London could stage Billy Joe Saunders' unification fight with Gennady Golovkin

Declan Taylor
Evening Standard
London fight? Plans for a fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Gennady Golovkin could be finalised this week: Getty Images
London fight? Plans for a fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Gennady Golovkin could be finalised this week: Getty Images

Billy Joe Saunders' unification clash with undefeated world champion Gennady Golovkin could be headed to London with plans set to be finalised this week.

Kazakh superstar Golovkin retained his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight titles by narrowly outpointing Danny Jacobs at Madison Square Garden, New York on Saturday night and immediately turned his attention to Saunders.

The Hatfield man is the current incumbent of the WBO belt so stands in the way of Golovkin's dream to unify all four of the titles before the end of the year.

As such, the 34-year-old, who moved to 37-0 following Saturday's victory, described a showdown with Saunders as his 'dream' revealing that he '100 per cent' wants to face the 2008 Olympian in his next fight.

Saunders' promoter Frank Warren has already been in discussions with Golovkin's K2 Promotions management about a summer showdown, with a June 10 date in Astana, Kazakhstan reportedly close to completion.

However Tom Loeffler of K2 last night opened the door to a return to England for 'Triple G' instead.

He said: “It's been Gennady's dream to unite the titles. We wanted to fight Billy Joe last year but we weren't able to work that out with Frank and the Saunders side.

“The talk of Kazakhstan is kind of premature. June would be one date. We have to see all the logistics. Once we get a date we can see if we can do something with Billy Joe .

“Having the fight in the UK is always a possibility. This was a full house at Madison Square Garden but the O2 sold out in 11 minutes when Gennady fought Kell Brook.

“Their preference would be the UK. But I have to sit down with Frank this week and see how realistic it is. If Kazakhstan doesn't work out, the UK in the summer time is always an option.”

The clash with Golovkin will be Saunders' first since joining Surrey-based trainer Adam Booth, who steered David Haye to world titles at two different weights.

And Booth firmly believes his new charge, unbeaten in 24 professional fights, has what it takes to inflict Golovkin's first defeat and become unified world champion.

Booth said: “I saw enough in Billy Joe a long time ago to know he is capable of winning this fight.

“You have to thrive on competition as a fighter and a coach and the bigger the challenge, the more you have to thrive on it and there is no bigger mountain than Golovkin.”

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