Tom Loeffler: Gennady Golovkin Likely Not Fighting For Rest Of 2018

Promoter Tom Loeffler doesn't believe that Gennady Golovkin will be fighting for the remainder of 2018 and it might be a while before we see him in the ring again.

Loeffler spoke with Boxing Scene and stated that Golovkin did have to go through a lot in his September 15 loss to Canelo Alvarez and that it will take a while before all sides get together and discuss the future of the former middleweight champion.

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As far as a timeline for Golovkin's return is concerned, Loeffler stated a return before the end of 2018 is unlikely and that they will explore options for early 2019.

"It'll take about a week just to decompress and go over everything with Abel (Sanchez) and Gennady. But my gut feeling is right now he won't fight before the end of the year and we'll and weigh the options for the spring time or for May of 2019," Loeffler said.

Golovkin lost the WBA "super" and WBC middleweight titles to Alvarez by majority decision in a rematch of their controversial September 2017 fight which ended in a split draw. It was the first pro loss Golovkin has suffered in his career.

Alvarez's next fight date is up in the air as well. Although December 15 has been reserved at Madison Square Garden for Alvarez's next fight, there is no guarantee that Alvarez will get cleared in time to compete in the ring after receiving multiple stitches following the fight against Golovkin. Alvarez could potentially face mandatory challenger David Lemieux next after Lemieux won a WBA final eliminator on that same pay-per-view card.

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