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Warren gives Golovkin 10 days to finalize Saunders fight

Billy Joe Saunders has reportedly agreed to take on Gennady Golovkin on June 10, but demands Golovkin sign the contract soon.

Billy Joe Saunders Press Conference Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images

The promoter of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, Frank Warren, says it’s “time to put up or shut up” about a unification fight with Gennady Golovkin. Warren tells ESPN that there’s an offer on the table to make the Golovkin fight on June 10, with mutually agreeable financial terms, but that they aren’t going to wait around for Golovkin to make it official. Warren says Golovkin has 10 days to sign off on the deal or else they’ll look to make a fight elsewhere.

Golovkin has long asserted that his goal is to win all four major title belts and Saunders holds the last trinket - so you would think this would be pretty cut and dry if money and location is all settled.

"Golovkin says his dream is to hold all the belts, well we can make his dream a reality. All he needs to do is sign the contract. Wherever and whenever they want. Billy is a traveller by name and nature so will fight him anywhere - Kazakhstan, America or England.

"But we're not going to keep waiting. If something is not done in the next ten days we're going to have move on.

"Financially the terms have been agreed and it's just whether they want to do it or not."

There are some who speculate that Golovkin is waiting on the opportunity to break the bank in a big showdown with Canelo Alvarez this fall, but Canelo’s team has already stated that they’re not going to budge from the offer they have on the table, particularly considering Golovkin’s recent PPV numbers.

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