Last Saturday, Gennady Golovkin produced a clinical and devastating performance against previously undefeated Kell Brook. Brook bravely battled for five rounds before he was pulled out by his corner; we subsequently found out that he had broken his eye socket in the second session.
The unbeaten Kazakh now faces another painstaking wait to find out who will be in the opposite corner when he next steps into the ring, but who is in line for a shot at derailing the pound-for-pound superstar.
Billy Joe Saunders holds the only middleweight world title belt that isn’t in the possession of GGG. After his fight on the undercard of Fury-Klitschko in Manchester, Saunders looks to be the most obvious choice for another mammoth clash on these shores.
Straight after Golovkin’s win over Brook, the WBA announced that Danny Jacobs would be the mandatory challenger to the aforementioned. Jacobs currently holds a version of the middleweight world crown, and is coming off an impressive display against Sergio Mora in his last title defence. The WBA have given the two camps 30 days to negotiate the fight, and the fight has to happen within 120 days.
Chris Eubank Jr was in line for a shot against Triple G before negotiations hit a number of obstacles regarding petty requests from Team Eubank. Immediately after the Brook fight, both Eubank Sr and Jr became vocal on social media, making clear their intentions of making a fight with the undisputed middleweight king.
Next weekend, Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith will clash for Smith’s WBO light middleweight crown in America. Canelo’s apparent ‘ducking’ of Golovkin has been well documented over the past few months after he vacated his WBC middleweight title to move down to challenge Smith instead of fulfilling his mandatory obligation to fight GGG. A clash between Canelo and Golovkin would be mouthwatering, but first Canelo has to get past a tough test on Saturday.
Elsewhere, there are options for the unified champion up at super middleweight. James Degale and Gilberto Ramirez hold world crowns which would bring lucrative pay days, although Golovkin’s team don’t seem too keen on moving up until they have each and every world title belt at middleweight.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15