After absolutely destroying the usually tough, Grzegorz Proksa in a Round 5 knockout victory this past Saturday, Gennady Golovkin has said he wants Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or Sergio Martinez next (per ESPN.com), and he deserves such a shot.
Making his U.S. debut in his bout against Proksa, Golovkin wanted to impress the American fight fans, and he did just that in a fifth-round KO win, retaining his WBA and IBO middleweight titles.
The two fighters Golovkin is calling out, Chavez Jr. and Martinez, are set to face off in a middleweight championship showdown on September 15 in Las Vegas, Nev. and the winner of the bout should give Golovkin a fight sometime next year.
Golovkin might have to face Daniel Geale, who is fresh off his own victory over Felix Sturm this past Saturday, and is also hoping to face the winner of Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez (per ESPN.com).
To make things more interesting, the winner of the Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez fight could challenge the winner of the Golovkin and Geale fight. That could add some more excitement to the division while proving who deserves the big-money fight more.
Golovkin has the power to dispose of both of the middleweight stars, and requiring him to fight Geale first could help prove his worthiness since he lacks big-name wins in his resume.
After such an impressive performance in his last fight, don't expect either Chavez Jr. or Martinez to rush into a fight with Golovkin. Even if Golovkin doesn't land a fight with either of them right away, if he keeps performing the way he did against Proksa, a fight with either of the two middleweight stars will be inevitable.