By Christian Chataignier
WBA middleweight mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin declared recently in an interview with a Kazakh newspaper that the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine hadn’t signed the contract to face him. Golovkin then stated that his group was in negotiation with four other boxers from the WBA top ten, including the French hope “El Phenomeno” Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam. According to the N’Jikam camp they were never approached and they never received any offer from Golovkin’s group to step in the ring with him.
Mouss Ouicher, Hassan’s advisor wanted to clarify the situation: “I’m surprised to hear that Golovkin mentioned us when in fact, our promoter (the Acaries) say that they received no call. I would really like that the WBA respect their words and the rankings they create. And that Golovkin’s camp really calls our promoter. We knew from the beginning that Mundine would not face Golovkin. And we understand that the Kazakh boxer will do everything he can to avoid fighting Hassan by choosing another boxer from the top ten who is less dangerous.
“In the most recent WBA rankings, Mundine was ranked #1, Golovkin #2 and Hassan #3. Mundine is now out of the picture, so it seems obvious to us that Golovkin and our guy should face each other. So today, what I wish is that our promoter and Golovkin’s promoter sit together and make this fight happen. If Golovkin fights another boxer, the title of world champion of the WBA will have less credibility.”
Ouicher also commented on the latest WBO rankings. “The May rankings of the WBO just came out. Strangely, N’Dam who was ranked at the third position in April went down five places to number 8, three places behind a former victim Gennady Martirosyan! I’m really surprised to see this situation and I don’t understand how Hassan went down in their rankings like that. I would really like to hear the WBO about this, if they could explain us what happened.
“Hassan and his trainer would like all the best middleweights on this planet to know that they are ready to fight any of them, they have no preference. Whatever their alpha-organization is and whenever they want. Only the conditions could affect their choice. We want the negotiations between the two camps to be real and honest. In those conditions, Hassan isn’t going to avoid anybody” concluded Ouicher.