Gennady Golovkin is the “Number one choice” for a Anfield blockbuster with Callum Smith in May, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Smith who recently won the WBA ‘Super’ and Ring magazine super-middleweight titles, as well as the World Boxing Super Series final, against George Groves in September, is now targeting a homecoming title defence in Liverpool.
Hearn confirmed the first contact with Golovkin and his team has been made, whose long reign at middleweight was controversially ended in a rematch against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, and the Matchroom promoter believes a mega fight with the Kazakh, potentially in May, could sell out Anfield, the 54,000 ground capacity of Liverpool FC.
Eddie speaking on events has been quoted as saying “I’ve spoken to Tom Loeffler [‘GGG’s promoter] about it before,” “not since the press conference last week though.
“That’s my No 1 choice for Callum Smith.
“I think it’s a fight that fills Anfield. It’s a great profile fight, it’s a great fight, full stop.
“Also, for Golovkin it gives him a chance to move up, do what ‘Canelo’ is doing, fight for the ‘Super’ title, and also for the ‘Ring’ magazine title at 168lbs.”
‘Canelo’ who is also moving up in weight takes on the challenge of facing Rocky Fielding for the WBA ‘regular’ belt at Madison Square Garden on December 15, as the 28-year-old looks to cement his legacy and become a three-weight world champion.
Should “GGG’, who has spent the whole of his 40 fight professional career fighting at middleweight, also make the move to 168lbs is yet to be seen as he targets a trilogy fight with the Mexican superstar.
“If he [Golovkin] is even close to the mark in terms of weight at middleweight, it might be a good option,” Hearn continued.
“But whether he wants to take that risk before a possible third Canelo fight, I don’t know.”