The WBA has announced that Gennadiy Golovkin has officially resigned from his position as a world champion due to an impending purse bid with Erislandy Lara, who is now recognized as the WBA’s sole middleweight champion. This comes a month after Golovkin vacated his IBF belt under similar circumstances, leaving Esquiva Falcao to face Michael Zerafa for the title.

According to Dan Rafael, there was no commercial viability for a fight between Golovkin and Lara, despite Lara being a marvelously skilled fighter. There also may not have been much of a market for a fight with Falcao, considering the limited options available for a lucrative matchup.

However, there is one potential opponent for Golovkin at 160: Jaime Munguia, who has been in talks with Golovkin since 2018. While Munguia’s star has faded due to a lack of formidable opponents, the fight could still generate some interest and provide Golovkin with a nice payday.

Meanwhile, Lara’s first mandatory challenger for the title could be Sergio Martinez, who currently sits at no. 2 in the rankings. This would be a classic “WBA” title fight, with Martinez ahead of Austin Williams and Zerafa.

Last updated on 10 Mar 2023 - 19:58

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