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Chavez suggests Golovkin fights Kovalev to gain popularity

Sergey Kovalev. Photo © RIA Novosti Sergey Kovalev. Photo © RIA Novosti

The former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chaves does not want to fight against the WBA (Super), IBO and WBC Interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports citing Vesti.kz.

Earlier, Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs) offered Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) a $1 million bet. Chavez bet one million on knocking out Golovkin in a fight.

But now it seems, the Mexican boxer has changed his mind. Chavez said that Golovkin was not well enough known in the United States and needed to gain popularity. Interestingly, Chavez’s next fight is against light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs), who is not a well-known boxer.

“I am fighting [Andrzej] Fonfara now because I like big opponents. I like the challenge of fighting good, hungry fighters. Just because Fonfara doesn’t have the name recognition of other fighters, it doesn’t make him an easy fighter. He’s tough,” Chavez said.

As for Golovkin, Chavez advised Triple G to fight bigger fighters and gain recognition. “You [Golovkin] need to beat more opposition. He needs to beat other stars, like the winner of Andy Lee/Peter Quillin. Or come to 168(…) he tells the press he beat Kovalev in the gym…why doesn’t he fight Kovalev,” Chavez Jr said via Fighthype.

Meanwhile, Golovkin said that he was planning to unify all middleweight titles, which meant not moving up in the weight division to Kovalev’s light heavyweight in the foreseeable future.

Golovkin’s next fight takes place in Los Angeles at The Forum against a southpaw Willie Monroe Jr on May 16.

By Gyuzel Kamalova