Whilst this seems like a small announcement it actually allows Golvokin special privileges and has been accompanied by a little bit of common sense by the WBA who have allowed Golovkin to take a voluntary title defence rather than face a mismatched foe in a mandatory.
We had expected the WBA to force Golovkin to fight Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10) in a bout that made very little sense. Fletcher shouldn't be in the same ring as Golovkin for his own health and Golovkin shouldn't be forced to take care of such a mundane challenger. Thankfully with the upgrade in title the WBA have sanctioned a bout between Fletcher and once beaten American Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24) for their "regular" belt .
The Fletcher/Jacobs bout has taken Fletcher off of Golovkin's hands and allowed Golovkin to fight against a much more attractive opponent in the form of Daniel Geale (30-2, 16). Although not as attractive as the bout would have been last year, when Geale held the IBF and a version of the WBA title, this is still one of the best bouts to be made in the Middleweight division and a bout that really should prove that Golovkin is a level above many of the fighters, if not all of them, in his division.
The Golvokin/Geale bout is now scheduled to take place on July 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York city and should be a really exciting contest to look forward to even if Golovkin will be the clear betting favourite.
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