GGG Set To Fight Rolls On June 8th
After his initial opponent decided to face Jermall Charlo for the interim WBC middleweight title, Gennady Golovkin has an opponent for his return on June 8th.
Steve Rolls will now face Golovkin on June 8th inside Madison Square Garden in a 12-round fight at 164 pounds. This fight will mark Golovkin’s first fight of a three-year six-fight contract DAZN, which will make him over $100 million.
“I am very excited to be returning to the ring and bringing the ‘Big Drama Show’ back to Madison Square Garden,” Golovkin said. “The Garden’s fans are fantastic. I love boxing, and I promise to bring the best of me to everyone who will be watching me in an all-action fight with Steve Rolls.”
Headlining MSG for the fourth time, Golovkin is fighting for the first time since his September 2018 loss to Canelo Alvarez, and may earn a trilogy fight with Alvarez if GGG defeats Rolls and Canelo defeats Daniel Jacobs on May 4th in Las Vegas.
Rolls, an undefeated but largely unknown boxer takes a huge step forward in-facing Golovkin, and is excited for the opportunity.
“I want to sincerely thank DAZN and GGG himself for giving me the opportunity to challenge one of the best fighters in the world,” Rolls said. “But let me be clear: I’ve won national championships and represented my country, and Golovkin is just a man. I’m coming to win this fight and put my name among the best middleweights in the world.”
“We went through a number of names, and for Gennady’s first fight on DAZN they liked that Steve Rolls is from Canada because they want to boost their subscriptions in the Canadian market. So that was one factor in Rolls getting the fight,” said Tom Loeffler, the managing director of GGG Promotions. “But they also liked that he is undefeated and that he is a hungry fighter.”
The two fighters will address one another and the media on Monday in New York City and on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Initial Report: ESPN