By Dan Ambrose WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) doesn’t like the idea that IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) is so confident that he’d beat him that he Tweeted recently saying “How about GGG vs. Saunders in April and GGG vs. Canelo in September sound?”
The message appears to have ticked the 26-year-old Saunders off, as it suggests that Golovkin is confident that he would beat Saunders and move past him to get to a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, which is the fight that Golovkin wants most of all in terms of active fighters.
“There is no getting away from it; Golovkin is the best at the weight, but like I say, we are in a business, and if the right offer got made to the team, I would have no problem getting ready to fight Golovkin and take the fight with him on my terms,” Saunders said to IFL TV. “I would be up against it. I would not take this fight and say I can’t beat him when I get in the ring. I’ll train to beat him. On my night, I’ll create problems for any middleweight in the world. I think [Chris] Eubank, he’s the mandatory challenger for the WBA title. If he thinks he can beat Golovkin, then Danny Jacobs should be a walk in the park for him. Let him go and fight Danny Jacobs. If he can beat him, then come back and we have a unification fight. He’s got to earn his shot now,” Saunders said.
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) December 31, 2015
If Saunders is really serious about wanting to prove himself before facing Golovkin, then he’s going to need to face some of the best contenders in the World Boxing Organization’s top 15 rankings. This means that we should see Saunders face #2 WBO Arif Magomedov, #4 WBO Antonine Douglas, #9 WBO Ryota Murata, and #10 WBO Hassan N’Dam. Those are probably the best of the WBO’s top 15 contenders. The rest of them are middle of the road type fighters.
“He [Golovkin] also said on his website [Twitter] me in April and Canelo afterwards,” Saunders said. “No fighter in the world can overlook me. If anyone overlooks me, I’ll beat him on the night. No one can overlook me, ever. I’m not a stepping stone, and I’m not an easy walk in the park for no one. I’m one of the best middleweights in the world. Now I’ve proved it. Now that I’m world champion, I’m not going to start picking people that will be an easy fight. I want to test myself. I want to see where I’m at. The only way I’m going to prove it is getting in these tough fights and putting myself on a pedestal and see if I’m up there with Golovkin,” Saunders said.
When asked if he thinks he’d be ready for a tough fight against Golovkin, Saunders said “Definitely. If my team sat down and made it, I’ll be training and believing I can win.