What it will take to make Ward-Golovkin

K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler, who promotes middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, continues to look for a major fight for GGG, the most feared fighter in boxing and its most destructive knockout artist this side of light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev.

Loeffler and Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) have made it clear they are interested in fights with any big name from junior middleweight to super middleweight, including opponents such as middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, Mexican star Canelo Alvarez (although they are fighting each other this fall), super middleweight champion Andre Ward or former super middleweight titlist Carl Froch, who has not fought for a year, is considering retirement and not shown any genuine interest in fighting GGG, going to far as to say in an interview on British television that fighters would be wise to “swerve Golovkin like the plague.” Apparently, he is following his own advice.

Golovkin especially would like to unify belts at middleweight. Loeffler hopes titlist David Lemieux and Golden Boy Promotions will have a change of heart and show interest in a fall fight. Titleholder Andy Lee is out of the picture for the fall because he is making his mandatory defense against Billy Joe Saunders.

Loeffler said Golovkin would be more than happy to have a fall fight with Ward (28-0, 15 KOs), who returned from a 19-month layoff last month to pummel hapless Paul Smith for nine one-sided rounds.

Although Golovkin is the bigger draw than Ward in terms of selling tickets and television ratings, Loeffler explained the terms they would be willing to make the fight for.

“GGG is now clearly the ‘A’ side yet Ward still would want to dictate terms, which makes no sense,” Loeffler said. “GGG would fight Ward on a 50-50 basis, the best 160-pounder versus the best 168-pounder [at] 164 [and] a 50-50 split on all proceeds. But it seems like Ward needs more tuneup fights.”