By Allan Fox: The roles appear to be in reverse with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin as far as who is in charge of the negotiations. While Golovkin is seen by far as the best fighter in the 160lb division right now, the 26-year-old Saunders is telling him what to do and bossing him around.
Saunders is telling the 33-year-old Golovkin that he absolutely will not come to American to fight him over there. Golovkin actually lives in Germany, but he’s been fighting in the United States for the past five years because he feels that’s the place where the biggest fights are made and he wants to become a star over there.
According to Sky Sports, Saunders is saying that he’s not getting the money that he asked for from Golovkin’s team for a fight against him. Since he’s not going to be getting the money that he wanted, then he wants Golovkin to agree to fight him in the UK. In other words, Saunders does not want to give Golovkin everything in the negotiations. If he’s not going to get the money that he originally asked for, which is said to be 4 million pounds [$6.5 million], then he wants Golovkin to travel to the UK to fight him.
If the Golovkin-Saunders is a sellout at Wembley Stadium in London, England, then I could see Golovkin gladly taking the fight over there. The problem is that it’s highly unlikely that a Golovkin vs. Saunders fight could sell out Wembley. If this were Golovkin vs. Carl Froch, then yes, it would most definiotely sell out Wembley, because fans would see it as a competitive fight that could be won by Froch.
However, Saunders is not in the same league as Froch, and isn’t as well-known by the British boxing fans. The ones that know him realize that he would be over his head against a talented guy like Golovkin. As such, they might not be as eager to come to London and pay their hard-earned money to watch Saunders be massacred by Golovkin.
This would be good for Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions to call Saunders’ bluff to see if he really is serious about facing Golovkin in the UK. It’s more likely that Saunders’ promoter will be singing a different tune about making the Golovkin fight. It’s more likely he’ll take Saunders in another direction for his next fight and keep him nice and safe far from a dangerous fighter like Golovkin.