Triple G wants the only middleweight belt he doesn’t currently possess…
Gennady Golovkin extended his incredible undefeated streak against Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night and held on to his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles in the process – but is already looking to write more history.
The Kazakh wants to complete his unification of the division by taking the only middleweight belt he doesn’t currently possess, the WBO title held by Billy Joe Saunders.
“Saunders is my dream fight for unifying all the middleweight titles. It is my ambition to take from him the only belt I am missing,” Triple G told the Daily Mail.
The Hertfordshire fighter, for his part, is more than happy to take on Golovkin – and believes he could become the first man to beat him.
Saunders told the Sun: “He wants the WBO belt and I’m willing to put it on the line. Golovkin is strong but a boxer always beats a puncher and he’s never faced anyone as tricky as me.
“Jacobs gave him a real fight on Saturday but he isn’t in my class when I’m on form.”
Saunders, undefeated himself, will have noticed that the once seemingly invincible star was made to look vulnerable on a few occasions on Saturday, in a fight that ended Triple G’s phenomenal run of 26 consecutive KO victories stretching back nine years.
The fight would be likely to take place in Kazakhstan or the UK, and while it’s not the biggest fight that could be made – GGG v Canelo Alvarez is still topping many people’s wishlists – it would certainly be a close encounter.
“I’ll travel anywhere,” Saunders said. “I’m not bothered about fighting him in Kazakhstan – I’ll fight him in a field for all I care.”
Let’s hope this is one we get to see…