Golovkin-Chocolatito training camp notes
Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez held a joint media workout on Wednesday afternoon to discuss their September 10 bouts, which will both air on HBO from two different locations.
Golovkin will defend his middleweight titles against current welterweight titlist Kell Brook from The O2 in London, while Gonzalez makes the leap to junior bantamweight to challenge Carlos Cuadras for his title belt.
“Right now my focus is on Kell Brook, he signed the contract and that’s who I’m ready to fight, I have a great deal of respect for him,” said Golovkin.
“This is my first fight in England and I’m very excited to fight in a new country.”
Asked about winning another title at 160, Golovkin said, “Yes I want to unify the middleweight division titles but I don’t know if WBO Champion Billy Jo Saunders will fight me.”
Golovkin also showed little interest in moving up to 168 pounds, noting that he isn’t confident any of the champions would actually sign to fight him and added that he’s comfortable at 160.
Pressed about other possible opponents at 160, Golovkin said, “Just too much talking about fighting me, Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch they are acting like clowns with no respect for the sport. I’m here now, sign the contract and fight me, any of them, doesn’t matter which one.”
For his part, Chocolatito discussed his enjoyment of training in Big Bear.
“I love it up here in Big Bear, training at the home base of Gennady Golovkin. I would like to train here for all my future fights. It’s a blessing to be up here, running with Gennady in the morning, he’s a great person.”
As it pertains to going up in weight to challenge Cuadras, Chocolatito stated that “My weight is not a problem, moving up to super flyweight, the extra three pounds helps me.”
“Yes, Cuadras talks a lot, but I don’t take it personally, if that’s what he has to do to pump himself up, it’s no problem for me. I’ll be ready to fight on September 10th.”
“I dedicate this fight to my mentor Alexis Arguello, I know how badly he wanted a fourth divisional championship and I want to do this for him.”
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