Boxing News: Billy Joe Saunders wants more money to fight Gennady Golovkin

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WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders said he wants an improved offer from Gennady Golovkin’s camp to complete a deal in fighting GGG. Reuters/Action Images/Lee Smith

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders revealed Gennady Golovkin’s team offered him to fight the undefeated Kazakh, but the British welterweight would only agree if the deal includes “more money” or concede a fight in England.

"If I take the fight with Golovkin I genuinely believe I could beat him but they have got to put some proper money on the table and if they do that then I will do it,” Saunders told ESPN. "They've got to pay me more money than I would get for the Chris Eubank Jr rematch.”

Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) has become one of boxing’s hottest commodity in a middleweight division filled with top talented fighters. After capturing the WBO crown against Andy Lee last year via unanimous points decision, Saunders believes he has the leverage to pick opponents and choose a better deal.

Saunders’ manager Frank Warren said he will open talks next week of a world title fight between the British champ and Golovkin, who holds the WBA, IBF, and IBO middleweight belts. According to Warren, he would like to setup Saunders’ possible match against Golovkin in England inside a stadium that could cater 10,000 to 15,000 spectators.

"We are going to talk on the phone at the end of next week and see what happens," Warren said, reports Sky Sports. "It is a great fight but the details obviously need to be right.

Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs), on the other hand, is looking at a fight on Apr. 23 in New York’s Madison Square Garden, where he recently fought David Lemieux, before setting up a megafight against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. According to Jake Donovan of Boxing Scene, K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler revealed this week that he has reserved the venue for GGG’s next fight despite not having a certain opponent yet.