Gennady Golovkin is in talks with Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders over a middleweight unification bout this summer.
The concussive Kazakh puncher won a unanimous decision over his American opponent in a pulsating fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden to extend his perfect fight record to 37 wins from 37 fights.
KO percentage: 89%
Titles held: WBA, WBC, IBF
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS
KO percentage: 50%
Titles held: WBO
And his promoter Frank Warren revealed that discussions have already taken place ahead of a bout, most likely to be in Kazakhstan in June.
‘Golovkin-Jacobs was a fantastic fight and I thought Golovkin won it by a couple of rounds,’ Warren told Boxing News.
‘We’re trying to make that fight [Golovkin-Saunders] but whether we can get it done I don’t know. I thought there were some things that will encourage Bill in that fight, when Jacobs turned southpaw that was when he was most successful.
‘Bill’s a big middleweight and obviously a southpaw and Bill’s tough, he’s got a good chin. It’s an intriguing situation but we’ve got to get it over the line. We are talking and we’ll see where it goes.’
Saunders was not ringside for the clash in New York as he continues work in the UK alongside new trainer Adam Booth.
The 27-year-old made a successful first defence towards the end of last-16 with an underwhelming points win over Artur Akavov.
After the final bell, Saunders branded his performance ‘terrible’ and said: ‘I’ve called Golovkin out, but on that performance I want to be embarrassed.’
Three months on, however, the WBO champion is confident he will go one step further than Jacobs and beat the Kazakh to unify the division.
‘I have been told a certain date by Golovkin’s team so I know what to expect,’ he told iFL TV.
‘I know what game plan you need to execute to give you the best chance of beating him. Danny Jacobs did a very good job but there are a couple things I think he should have done a bit differently.
He added: ‘[Golovkin’s] dream fight is me. I am willing to deliver that but it won’t be a very good dream for him, I have a very good feeling it will be a nightmare.’