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Golovkin looking to return June 8th at MSG

June 14th is the backup date

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The powers that be continue to drip-feed us information about Gennady Golovkin’s DAZN debut. The latest news from Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times states that “GGG” intends to return to Madison Square Garden on June 8th or, if that doesn’t work, the 14th so as not to compete with Tyson Fury’s June 15th bout on ESPN.

Apparently, my fellow San Antonians failed in their attempt to bring Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO) to the Alamodome.

“San Antonio wants this fight badly, and we don’t care who he fights. If the opponent is good enough for DAZN, he’s good enough for us. Gennady has endeared himself to the fight fans, and while he’d be returning to New York with his [least-known] opponent in quite some time while coming off a loss [to Alvarez], it’d be a huge media event in San Antonio.

“It’d be a great opportunity to make a splash in Texas, and it would help with building the Canelo fight.”

However, Golovkin handlers said talks have been focused on Madison Square Garden, and with just more than two months remaining before the date, the thinking was to stay in New York, where that crowd has long supported Golovkin.

Personally, I’d just give Golovkin a Whataburger. That should sell him on the idea.

As far as his opponent, Brandon Adams recently took himself off the table. The article floats Hassan N’Dam (37-3, 21 KO), though I’m somewhat confused by the wording.

“The Contender” winner Brandon Adams reportedly intends to fight unbeaten middleweight Jermall Charlo on June 15 on Showtime, leaving Golovkin to choose from lesser foes including Cameroon-born Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (37-3, 21 KOs).

Not exactly the most definitive way to put things. If N’Dam does get the call, it’s not the worst matchup in the world, but it’s at least 4.5 years past its best-by date. The Cameroonian veteran won a robbery decision over Ryota Murata in 2017, was stopped in the rematch, and returned after 14 months away to edge Martin Murray in December.

As pointed out elsewhere, there is a bit of appeal on the spectacle side of things. N’Dam has the bizarre mix of a poor chin and incredible recovery, leading to him suffering but bouncing back from knockdowns at an eye-catching rate against power punchers. Golovkin definitely fits the bill.