Undefeated middleweight champion and phenom Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO's) has spent that last two years trying to get a big name into the ring with him. Last year Carl Froch (33-1, 24 KO's) stated that he would "avoid Golovkin like the plague" when asked about what he thought of fighting him. Froch's tune seems to be changing, and with that, Golovkin's team is all smiles.
Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, has been adamant in doing one the last two years. He's been trying to get Golovkin matched up against the biggest names in the sport of boxing. Miguel Cotto, Peter Quillin, and Saul Canelo Alvarez are not interested yet, if ever. They almost had Julio Cesar Chavez Jr last year before Chavez Jr pulled what many fans called one of the biggest duck moves they've ever seen. It's been tough for Golovkin's team as they have continued to keep him active overmatched fighters that he has completely destroyed. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel even if it is very dim right now. Carl Froch's tune seems to have changed since his "plague" remark. Froch was trying to land a Chavez Jr fight in Vegas as a stage to sail into the sunset in what would be his final boxing match. Chavez Jr failed to win what was supposed to be a tune-up fight against Andrzej Fonfara in April destroying any hopes of a Froch-Chavez Jr showdown. Now, Froch has limited options that will motivate him to step into the ring one more time. He's dismissed James Degale as an opponent even if he were to beat Andre Dirrell this coming weekend. The Hopkins fight died before they could even begin likely because of the public's lack of interest. It seemed that Froch was headed towards retirement until promoter Eddie Hearn advised Boxingscene.com that Carl Froch was interested in facing Golovkin.
After seeing Froch's promoter say that negotiations have began to have Carl Froch face Gennady Golovkin, I asked Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler if that was indeed true. Froch didn't seem interested in the fight before so why now? Loeffler confirmed that talks have opened to have a Golovkin-Froch showdown, though the time, place, weight, and all that good stuff has yet to even be discussed. Loeffler thinks that maybe Froch understands his options are slim, and with the ratings and number that Golovkin is doing fighting unknown names, maybe Froch understands that this is could be a huge event that could generate alot of money for him before he retires. Again, the talks are early, but they are happening, which is great news for boxing fans to hear.