Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs, whom both retained their WBA middleweight titles this past weekend, have been ordered by the WBA to fight each other.
WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. said that the two boxers have 30 days to negotiate a deal for a fight to occur within the next four months. If the two camps cannot agree on the terms of a fight, then the organization will order a purse bid.
"The 30-day negotiations period has started," Mendoza Jr. said. "They have 120 days to do the fight."
Golovkin is slated to return on November 26, a date HBO, whom Golovkin is under contract with, has reserved for his next fight. Golovkin did say after his win against Kell Brook that he thinks Jacobs may be his next opponent. While both men hold the WBA middleweight championship, Golovkin holds the Super version of the WBA title and Jacobs holds the Regular WBA title.
Jacobs has expressed interest in fighting Golovkin and Golovkin said that his goal is to win and unify all the world title belts in the middleweight division, including Jacobs' championship.
Another fight that Golovkin wants to have is against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, but Saunders has been avoiding Golovkin for a fight before "GGG" settled for Brook. Aside from Jacobs and Saunders, there is always the potential superfight between Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, who is fighting Liam Smith on September 17 for Smith's 154 pound title.
Golovkin and Alvarez were negotiating a fight set for this fall, but both camps ultimately agreed to hold off on that until next year.