GGG Wasting No Time In Setting Return
Gennadiy Golovkin does not want too much time on his hands, as the new IBF and IBO middleweight champion is near a deal to return early next year.
Speaking to ESPN during Saturday’s Usyk-Witherspoon card, Eddie Hearn confirmed that his newest big-name charge is in talks for a defense this February.
“February 29th is the date we’re looking at here. We have a hold on the arena,” Hearn said late Saturday night, as Golovkin negotiations with mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta.
The leap day showdown will see Golovkin fight for the first time in Chicago’s Wintrust Arena, squaring off with Szeremeta, a Polish native who knocked out Oscar Cortes earlier in the Usyk-Witherspoon in the second round.
“Gennadiy’s had back-to-back fights at the Garden, and we’ve seen from the ticket sales for this event (on Saturday night) that we have a good reputation and relationship with fight fans in [Chicago], and if he fights his mandatory, which is Szeremeta, the Polish fighter, then it would make sense to come here with such a huge Polish community. It’s not a definite, but it’s definitely a venue we’re looking at.
“It’s difficult to go to a place twice in the year with the schedule, but if there was a place we’d go twice to in a year, it would be Chicago. We’ve probably had our two biggest gates in this arena outside of [Anthony] Joshua-[Andy] Ruiz in America and it’s a great city.”
When asked about a potential Canelo-GGG trilogy sometime next year, Hearn believes his client does not want to stand waiting by the phone for a call from Alvarez.
“I don’t think he’s going to wait for a decision from Canelo,” Hearn said.
“So it all depends on what happens in the next few weeks. Obviously, the Kovalev fight is only three weeks away. So it’s not like [Golovkin] can’t wait until then, but I don’t think he’s prepared to wait until December, etc., to have another fight [set up]. If the IBF say that the mandatory is due [since he won] a vacant title, which is generally what happens for a vacant belt, then he would jump in and take that fight.”