WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders says he's got his eyes on a fight against Gennady Golovkin -- so long as the money is right, anyway. Saunders, 26, who recently pulled out of a title defense against Max Bursak because of a hand injury, tells World Boxing News that he expects to be back and ready to go by September.
“September is the plan and I will be meeting with Frank soon to sort an opponent, although at the moment it seems that the big names are looking elsewhere. We get people contacting us all the time but they never really show too much intent. It’s a lot easier to talk up a fight but when it comes to signing papers it becomes a nightmare - that’s the side people don’t see."
Saunders goes on to say that he was never formally offered a fight with Golovkin in the past, and that only his potential purse had come up for discussion. He says if the money is where he feels it should be, along with fair judging, he'll be happy to take on Golovkin.
But Golovkin isn't the only potential big fight out there for Saunders, who also says he's been in contact with Canelo Alvarez's team. Saunders says he refuses to fight Canelo below the division limit of 160lbs and that he considers Canelo a coward for vacating his WBC world title in an effort to avoid facing Golovkin.
“My team has been speaking to Canelo’s team and they’re not sure whether he wants to fight at 160. He wants to fight at a lower weight but it’s all just to avoid Golovkin. I would never in a million years go down to 155, I’m a 160 champion, and that’s where I stay. If he wants to fight me, I’ll give him a shot but it’s got to be at the weight.
“There are three names in the hat for this super fight, Golovkin, Canelo and Chris Eubank Jr. but I want the Golovkin fight.”
Saunders may be using the term "super fight" pretty loosely here, but these would be some good match-ups for him. Who would you like to see Saunders take on next?