Former undisputed middleweight champion Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin 38-1-1 (34) has signed a three-year pact with fledgling sports streaming service DAZN.
The deal will see the 36-year-old Los Angeles-based Kazakh bomber fight six times on the digital network with his return to the ring planned for June. It is expected Golovkin will fight twice a year for the next three years.
“I was a free agent and DAZN gave me the best opportunity. I had other offers but DAZN gives me the opportunity to fight the best and promote my fighters. This was an important decision,” Golovkin said at the press conference to announcing his signing.
DAZN group executive chairman John Skipper said he was excited to have the 160-pound banger on his network.
“I’m happy to have Gennady for six fights. We are very excited. He is a key element of ours. This signing we needed to make. Our intention is to bring the best fights,” Skipper said.
As part of the deal Golovkin will bring across his stable of fighters under the GGG Promotions banner to fight on the DAZN platform.
“This partnership also gives me the opportunity to work with fighters and showcase them on DAZN,” Golovkin said. “I gained a lot of experience in the career. Now I want to share the stage with my fighters and DAZN gives us a good platform.”
Promoter Tom Loeffler was consipious by his absence, leading some pundits to speculate that there had been a falling out. But Golovkin insisted that was not the case.
“I don’t know where this come from. Tom isn’t here for a good reason. My advice is not to pay too much attention to the yellow press,” Golovkin said.
DAZN has established perhaps the strongest stable of middleweight fighters in the world including Golovkin rival and unified 160-poudn champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, IBF beltholder Danny Jacobs, WBO boss Demetrius Andrade and former world champion Billy Joe Saunders.
“To fight Canelo is a reason, but I want the important fights. The idea is to fight the best,” Golovkin said.
“Our attention is to bring fans the best fights. A third fight with Canelo is what people want to see,” Skipper added.
Another name Golovkin is interested in fighting is WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia who is widely expected to move up in weight after his mandatory title defence against Dennis Hogan in Monterrey, Mexico next month.
“I just want to fight the best fighters out there. Munguia, I would love to fight. A move up to 168, sure why not,” Golovkin said.
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