Could We See Andre Ward vs. Gennady Golovkin in the Future?
Andre Ward vs. Gennady Golovkin Still Possible?
For the past couple of years, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has been chasing a fight with boxing’s current biggest superstar, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. GGG has been the middleweight king for the past few years. The Mexican Alvarez won the WBC middleweight title in 2015 after beating Miguel Cotto and followed the performance with a devastating knockout victory over Britain’s Amir Khan. Just when it looked like a superfight between GGG and Canelo was going to be made, Alvarez gave up his title to avoid a mandatory bout with Golovkin.
Golovkin is now set to face Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders, who holds the WBO middleweight title, in June. Assuming GGG beats Saunders, a fight with Canelo Alvarez is supposed to happen in September. However, what would Golovkin do if that fight did not materialize? Andre Ward is currently the undefeated light heavyweight champion of the world; his trainer, Virgil Hunter, has stated recently that Ward is still a super middleweight and can make 168 pounds for a big fight with Golovkin.
Ward’s situation is well-known. The former Olympic gold medalist defeated Sergey Kovalev back in November via controversial decision. There was a rematch clause in place, and now Ward will most likely end up fighting Kovalev again in June. If Ward and Golovkin win their respective summer fights, a superfight could be made at 168 pounds in the Fall or Winter.
Golovkin will be 35 years old in April, and it is doubtful that he sticks around in the 160-pound division for much longer, especially if he cannot secure a fight with Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin wants to unify the titles at middleweight, but he also wants to become the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, a spot currently held by Andre Ward. Beating Ward would not only make him the best fighter in the world, but would also cement his legacy in the sport further.