Economically the fight that makes sense, morally, not so much. Despite Canelo’s suspension leaving him unable to compete until September the rematch will probably, inevitably happen, largely to do with how much money it will make, but also because Golovkin would want to make official what he believes he did the first time, and that is beat his Mexican rival. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya, of Golden Boy Promotions, has already cited his intention to schedule the rematch, although ‘GGG’ has options to unify or eliminate a rising contender, but the thrilling yet controversial fight between the two pound-for-pound contenders will likely happen again.
The fight that makes the most sense for Golovkin’s legacy and one the Kazakh has confirmed he would like to make. Saunders holds the one thing in the way of GGG completing ultimate unification in the middleweight division, the WBO world title. The bout would be for all the straps with the winner becoming unified middleweight champion, Saunders previously came close making the fight Golovkin last June, however the Kazakh went with Canelo instead.
Danny Jacobs arguably gave Golovkin his toughest test to date when he challenged the Kazakh in 2017 with many feeling the New Yorker edged a close decision. After beating Maciej Sulęcki this month, the ‘Miracle Man’ became WBA mandatory for the middleweight title which could be vital factor for pushing through a rematch many would like to see after the explosive first encounter.
- Jermall Charlo
A rising star in the 160lbs division, former IBF light-middleweight champion Charlo is undefeated in 27 fights showing power and technical boxing ability the Texan could well become a fixture on the pound for pound list in the coming years. Golovkin taking a fight with Charlo now would be a good chance to eliminate a promising fighter while he is yet to gain high level world championship experience. A fight between the two is possible after Charlo’s latest knockout win against Hugo Centeno Jr which made the unbeaten American mandatory for Golovkin’s WBC title.
- Sergey Derevyanchenko
The least desirable, but one of the most likely. Sergey Derevyanchenko finds himself ranked as mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s IBF belt. When Vanes Martirosyan was initially announced as Golovkin’s replacement opponent the IBF considered stripping the Kazakh, however the governing body allowed him to keep his belt with the title not being on the line in his last fight and on the proviso he defended it against Derevyanchenko in his next bout. If Golovkin is to try and fulfill his goal of becoming undisputed middleweight champion he will likely have to take this fight as the IBF have a history of keeping their word.