By Tim Nielson: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) will be in action on May 16th against an opponent still to be determined on HBO if Golovkin gets past his next challenger Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) on February 21st at the Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Golovkin wants to get a big pay-per-view fight against WBC champion Miguel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Carl Froch, but it’s extremely unlikely that any of those fights will fall into Golovkin’s lap as early as May.
“100% now. If GGG wins next month he is supposed to be back on HBO on May 16,” Dan Rafael of ESPN said on his twitter.
Golovkin first has to get past Murray before he can start worrying about who he plans on facing in May, because Murray could prove to be a really tough obstacle for him. He’s no easy out, as we’ve seen in his fights against Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm.
Golovkin will need to bring his A-game if he wants to win this fight, because Murray will be bringing to him all night long with his size and excellent defense.
Golovkin would like to face the highly ranked #2 WBC David Lemieux, but Golden Boy Promotions, who recently signed Lemieux, probably isn’t going to let him face anyone as good as Golovkin next. Instead of letting him fight Golovkin, Golden Boy will likely save Lemieux to put him in with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez because that’s a potentially big fight for the red-headed Canelo.
There are some tough contenders in the middleweight division that could give Golovkin a good fight like #8 WBC Tureano Johnson, but that’s not the big fight that Golovkin was looking for. It’s also a potentially tough scrape that Golovkin would struggle in if Johnson is able to withstand his power in order to land his own big shots. Golovkin struggled in the past to defeat Kassim Ouma in a brawl in 2011. Johnson could prove every bit as difficult as Ouma was for Golovkin.