Gennandy Golovkin is still searching for those big name fights, but is hoping to get at least another 4 fights in this year. For a top-level fighter, no one can really complain about his activity level - he perhaps keeps a busier fight schedule than any other marquee name. This year expects to be no different with Gennady targeting at least four fights in 2015. Particularly, he and his team would like to get any of the following names in the ring: Cotto, Alvarez, Chavez Jr., Froch, or Andre Ward. As it currently stands, it's looking like the first four names on that list are targeting each other for the immediate future. And it's yet to be seen what Roc Nation's plans are with newly acquired Andre Ward, though they say it's big things.
"I respect all champions, and they are all champions," Golovkin said. "I want to show my style to the world."
Short and concise is Gennady - much like his fights end up being. But in the short term, he has Martin Murray in front of him, a decent enough opponent, but one who would appear to be in over his head with the Kazakh native. Some of GGG's team members, however, are still feeling some resistance in getting the top names to get into the ring with him, including Tom Loeffler who promotes Golovkin.
"The excuse that people don't want to fight him because he's too high-risk with too little reward is out the window," Loeffler said. "His opponents are among the best-compensated in the sport because of HBO."
"People are starting to run out of excuses, because Gennady brings big numbers now," Loeffler said. "I'm optimistic that this is our breakout year."
It would appear there's some credence to this narrative, as HBO (who is making a concerted effort to push Golovkin) has been shelling out good money to whomever steps in the ring with him. Abel Sanchez, Golovkin's trainer, expects that all the excuses to not fight Gennady are going to have to come to an end this year.
"In 2015, it's going to get to the point that these guys are going to stop making the excuses that they've been making," Sanchez said. "They're going to have to get into the ring with Gennady. Martin Murray is a tough opponent, but Gennady is going to do what he needs to do on a different level. ... There are guys that are threats to him, but we have to get them in the ring."
Hopefully - we'll at least be able to get a Golovkin-Ward match sometime this year, as Andre could use another big statement after his long hiatus from the sport.