By Dan Ambrose: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) seems to think he’s got IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) where he wants him right now in terms of Golovkin wanting a unification bout against him for April. The fight is important for Golovkin more than it is Saunders because he wants to add his WBO 160lb title to his collection of belts.
A victory over Saunders would give Golovkin 3 of the 4 middleweight titles, and he would only be 1 title away from unifying the 160lb division completely. Getting a chance to win the WBC title will be easy for Golovkin, because he’s the WBC mandatory challenger, and the current WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez must face Golovkin after his next voluntary defense in May.
There have been unverified reports of Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, making a $3.4 million offer to Saunders for the fight. If this true then it’s not going to be enough to get Saunders, because he’s complaining that he wants the offer to be bumped up more. Just how much more Saunders wants the offer to be increased is unknown. It must be a big bump up that he wants because Saunders does not seem willing to fight GOlovkin right now.
“An offer has been made but people need to understand I don’t have a loss on my record and it’s not like Golovkin’s last opponent David Lemieux who had lost twice before he fought him,” Saunders told ESPN.com. “I could earn that money against someone else. They are offering life changing money but it’s not just about that because it would be a big risk for me.”
If Saunders can make similar money fighting someone else, then it must not be that big of an ofer. The only two fighters that will give Saunders a big payday is Chris Eubank Jr. and Andy Lee. Saunders is not going to get the likes of Canelo, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto or Floyd Mayweather Jr. hunting him down for a fight.
Saunders only fights that will make him money are rematches against Lee or Eubank Jr. or the Golovkin fight. The rematches are difficult fights for Saunders, as he could lose them. The Golovkin fight is very difficult and perhaps unwinnable for Saunders.
“They’ve got to pay me more money than I would get for the Chris Eubank Jr rematch,” Saunders said. “I will fight him but I would like it to be in England and if they can do that I would take a bit less, but they have to give me something.”
It might be in Golovkin’s best interest to forget about Saunders and his trivial pursuit of collecting all the world titles at 160. If Golovkin could free himself from this goal of his, he would be better off. He could then just focus on getting the biggest fights possible rather than collecting paper titles.