Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions recently spoke to Ring Magazine regarding Gennady Golovkin’s future. As previously reported, the Golovkin/Canelo trilogy will not happen immediately. Canelo’s camp are targeting a December return, with an eye for defending the newly won middleweight title against David Lemieux.
Golovkin will likely sit out for the remainder of 2018. However, in the interview Loeffler clarified that Golovkin’s camp will not pursue the trilogy fight next. Golovkin looks to face a different opponent before the anticipated rematch he could face Billy Joe Saunders or Ryoto Murata.
This would make the eventual trilogy fight even bigger. The narrative would be bolstered by Golovkin and Canelo going away and beating big name opponents first.
Furthermore, Saunders currently holds the WBO strap and Murata, the WBA ‘regular’ title. Should Golovkin win, there would be another belt at play against Canelo.
Usually after two fights, fans get burnt-out on a rivalry. There is little interest in seeing a third fight. This is not the case with Golovkin/Canelo.
The first fight was ruled a draw, to the outrage of most spectators. The second fight polarised the fandom. Some believed the decision in favour of Canelo was correct, others that Golovkin was robbed and some that it was a tie.
If the rivalry is given time to marinate further, fans will be salivating for the third meeting.
Source: Ring TV