MUNDINE OPEN TO GOLOVKIN FIGHT
By TOM WATT on July 21 2015
In a statement released yesterday, Anthony Mundine’s team stated they are looking to fight the best in the business and even would be open to fighting Middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin! See a segment of yesterday’s statement below:
“Anthony has expressed his desire to fight the best and biggest names in Boxing. He is in perfect condition to perform as he did against Sergey Rabchenko to win the WBC 154 Silver Title. If we can’t secure a fair deal with anyone or fight for the full WBC 154 title (Mayweather or other if vacated), he will defend his WBC Silver Title and would even like to fight Gennady Golovkin at a catch-weight 156lb to further prove himself against the best fighters of our era."
The above is part of a longer statement (which can be seen here) regarding the recent contract break-down between Mundine and Andrade’s teams as they looked to organise a fight in Melbourne for Andrade’s WBO Title, despite Andrade agreeing to fight in Australia, Mundine was unable to accept the clauses in the contract that included tying Choc down to a 3 fight deal if he was to be successful – a rematch with Andrade and a fight with another of Al Haymon’s stable.
Attention will now turn to who else may be on the horizon for Mundine as he looks to carve his way to another World Title, he has stated his desire to continue down the WBC route and once Floyd Mayweather reties then he will attempt to secure a fight for that vacant title. However, an opportunity to fight one of the Sports biggest names could see him stray from this path and Gennady Golovkin would certainly fit that bill. Whether or not GGG would be likely to step down in weight to fight Mundine is yet to be seen but given he was open to fighting Mayweather at 154 lbs then a fight with Mundine at 156 lbs wouldn’t be completely out of the question.
Given the beating that Golovkin put on Mundine’s compatriot and long-standing rival Daniel Geale last year, the odds would be heavily stacked against ‘The Man’, particularly after Clottey was able to drop him five times in their fight last year and is not known for being nearly as heavy a hitter as the Kazakh Destroyer. However, a win for Mundine would see him elevated to the top of the sport and there is no doubt it would be a fight that excited Boxing fans in Australia where Mundine has been a PPV fighter since his debut back in 2000 so there would potentially be money to bring GGG to Australia – something Mundine’s team have tried to do with Canelo Alvarez and Andrade in recent times although Mundine has said in multiple interviews that he is more than happy to travel to the States for the big fights at 154 lbs.
With GGG looking to remain one of the Sports most active fighters the possibility of a fight with Mundine remains a possibility but with the possibility of fighting for the WBC 154 lbs Title on the horizon it may not be the smartest move for the self-proclaimed ‘Wonder from Down Under’ if he truly wants to add another World Title to his resume before retiring, this is Boxing however and anything is possible.
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