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Gennady Golovkin: Next fight options if GGG defeats Geale

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Tonight, Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) will defend his WBA and IBO middleweight titles against Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) of Australia at Madison Square Garden. Geale, who has never been knocked out is considered by many the toughest opponent Golovkin has ever faced. So that begs the question; if Golovkin defeats Geale, especially if it’s by knockout, would this finally earn Golovkin a pay-per view fight against a big name opponent?

(Image courtesy of HBO)

For the past few years Golovkin has been willing to challenge any big name fighter that competes at junior middleweight all the way to super middleweight. However, no big fight as come to fruition for Golovkin.

Should Golovkin knockout out Geale, it would be his 17th consecutive win by knockout, and put more of a demand for some of boxing’s biggest names to finally face him. Here’s a look at some potential opponents for Golovkin if he should get past Geale.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs)- Chavez may have turned off some of his fans by the lack of discipline he’s shown by coming into fights overweight. This was evident in his first fight with Brian Vera. However, with his legendary last name he is a significant boxing draw. His ppv fight with Sergio Martinez in September 2012 almost drew half a million ppv buys, which was more than when Miguel Cotto fought Sergio Martinez last month. Since there were already discussions for a Golovkin versus Chavez Jr fight earlier this year, Chavez would seem like the front runner to fight Golovkin next if Golovkin is will to go up to 168.

Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs)- One of the reasons Cotto is well respected by fans and pundits alike is the fact that he’s willing to fight anybody. It would be an action packed fight that fans would love to see. This fight would likely occur at Madison Square Garden where Cotto has fought numerous times, and Golovkin stated he likes fighting at MSG because it’s a historic place. Another plus in making this potential fight happen is that he and Golovkin both fight on HBO so there’s no network issue. However, it is reported that Cotto and his team have their eyes on a bigger money fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez.

Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs)- Injuries and promotional disputes have limited the number 2 pound for pound fighter to fighting only twice in the last 22 months. Ward, who has been a professional since 2004 has been unable to land a pay-per view fight despite cleaning out the super middleweight division and winning the Super Six tournament. A fight with Golovkin might be a big enough attraction to land Ward his first pay-per view fight.

Saul Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs)- It’s becoming more and more apparent that Canelo Alvarez is struggling to make the junior middleweight limit of 154lbs as his last two fights had a weight limit of 155lbs. So it’s inevitable that in the near future he will be competing at middleweight which makes him a possible opponent for Golovkin. Canelo’s has a huge fan base and has already been on the A side of two pay per view fights. So a fight with him and Golovkin has the potential to draw decent pay per view numbers. The only question is, will Golden Boy risk putting Canelo in with a fighter like Golovkin in his first fight at middleweight?
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