In one of those "be careful what you wish for" type of situations, Tureano Johnson is making a strong push to get the next fight with the Kazahk knockout artist. Despite his pleas though, it appears that Jorge Sebastian Heiland is the current frontrunner for Golovkin, something Johnson is having a tough time wrapping his head around.
"I want a Golovkin fight bad," the 31-year-old Johnson (18-1 with 13 KOs), a Bahamas-born boxer who works with Gary Shaw Promotions, told me. "Some say Heiland has the better resume. Why? Does his win over a shot Macklin mean more than my performance against Curtis Stevens? Why are people forgetting that I took all of Stevens' power shots and was up 8-1 or 7-2 on everyones' cards going into the tenth. The fact that I got ‘caught' with 51 seconds left somehow erases my work in the entire fight? Was Paul Williams' career garbage because he got caught by Sergio Martinez with one punch? Bottom line Heiland is an opponent. He has four losses and two draws. And some of those were questionable. I have maybe lost five to ten ROUNDS tops as a pro! I'm a 2008 Olympian with over 300 amateur fights. I made the quarterfinals in the Olympics. I trained for five years in Cuba. Ask Guillermo Rigondeaux who deserves the fight! I'm no bum!"
These are strong words coming from a strong guy, but I doubt anybody really would give him a good shot at beating Gennady. Naturally, Gary Shaw who promotes Johnson, felt inclined to back his fighter and offered a few of his own thoughts on the potential fight.
"We like the Tureano-Golovkin fight, and Tureano versus Miguel Cotto as well," he told me. "Either fight is the right one for Tureano. If we don't get Golovkin, maybe we can get the Cotto fight. Tureano is deserving of a big shot. He's worked his way up, he wasn't given anything. As for the loss, that will always be a win in my book and he would be undefeated."
Seriously?! That loss was really a win in your book? Look, despite the fact that he was beating Curtis Stevens on the cards before getting caught, he did in fact get caught, and it seemed to me that it was a fair stoppage. His head was dangling like a bobblehead as Stevens began to unleash punches with impunity at the time of the halt. I'm sure his camp will dispute that but I highly doubt anyone who watched his fight with Stevens was thinking to themselves, "Tureano is the guy to stop the Gennady freight train!" Be that as it may, I'm not going to knock the guy for lobbying for a big fight, it's part of the game.
"And as far as not beating a top fifteen opponent, I have accepted every fight as a pro," he continued. "I have never rejected one fight! I've begged my team to get me these fights with all these guys, but they won't fight me. There's always some excuse when my name comes up. Maybe later...if the money is right...I don't know who he is...he's a bum...They won't fight me!"
Well you know what they say, often times the squeaky wheel gets the grease. So if he keeps talking it up, maybe he'll get what he's asking for.