Gennady Golovkin may not yet be recognised as the undisputed king of the middleweight division but it seems he is already planning on conquering the 168lb weight limit after calling out WBA and IBF world champion Carl Froch.
The feared Kazakh is in action this weekend as he looks to make it 15 straight victories by knockout against another heavy hitter in Curtis Stevens. The pair will clash at Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York and Golovkin remains the firm favourite to retain his unbeaten professional record.
Already the WBA and IBO middleweight champion, Golovkin will be desperate to unify the division by defeating the current number one and WBC title holder Sergio Martinez.
The Argentinian has been on an impressive run, having not lost since 2009 and produced sparkling performances against Darren Barker, Matthe Macklin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr - as well as his stunning one punch knockout of Paul Williams.
Golovkin against Martinez seems an inevitable match-up down the line but it seems the 31-year-old from Kazakhstan already has his sights set on a blockbuster showdown with three-time super middleweight world champion Froch.
"[Froch] is a big guy, a strong guy and a good fighter with good offense," Golovkin told ESPN. "That fight is important and is a great fight for everybody, fans, fighters, HBO; a good deal for everybody. I want the big fight."
The British boxer defends his own titles in November when he faces domestic rival George Groves but he is fast running out of opponents, having already beaten the majority of the top contenders at his weight.
Froch would ideally like to gain revenge against Andre Ward but Golovkin may well be the more marketable fight, as it would be a renowned puncher against a fighter known for his warrior spirit and granite chin.
First Golovkin must get past Stevens but it seems the former amateur star is destined to become one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world - if he is not already there. His trainer Abel Sanchez believes he has a special talent on his hands and has predicted he will reach legendary status.
"It's not just Gennady's goal, it's the team's goal, to help him reach that type of status," Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions told Yahoo. "We feel he's such a spectacular, special athlete, he's not going to be remembered as just the boxer of the year or the best middleweight of his time or not just as a champion in multiple divisions.
"He has the aspirations and we feel he has the ability to have a historic career in the sport of boxing."
By the time his career draws to a close it would be of little surprise if Golovkin was a multiple weight world champion. With that rare blend of natural ability, a boxing brain and raw power in both hands, even light-heavyweights would be concerned sharing a ring with one of boxing's most avoided fighters.
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