floored Jacobs in the fourth round with two rights in quick succession, but the American – dubbed ‘the Miracle Man’ after beating cancer – boxed brilliantly on the back foot and looked as though he done enough to win.