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Andy Lee could have a very interesting fight on the horizon

Gennady Golovkin’s promoter says he wants to unify the middleweight division.

Gennady Golovkin is regarded as one of the boxing world's very best.
Gennady Golovkin is regarded as one of the boxing world's very best.
Image: Lionel Cironneau/AP/Press Association Images

GENNADY GOLOVKIN’S PROMOTER has raised the prospect of the Kazakh fighter taking on Ireland’s Andy Lee as he bids to unify the middleweight division.

Responding to an interview in which unbeaten super middleweight WBA champion Andre Ward claimed ‘GGG’ was running scared of a fight, Tom Loeffler said his fighter’s focus at the moment was on taking care of his own weight division before even considering Ward.

Golovkin — the WBA champion — will fight IBF champion David Lemieux of Canada on 17 October. He is expected to come through that bout and is then the designated mandatory challenger for the winner of the WBC title fight between Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez in November.

Loffler told the LA Times that landing that bout would be far more lucrative than fighting Ward and — if Golovkin can beat both Lemieux and Cotto/Alvarez winner — his focus would immediately switch to unifying his division, with Andy Lee currently possessing the WBO title.

Of course, any potential contest is still some time away and would depend on Lee retaining his title but, as motivations go — a unification bout with one of the pound for pound best fighters on the planet — it’s not a bad one.

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