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Gennady Golovkin’s search for ‘TBA’ goes on

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Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Gennady Golovkin (L) delivers a fistfull of pain to Willie Monroe Jr. Photo by Naoki Fukuda

The mainstreamification of Gennady Golovkin continues, with the fighting pride of Kazakhstan appearing on ESPN’s “SportsNation” today, chatting with “Mensa” Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley.

Triple G told the fellas that he’s amped for the Wednesday ESPY awards show and also that he’d very much like to capture the winner of the nearing-fruition Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto fight, which should likely unfold in November. That bout, to establish supremacy at junior middleweight-plus, will probably see the winner glove up with Golovkin, his promoter, Tom Loeffler told me.

Of course, he said, he’d love a crack at pound-for-pound supremacist Floyd Mayweather Jr., and would even carve and starve down to 154 to snag that opp, but no, Loeffler hasn’t heard of any glimmers of interest from the Floyd crew in that vein.

Next for Golovkin, apart from hoping he gets his name called for the Best Fighter award Wednesday, is an October fight against TBA.

Might that be David Lemieux? Could be, Loeffler told me, but there’s nothing new on that front. Lemieux engaged in a fun rumble and built up his rep as a fan-friendly brawler a few weeks ago against Hassan N’Dam; HBO would like to see Golovkin-Lemieux but Team Lemieux might like that to marinate a bit more. Regardless, Loeffler said he thinks Team Triple G will be cementing a foe and specifics sometime in August.

“HBO is completely on board with Golovkin-Lemieux but it’s up to (Lemieux’s) team, what they think is best for him,” Loeffler said.

WBO 160 champ Andy Lee is booked – he’s fighting Billy Joe Saunders in Ireland in September – so he’s out of the equation, and Al Haymon boxer Danny Jacobs is the wrong party affiliation to enter into the Golovkin mix. Lemieux, the IBF titlist, has to deal with a mandatory but that foe hasn’t been determined yet, so the timing would seem to be in favor for Golovkin-Lemieux if the Canadian crew likes the purse.

The Carl Froch concept seems DOA for now, said Loeffler, and the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pairing has lost luster now that Junior is seeking to rebuild his cred.

Andre Ward isn’t being talked about, he said, and it’s immaterial to discuss a catchweight until, if and when Roc Nation and Ward and Team Golovkin get beyond the mild flirting stage. “If the fight looks like it’s possible, the weight is something we’ll discuss,” Loeffler said. “Anyway, you can ask HBO, two years ago they showed us a list of possibles, and Ward was on it; we said yes to all of them.”

Loeffler said he likes Gennady’s chances to win the ESPY – he’s up against Mayweather and Terence Crawford, and MMAers Ronda Rousey and Donald Cerrone – because of his international appeal and the way his fighting style and personality speak to wide swaths of the populace. “He has I think a very good chance of winning,” Loeffler said.

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