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Gennady Golovkin dismisses opinions of Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, and Froch

Gennady Golovkin is tired of hearing fighters talk about him but refusing to face him in the ring.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

By now we should all be pretty well aware of the conundrum Gennady Golovkin has found himself in. With a fearsome reputation and a 22 consecutive knockout streak, big name fights are just simply hard to come by.

At one point Golovkin hoped to land himself a marquee fight against Carl Froch in what would've been a big money-maker. The fight was in discussions, but after deliberating his options Froch opted to stay retired rather than return for Golovkin.

Soon thereafter Canelo Alvarez would become the main target for Golovkin after winning the WBC middlweight title against Miguel Cotto. Golovkin had hoped for a title unification fight with Canelo next month, but Alvarez instead opted to vacate his middleweight title rather than face Golovkin so soon.

So Golovkin turned his attention to the only other middleweight titleholder in Billy Joe Saunders. But that too was not meant to be as Saunders effectively priced himself out of the fight, leaving Golovkin to look for the next best thing.

The next best thing appeared to be a fight with Chris Eubank Jr., who by then was actively calling out Golovkin in public for a middleweight showdown. But with the clock ticking for Golovkin to schedule his next fight and Eubank Jr. seemingly content to tuck the contract under his bed rather than signing it, Golovkin and his team felt like they had no more time to waste. Enter Kell Brook...

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn offered the same contract that was offered to Eubank Jr. to IBF welterweight titlist Kell Brook, who jumped at the opportunity to make a big statement for himself. Brook promptly signed-on to jump two weight classes to challenge Golovkin for his middleweight titles, all while many fighters and fans ridiculed Golovkin for fighting a smaller opponent.

Well, Golovkin is a bit sick of all the talk -- particularly from all those who refused to fight him in the first place. He even takes some exception to Carl Froch recently ranking him eighth on his pound-for-pound list as a pundit for Sky Sports. Froch asserts that #8 is a justifiable position for Golovkin since he believes his reputation is built more on gym stories than his actual accomplishments in the ring. To all of them Golokvin responds:

"There's just too much talking about fighting me, Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch they are acting like clowns with no respect for the sport," said Golovkin.

"I'm here now, sign the contract and fight me, any of them, doesn't matter which one. I want to unify the middleweight division titles but I don't know if Billy Joe Saunders will fight me."

Some have suggested that Golovkin look upwards to super middleweight for greater challenges, but Golovkin just doesn't see that as a better option for him.

"Move up to 168 for what, who is going to fight me there, which champion at that weight will agree to fight me for a big fight."

Golovkin finished by saying that he's just a regular-sized middleweight who is able to make 160lbs comfortably, and thus has no immediate intentions of leaving the division.

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