By Scott Gilfoid: Whether a fight between WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) and IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO) takes place in the UK in April could depend on whether it’s a big enough fight to be staged in a large stadium. Golovkin and his promoters at K2 will likely agree to fighting Saunders in the UK if the fight is worthy of a large stadium like Wembly in London.
Saunders, 26, has already said that Golovkin needs to agree to come to England for him to want to fight him. If he doesn’t want to come over, then Saunders will focus on defending his WBO title against other opponents.
The talk is Saunders’ promoter is looking at finding a stadium in the UK that is bigger than 10,000 to 15,000 in seat capacity. Obviously, Wembley Stadium would be much too big for a fight between Saunders and Golovkin. But a football stadium that could fit 30,000 fans would be idea if Saunders is a big enough name to draw that kind of crowd in a fight against Golovkin. I’m not sure that he is though.
For that matter, I doubt that even some of the more established fighters like super middleweights George Groves or James DeGale could bring in a huge crowd of that size if they were to fight Golovkin. It would take someone like Carl Froch to bring in the fans in huge numbers, but Froch is in retirement and is showing no interest in staging a comeback to fight Golovkin. Froch made a killing in his last fight of his career in May 2014 in beating Groves at Wembley Stadium.
I think Vicarage Road stadium would be perfect for the Golovkin-Saunders fight. It seats 21,577 fans and it would be the ideal size stadium for a fight like that. I mean, I know Saunders isn’t a huge star, but he could at least draw that kind of crowd against a talent like Golovkin. Another idea would be to put the Golovkin vs. Saunders fight as the co-feature on the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury card.
The only problem with that idea is that the Klitschko-Fury rematch could wind up taking place in Germany again, because Klitschko is able to fill 50,000 seat stadiums over there. But it’s possible that the rematch between Klitschko and Fury could fill a large stadium like Wembly if they had Saunders vs. Golovkin on the undercard.