IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is injured and that is the reason why the contract with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders hasn’t been signed. This is what Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren is reporting. The delay in the singing of the contract has some thinking that Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler’s main priority is trying to get the fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez signed for September.
That’s a fight where Golovkin will make a tremendous amount of money. How much is unclear. Golden Boy promotions originally were thinking of giving Golovkin a $15 million flat fee for the Canelo fight. This would be without PPV upside. But after the news broke about Golovkin’s March 18 fight against Daniel Jacobs bringing in 170,000 buys on HBO PPV, the offer was pulled by Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya.
The injury report could be Golovkin potentially stalling to give his promoter more time to negotiate the Canelo fight for September. There is a possibility that Golovkin might have been injured in the Jacobs fight. Golovkin didn’t do very well in the fight. GGG was fighting like he didn’t want to push the fight against Jacobs. Was the reason for Golovkin’s timid style because of an injury? I doubt it.
If the injury is a real one, then the question that boxing fans would like to know is when did the injury occur – during the Jacobs fight or after? The fans would like to know the seriousness of the injury. If Golovkin has a serious injury, he may not be able to fight for a long time. I don’t expect Golovkin’s training team and management to reveal what the injury is or reveal it at all, because that doesn’t seem like their style.
There were reports that Golovkin was ill for the Kell Brook fight. If you saw Golovkin during the last 2 weeks before the Brook fight, you’ll know that he looked really sick. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez maintained that GGG was not ill. But he sure looked sick, and he fought like he wasn’t 100 percent.
Golden Boy hasn’t been bashful in letting Golovkin’s promoter know that they do not want GGG to take the June 10 fight against Billy Joe Saunders. They say they don’t want him to take the fight because it could ruin the plans for the Canelo-Golovkin fight for September. I don’t know if that’s what they really feel. I think it might be a situation where Golden Boy knows they have no chance of stopping Golovkin from fighting Saunders, but they’re going to warn him anyway not to take that fight because they might want an excuse for not fighting GGG in September.
If Golovkin takes the fight with Saunders in June, Golden Boy will have an excuse for not letting him fight Canelo. I think Golovkin is going to take the fight with Saunders in June because there’s too much money in that fight for him to pass it up. Besides, Golovkin wants to win the WBO middleweight title. If he passes up the chance to fight Saunders, he may not ever get another opportunity. If Golovkin faces Saunders now, he has a great chance of winning the fight. Assuming that Golovkin gets beaten by Canelo in September, he would have at least won all the titles and held them for a short period of time. Golovkin wants to move up to super middleweight after this year. He can then go after all the titles in the next division.
It sure would in interesting to know if Golovkin has a real injury or not. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a fake one. I didn’t see many punches that landed on Golovkin in the fight. It was Jacobs who had puffed up face at the end of the night. Both of his eyes were swollen up from Golovkin’s jabs and occasional power shots. They didn’t definitely were hard shots for them to do the damage to his face like that.
Shawn Porter talks about Andre Berto getting fight advice by Keith Thurman
Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto was given advice by WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith “One Time’ Thurman in how to defeat Shawn Porter in their fight on April 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Instead of getting upset by the advice given by Thurman, Porter doesn’t care at all. Porter has no problems with Thurman feeding the 33-year-old Berto tips in how to beat Porter. It’ll still be very difficult for Berto to be able to carry out Thurman’s plans. Porter is a very good fighter, and Thurman barely beat him in their fight last year.
“The object of the game is to win by any means necessary,” said Porter to Fighthype.com about the Berto fight. “It doesn’t bother me the fact that Keith reached out to Andre. The more power to both of them. You still got to go in there and implement what Keith said,” said Porter.
The things that Thurman was able to do against Porter were using a hit and move style. Thurman was able to use it because of his quick feet and his ability to move. Berto is older, and he’s never been able to move well. It might not be possible for Berto to run around the ring to avoid the incoming shots from Porter the way Thurman did. He was fast on his feet against Porter, and even then, he still barely won the fight. I think Berto might be too stationary for him to have a chance of beating Porter.
Getting advice from Thurman in how to beat someone like Porter might work if Berto was a younger fighter, and with a better set of wheels. If Berto had youth, good mobility and time to take tune-up fights to test the style that Thurman wants him to adopt, then might have a chance of successfully using it against Porter. He’s not going to be able to use that advice at this point in his career. It would be smarter for Berto to use what got him to this point by trusting in his power to try and win.