Gennady Golovkin targets unification fight after Sergiy Derevyanchenko clash

Gennady Golovkin will target a unification showdown in 2020 assuming he can overcome Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

Golovkin will bid to become a two-time middleweight world champion on Saturday when he fights for the second time since his defeat by Canelo Alvarez last year.

Canelo has distanced himself from a trilogy fight but Golovkin could take on Demetrius Andrade at middleweight or move up to challenge Callum Smith or Billy Joe Saunders at super-middleweight.

“Right now is a good time for a business deal,” he told SecondsOut. “My focus right now is 100 per cent on Derevyanchenko. If I beat him, I want unification. I want big names and I want a lot.



Gennady Golovkin works out in New York

“Every fight for me is like a championship fight. I feel like a champion. I’m excited. I want. I’m hungry. I have six fights.

“Every fight is important for me, and I want bigger, bigger and bigger. Step by step. I want a big fight, I want a big name.”

Derevyanchenko lost his last world title challenge against Daniel Jacobs and Golovkin believes this is the Russian’s last chance at the top level.

He said: “For him it’s maybe his last chance. We have a new idea. I want to show you on Saturday night. Not right now. It’s not so friendly.

“I know him a couple of times, I remember. He was good. I have a great team.”



Golovkin returns to action this weekend

Derevyanchenko, meanwhile, insists he is ready for the challenge,

He said: “I have had a fantastic camp in California and I have to thank my trainers Andre Rozier and Gary Stark Sr, my conditioning coach Sergiy Koncheskyy Jr and Mike Bazzell and Victor Conte for allowing me to work at their excellent facilities.

“I have had some excellent sparring for this camp with the likes of Edgar Berlenga Jr and many other top-quality talents who have really pushed me and I am very appreciative of all the hard work they have put in with me. They have made me more than ready for the challenge of Golovkin.”

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