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On September 10, 2016, Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) scored a fifth-round TKO victory against Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) at the 02 Arena in London, United Kingdom.
After dispatching his 23rd straight opponent by knockout, Golovkin has a few options at Middleweight.
Should Golovkin zero in on Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Canelo Alvarez or someone else?
The WBA issued a statement on Saturday saying that team Golovkin and team Jacobs have 30 days to negotiate and agree to the Mandatory WBA Middleweight Super championship fight.
Mandated fights can always be fiddled with and pushed off, so the announcement by the WBA doesn’t necessarily a guarantee that Golovkin and Jacobs will face off in the near future.
During his post-fight interview with HBO’s Jim Lampley, Golovkin did state that he wanted to try and capture the last Middleweight belt that is not in his collection–the WBO title held by Saunders.
Saunders took to social media to accept Golovkin’s challenge, but it remains to be seen how serious Saunders is.
Chris Eubank Jr. and Canelo (if he comes out on top against Liam Smith) are also distant possibilities, but we aren’t holding our breath.
The former took to his official Facebook page to call out Golovkin on Saturday–an invitation that not many people are taking seriously because Eubank Jr. had a hard time finding his pen to sign the contract to face Golovkin a few months ago.
Let us know your thoughts about how Golovkin would do against the aforementioned fighters–and anyone else we missed–and let us know who you think GGG should face next.
Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC. Alex can be reached at Alex@RoundByRoundBoxing.com.