Chris Eubank Jr. Anxious To Face Gennadiy Golovkin: “The Fight Will Happen Within The Next 12 Months”
By: Hans Themistode
Chris Eubank Jr. was thrilled when he heard the news. The former WBA interim middleweight titleholder will return to the ring on October 2nd, in the main event against Sven Elbir at the Wembley Arena.
Having gone the 10 round distance against the previously undefeated Marcus Morrison just a few months ago, Eubank Jr. was satisfied to have ended his near two-year layoff with a win. That said, he doesn’t expect his unheralded opponent to reach the final bell this time around.
“On October 2nd, as soon as I get the opening, this guy is going to sleep,” said Eubank Jr. to Sky Sports Boxing.
While Eubank Jr. isn’t expecting to have much difficulty when he takes on Elbir, he is hoping that an impressive win will springboard him to a much higher platform.
With the WBA sanctioning body stripping Eubank Jr. and all of its interim champions of their world titles, the British native would love nothing more than to face every belt holder in the middleweight division.
Seemingly at the top of his hitlist, is IBF champion, Gennadiy Golovkin.
“Absolutely, he’s a middleweight world champion,” said Eubank Jr. “That’s a fight that the fans have been calling for, for years now.”
Although Eubank Jr. appeared on the verge of facing Golovkin several years ago, neither has been able to agree fully on terms to an agreement.
As for what could be next for the long-time champion, Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) is rumored to be angling for a showdown sometime in Japan against WBA champion, Ryota Murata. Since picking up the first defeat of his career against Canelo Alvarez in September of 2018, Golovkin has gone on to win three straight. In his most recent ring appearance, the 39-year-old floored mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta a total of four times before ultimately stopping him in the seventh.
Eubank Jr., 31, has watched Golovkin from a distance as he slowly rounds back into form. While he refrained from calling Golovkin out immediately, provided he strings together a few more wins, the British product views their showdown as one that will happen much sooner than later.
“The fight has to happen and it will happen within the next 12 months.”
Canelo Alvarez Vs. Gennadiy Golovkin Could Reportedly Be Next
By: Hans Themistode
Although Canelo Alvarez wants nothing more than to create history, he could be forced to travel down a familiar road instead.
As first reported by Lance Pugmire of The Athletic, DAZN officials have recently had a word with current IBF middleweight titlist and long-time rival of Alvarez in Gennadiy Golovkin. The topic of discussion between both sides was to get a clear understanding of whether or not the Kazakhstan star would be available for a fall showdown against Alvarez. Upon hearing the news, Golovkin reportedly replied that he is “ready, willing and available.”
At this time, it is unclear if Alvarez would be willing to move back down to 160 pounds, if Golovkin would be traveling eight pounds north or if both sides will settle upon a catchweight agreement.
As negotiations between team Alvarez and IBF super middleweight belt holder Caleb Plant continue to drag on, team Golovkin isn’t quite sure if there is serious interest in staging a third fight or if team Alvarez is using his name as a negotiating chip against team Plant.
Alvarez, 30, has shared the ring with Golovkin on two separate occasions. In September of 2017, Alvarez made his middleweight debut by challenging the former unified titlist. While most fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and those watching around the world believed Golovkin did more than enough to earn the win, he was forced to settle for a highly controversial split decision draw.
The two would face off once more one year later. This time, although their contest was extremely competitive, Alvarez eked out a majority decision win. Golovkin has since bounced back from his lone defeat, stopping two of his past three opponents. But while the Kazakhstan native has continued to campaign at 160, Alvarez has made frequent trips up and down the scale.
Following the win against Golovkin, Alvarez captured world titles at super middleweight against Rocky Fielding, Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. The Mexican star also made a brief cameo appearance at 175, knocking out Sergey Kovalev to wrap his WBO light heavyweight title around his waist.
Currently, Alvarez is in possession of the WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine 168 pound titles. He’s since urged his team to negotiate a showdown against Plant, the weight division’s remaining belt holder. If Alvarez were to face Plant and pick up the win, he would become the first undisputed world champion at 168 pounds.
All along, Plant has been the preferred choice of Alvarez. However, if negotiations continue to stall, Golovkin appears to be waiting on standby.
Jermall Charlo Willing, But Not Chasing, Gennadiy Golovkin: “I Just Don’t Want To Pick On An Older Man”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo is certainly enjoying the limelight. The 31-year-old will have the hometown crowd firmly behind him when he takes on Juan Macias Montiel at the Toyota Center, in Houston Texas tomorrow night.
While Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) claims to be fully focused on the task at hand, the WBC middleweight belt holder has an eye on some of the bigger names in the division. When their showdown was first announced, many were disappointed. The Houston product knows good and well that Montiel wasn’t his first choice. Originally, team Charlo attempted to lure current IBF belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin into the ring. Those plans, however, fell by the wayside.
Whether it’s Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) or anyone else for that matter, Charlo is hungry to face them all.
“I can hold my ground with Golovkin,” said Charlo to a group of reporters. “I’m ready to fight a big name but I can’t get the big names in there with me.”
Currently, Golovkin is angling for a unification showdown against WBA titlist, Ryota Murata, for the end of the year. In between, the Kazakhstan puncher is rumored to be interested in a matchup against middleweight contender, Jaime Munguia.
Regardless of what he ultimately does, Charlo isn’t necessarily chasing him down. At the age of 39, while still a terrific fighter, Golovkin appears to have lost a step. And at this point, Charlo believes he is simply the better overall fighter. To further back his claim, Charlo urges everyone to simply look at the tape.
In October of 2019, Golovkin struggled mightily with top contender, Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Ultimately, Golovkin would walk away from their contest with a razor-close unanimous decision win but many believed it was undeserving. When Charlo faced Derevyanchenko one year later, he manhandled his man over the course of 12 rounds.
In addition to comparing performances, Charlo has reservations about facing someone who is on the verge of turning 40 years old.
“I feel like I can edge GGG because look at what I did to Derevyanchenko. Golovkin had a hard time with him. I just don’t want to pick on an older man and make it look like I’m going for a weaker play but he does have a belt. If it’s time to unify before he runs out of gas then I’m here to fight him.”
Canelo Alvarez Open To One More Fight Against Gennadiy Golovkin Under One Condition: “It Would Be At 168 Pounds”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez made a bit more room on his championship mantle. The unified super middleweight titlist added the WBO belt previously held by Billy Joe Saunders to his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine champions. The two faced off this past weekend at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Saunders, 31, called it a night at the end of the eighth round after suffering a quadripod facial fracture. With the win, Alvarez is only one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight of all time. In order to do so, Alvarez will look to take on IBF titlist, Caleb Plant.
While negotiations between both sides are yet to begin, current IBF middleweight champion, and long-time rival, Gennadiy Golovkin, may attempt to interject. With the pair sharing a long history with one another, Alvarez admits that the two may meet in the ring once more. Be that as it may, Golovkin will have to wait his turn.
“The truth is, I’m open for anything,” said Alvarez during an interview with Ring Magazine. “If the fight happens after unifying at 168 pounds, I’m open for anything.”
For Golovkin, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer still has a bone to pick with Alvarez. In September of 2017, the Kazakstan native was forced to settle for a highly controversial split decision draw against Alvarez. Unsatisfied with the results, Golovkin opted to have an immediate rematch and was subsequently defeated for the first time in his career via majority decision.
Since then, Golovkin has gotten back to his winning ways, stopping both Steve Rolls and Kamil Szeremeta while sandwiching a decision victory against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in between. Alvarez, of course, has been busy adding up the wins as well. The pound-for-pound star has picked up world titles at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight before ultimately settling in at super middleweight.
Although Golovkin has now been a pro for a decade and a half, he has spent his entire career in the middleweight division. Despite Golovkin’s comfort at 160 pounds, Alvarez is enjoying his time eight pounds north. If Golovkin expects to get his hands on the Mexican star one final time, he’ll have to campaign at a higher weight class for the first time in his career.
“I’m open for anything, but it would be at 168 pounds,” continued Alvarez. “If he wants the fight with me, he has to do it. Why wouldn’t he do it? I went up from 154 up to 160 to fight with him. I’ve fought a lot of good fighters, a lot of champions. I beat him.”
Ryota Murata Reportedly Eyeing June Return, Then GGG Showdown At Years End
By: Hans Themistode
With the biggest fight of his life possibly taking place at year’s end, WBA middleweight champion, Ryota Murata, will reportedly begin working the rust off.
As first reported by Chris Mannix, Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) is currently engaged in conversation to take on IBF belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin. The bout would take place in Murata’s hometown of Japan on New Year’s Eve. With their showdown becoming more and more likely, Murata is currently sifting through names for a stay-busy fight in the meantime.
The former Olympic gold medalist was last seen in the ring a year and a half ago against fringe contender Steven Butler, starching him in the fifth round of their showdown. As a contest with Golovkin grows more and more likely, Murata refuses to head into the biggest match of his career with a considerable amount of ring rust.
While no names have officially come to the forefront, Mannix notes that the likely date would be sometime in June.
As for Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), the future Hall of Famer has also suffered from inactivity as of late. Before his December 18th, pummeling of mandatory challenger, Kamil Szeremeta, Golovkin was absent from the ring for well over a year. At the age of 39, Golovkin is now at the tail end of his career but still receives his fair share of callouts from many of the top names in the division including WBC belt holder Jermall Charlo and WBO titlist, Demetrius Andrade.
Still, even with those previously mentioned names throwing their name into the mix, hoping that Golovkin chooses them as his next opponent, it appears as though the Kazakstan star will head in another direction.
In addition to a showdown with Murata, Golovkin has also had discussions with middleweight contender Jaime Munguia for a showdown that would take place sometime this year as well.
While everything surrounding Golovkin is still a bit unclear at the moment, it appears as though he has his eyes set on two of the more respectable names in the division.
Demetrius Andrade Questions Canelo Alvarez And Gennadiy Golovkin: “You’re Looking To Fight All Of These Other People, Like What Do They Have That I Don’t Have?”
By: Hans Themistode
Demetrius Andrade is quite frankly sick and tired and of talking about it. The former two-division world champion and current WBO middleweight belt holder has been heavily criticized for the opponents he’s stepped into the ring against. His upcoming title defense against British native Liam Williams isn’t helping matters either.
The two are slated to face off this coming Saturday on April 17th, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood Florida.
Andrade, 33, has screamed until he’s blue in the face in the direction of the bigger names in the boxing world. Yet, no matter how hard he tries, no one of note has taken him up on his offer to face him in the ring. The ongoing theme surrounding Andrade’s career is that he’s simply too high risk for such little reward.
In his mind, however, that makes absolutely no sense.
“How is that realistic to say,” said Andrade during a recent interview with Manouk Akopyan. “How do you have nothing to gain when you’re fighting a world champion?”
Just as Andrade mentions, he believes his championship status should allow certain fighters to become more enticed with fighting him. While he’s willing to face many of the big names in or around his division, Andrade has placed a certain emphasis on IBF middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin and unified super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez.
Although both have heard Andrade express an interest in fighting them, neither appear to be in a rush to accept his challenge. Instead, both Alvarez and Golovkin continue to place their attention elsewhere.
When glancing at the resume of both champions, Andrade can’t help but laugh when he reads off some of the names that have gotten the opportunity he’s been craving. With world titles in two separate weight classes and a dozen years as an unbeaten pro, Andrade simply doesn’t understand how certain fighters got their chance to face them while he continues to wait.
“You’re willing to fight (Kamil) Szeremeta, you’re willing to fight (Avni) Yildirim, you’re willing to fight Rocky Fielding. You’re looking to fight all of these other people, like what do they have that I don’t have? That talk is just excuses.”
In the case of Golovkin, he annihilated Szeremeta via seventh-round stoppage this past December. Alvarez, on the other hand, made it look easy against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim on February 27th, earlier this year, stopping him in the third.
Following those aforementioned wins, neither Alvarez nor Golovkin mentioned Andrade as a possible opponent. Alvarez is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. In the case of Golovkin, his next fight hasn’t been revealed as of yet but he is reportedly interested in a showdown with middleweight contender Jaime Munguia.
Regardless of both men continuing to go in another direction, Andrade claims that his focus is on his own career and his upcoming title defense against Williams.
“I’m going to put an ass whopping on Liam Williams, come April 17th.”
Jaime Munguia Admits He Is Targeting Gennadiy Golovkin This Year: “We Are Trying To Get That Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Jaime Munguia has always had a difficult time calling out anyone. It could be because of his soft-spoken approach or the fact that he doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers. Whatever the case is, the former Jr middleweight titlist has always gone with the more diplomatic approach when deciding who he wants to face next.
Yet, with rumors that he is heading towards a showdown with Gennadiy Golovkin getting louder and louder, the Mexican native admitted that he is in fact chasing after him. Having been out of the ring for roughly three months, Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) knows good and well that jumping straight into a contest with the future first-ballot Hall of Famer may not be the best idea. However, if that’s how the chips fall, then so be it.
“We are trying to get that fight,” said Munguia during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Me and my team were thinking to have a tune-up fight before we face GGG. But if the opportunity presents itself then we’ll make the fight happen. Honestly, I know GGG isn’t just any fighter. He has left a great legacy in his career. I respect what he has done and I admire him also.”
Narrowing down a date for their possible showdown would be thinking too far ahead. At the moment, talks haven’t exactly progressed that far along just yet. However, with two Mexican holidays in Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day taking place in May and September, in a perfect world, Munguia would rather add to the historic list of great fights that have happened on those day’s by attaching his own clash with Golovkin to the renowned date.
“I would love to put on a show if it’s on Cinco De Mayo or in September. It would be a great fight.”
For Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), a date with Munguia is something that he would seemingly embrace. Approximately two and a half years ago, team Golovkin attempted to lure a much younger Munguia into the ring. At when he was considered the height of his powers, many believed a matchup between the two at the time was about as one-sided as can be. In fact, the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to sanction the fight due to Munguia’s age, then 21, and lack of experience against top opposition.
Fast forward almost three years later and Munguia is not only older at 24 years of age, but he also had a lengthy title run in the Jr middleweight division. Now, he is considered a top contender at 160 pounds.
In spite of their showdown viewed as a much closer contest as opposed to the one-sided bloodbath many years ago, Munguia is fully aware that Golovkin is as dangerous as they come. The long-reigning middleweight titlist recently annihilated mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta via seventh-round stoppage roughly two months ago.
Similarly, Munguia made a statement of his own approximately two months prior against Tureano Johnson, stopping the contender in the sixth round. At the moment, Munguia is on a roll as he has stopped both of his opponents since moving up to the middleweight division.
Still, with his confidence through the roof, Munguia won’t let his recent success get to his head. In facing someone like Golovkin, albeit 38 years of age, he still has the power to turn off just about anyone’s lights in the most vicious way possible.
“When it comes to facing him, we have to alert for whatever he throws. He can go to the body, so I have to keep my distance. Throwing combinations, staying busy, but it’s easy to say right now but being inside the ring it can be different.”
Bernard Hopkins: “GGG Declines Every Year, Oscar Would Win By Unanimous Decision”
By: Hans Themistode
The laughs were both loud and immediate.
The mere thought of Oscar De La Hoya being competitive with anyone in the top ten of the middleweight division, let alone someone the likes of Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG) was just sheer lunacy. Yet, no matter how many people laughed in his face and warned him of the beating he would receive, De La Hoya continued to push the notion that he could not only compete with Golovkin but flat out beat him.
While the laughter surrounding their possible showdown continues, newly elected hall of famer Bernard Hopkins, simply can’t understand what’s so funny.
“GGG declines every year,” said Hopkins during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “What he has left is always his punch. If Oscar was going to come back and I had a say in it, I would take GGG.”
That aforementioned punch Hopkins alluded to is still alive and well. In Golovkin’s most recent ring appearance the current IBF middleweight belt holder punished mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta, dropping him four times before ultimately stopping him in the seventh round. But while many viewed his performance as a vintage one, Hopkins wasn’t fooled with what he saw.
“GGG always had and always will have a punch but that is declining. Even in the win recently, don’t let that fight fool you. It don’t fool these eyes.”
Regardless of Hopkins’s assumption that Golovkin is slowing down, many in boxing circles believe De La Hoya’s chances of winning their showdown would be slim to none. For the former multiple division belt holder, he last appeared in the ring nearly a decade a half ago in 2008. On a cold December night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, De La Hoya received the worst beating of his career at the hands of Manny Pacquiao which resulted in an eighth-round stoppage defeat.
Still, De La Hoya is reportedly working on his craft behind the scenes as he continues his comeback story. Should he get his wish and face Golovkin next, not only does Hopkins back his business partner in picking up the win but he also has a date in mind.
“GGG is a hall of famer, no doubt. He earned his position but Oscar has seen every style and been in there with better talent. Oscar would win by unanimous decision. I would let Oscar know that let’s start calling this guy out for September. I would like to see that fight before 2021 is out.”
Chris Eubank Jr. Eyes Golovkin Showdown: “It’s No Secret, I’ve Wanted That Fight For Years”
By: Hans Themistode
Chris Eubank Jr. is ready to hit the ground running. After spending the entirety of his 2020 campaign on the sidelines, the British native is ready to get active and participate in the biggest fights possible. To help in his search for the most prominent fights out there, Eubank Jr. has changed promotional outfits, going from Premier Boxing Champions to Sauerland Promotions.
Now that the business of boxing has taken care of itself, the 31-year-old is eyeing a showdown with IBF middleweight belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin. While he admits that everyone holding a golden trinket at 160-pounds can get it, he’s made it abundantly clear that Golovkin is the name he wants above all others.
“Absolutely,” said Eubank Jr. when questioned if he wants Golovkin in 2021 by IFL TV. “It’s no secret, I’ve wanted that fight for years. It’s a win, win. Everybody wins, the fans win and the fighters win. Hopefully, we can get that fight in 2021 but all the guys with belts in the middleweight division are on the Hitlist. They’re all on the radar.”
For Eubank Jr., stepping into the ring immediately with someone the level of Golovkin wouldn’t be the best idea. Aside from the former title challenger failing to step into the ring at all this past year, in 2019, the British product’s most recent contest lasted a mere two rounds. In early December of that year, Eubank Jr. faced off against Matt Korobov. The early goings of their contest saw Eubank Jr. outboxed in the first round. However, Korobov failed to keep the momentum going as he suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to withdraw.
The win for Eubank Jr. allowed him to wrap the WBA interim middleweight world title around his waist. Still, he doesn’t believe he’s quite ready to face the likes of Golovkin yet. At least, not without getting himself reacclimated.
In terms of who would be best suited to help him wipe some of the dust off, names such as Liam Williams and Kell Brook have been thrown around. Whomever is chosen from the two makes no difference to Eubank Jr. As far as he’s concerned, he’ll bust up anyone of them.
“I need a warm-up fight so if they want to throw one of those guys in there with me within the next month or so to get me warmed up for my title fight, then I wouldn’t say no. I’ve been out of the ring for 13 months and my last fight was two rounds. So if they want to throw me one of those guys to smack them up a little bit I’m happy to do that.”
In addition to a showdown with Golovkin as well as either Brook or Williams, Eubank Jr. is under the impression that he is in the perfect position to face Ryota Murata. Thanks to Canelo Alvarez officially vacating his WBA “Super” world title, then “Regular” titlist Ryota Murata was elevated to the position Alvarez recently forfeited. With Eubank Jr. holding the interim crown, outside of a matchup with Golovkin, he views a contest with Murata as one that makes the most sense.
“Murata has been elevated now to Super champion in the WBA. I’m the WBA interim world champion so that’s a fight that makes sense. That’s a fight that I want this year for sure and would definitely win.”
Canelo Alvarez On Possible Third Showdown Against Gennadiy Golovkin: “I Could Do Some Serious Damage”
By: Hans Themistode
According to Canelo Alvarez, the timing is all wrong for Gennadiy Golovkin.
For years now, the long-standing middleweight champion has dished out beating after cruel beating. Marred faces after brutal combinations, along with bloody knockout wins are spewed across Golovkin’s career highlight reels.
Having shared the ring with him on two occasions, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) knows good and well just how dangerous Golovkin is. Or, at least was.
With back to back contests taking place in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Alvarez doesn’t view Golovkin in the same light as he once did. Pair those thoughts with the pound for pound star coming into his own, leads him to believe that only one detrimental outcome will occur should they face off one final time.
“I feel like I’m at my peak,” said Alvarez during a recent interview with Ring Magazine. ” If it happens a third time, I feel so good that I could most likely knock him out and do some serious damage.”
For the Mexican superstar, he’s seemingly put Golovkin in his rearview mirror. Immediately following his 2018 win over him, Alvarez has jumped from weight class to weight class.
In December of 2018, Alvarez bulldozed Rocky Fielding via third round stoppage in his first bout at super middleweight. From there, he made one last cameo at middleweight, defeating Daniel Jacobs before stopping Sergey Kovalev in his lone appearance at light heavyweight. Now, the 30-year-old Alvarez has settled in at super middleweight, capturing the WBA/Ring magazine titles from Callum Smith in a one-sided performance just a few weeks ago.
As for Golovkin, he’s gone on to win three straight. The Kazakhstan product took care of business against Steve Rolls mid 2019. He then followed that up with a close decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Most recently, Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) took on mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta. As expected, Golovkin handed him a beating of a lifetime, dropping his virtually unknown opponent four times before the referee mercifully ended the onslaught in the seventh.
With the win, rumors of the two facing each other for a third time began circulating. But while the hand of Alvarez was raised in their second contest, their first encounter ended in a controversial draw. With that said, the pound for pound star could care less what the official outcome was. To Alvarez, their rivalry was one-sided.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone,” said Alvarez. “I did my job already by beating him twice.”
Gennadiy Golovkin And Jaime Munguia Possible For The First Half Of 2021
By: Hans Themistode
At one point in time, a matchup between Gennadiy Golovkin and Jaime Munguia was considered a massacre. At least on paper.
After a highly controversial draw with Canelo Alvarez in September of 2017, Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) attempted to set the record straight a few months later. However, with Alvarez failing two drug tests during their subsequent rematch, the pair’s sequel was postponed. Not wanting to sit on the sidelines for a protracted amount of time, Golovkin opted to face a replacement opponent. Amongst the names floated around was an undefeated, yet unproven, 21-year-old in Jaime Munguia.
Despite Munguia’s efforts to secure the bout, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) considered Munguia in over his head and refused to sanction the event.
While Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) sulked at first, he’s spent the past two years building both his experience and resume. Shortly after getting rejected from the NSAC, Munguia would go on to annihilate then WBO Jr middleweight titlist Sadam Ali. With six title defenses under his belt, Munguia opted to drop his title and move up to the middleweight division. So far, the now 24-year-old has picked up two stoppage wins in his new weight class. That, along with his massive improvements, has made him a potential front runner for Golovkin’s next bout.
“I think we have a good chance of having this fight,” said co-promoter of Munguia Fernando Beltrán. “Right now we are just talking.”
As for Golovkin, the current IBF belt holder now stands alone in boxing history as he made the 21st defense of his middleweight title, breaking a tie with newly inducted hall of famer Bernard Hopkins. The now 38-year-old punished mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta, dropping him four times before stopping him in the seventh.
In terms of his next opponent, seemingly everyone near the long-reigning middleweight champion is pulling him in a separate direction.
Regardless of the exploratory talks with team Munguia, Golovkin has long wanted to settle the score with Canelo Alvarez. Furthermore, promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealed his desire to matchup Golovkin with WBO belt holder Demetrius Andrade.
Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta: Officially Fight Prediction
By: Hans Themistode
The aura invincibility is difficult to place back on once it has been removed. So when IBF middleweight belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin looked not only vulnerable but downright beatable in his last ring outing against perennial contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko in early October last year, the writing of his demise appeared to be on the wall.
Yet, with so much time passing from his last contest, it has been out of sight and out of mind. Golovkin’s pedestrian performance against Derevyanchenko is now a distant memory. Now, in just a few more hours, he’ll receive a chance to place even more distance between himself and his subpar outing.
In the main event slot at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, 38-year-old Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) will take on IBF mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs). For the previously mentioned Szeremeta, Golovkin will represent the toughest challenge of his career by far.
There is plenty of the line for both men coming into this one. For Szeremeta, legitimacy is what he aims for. As a relative unknown, the Polish native finds himself being overlooked in the eyes of boxing fans. With no wins against any former champions, or, at the very least, someone in the top five of the division, Szeremeta has been given a long shot by oddsmakers at 25-1 to pull off the monumental upset.
For what it’s worth, Szeremeta has barely lost a round during the course of his eight-year career. During the build-up of his contest with Golovkin, the 31-year-old has appeared as confident as ever. But while it may sound good, the chances of him leaving the ring tonight with Golovkin’s world title are slim to none.
With most boxers, every contest is viewed as the same. The focus and meticulous attention to detail that is placed into one opponent, is the same across the entirety of their career. In this case however, Golovkin can’t escape the magnitude of this event.
With a win over Szeremeta, Golovkin would stand alone in boxing history with the most middleweight title defenses with 21. Opportunities such as these don’t come every day and don’t expect Golovkin to waste his.
Official Pick: Gennadiy Golovkin
This one won’t be particularly close. Szeremeta, to his credit, is a good boxer. But with little to no power, expect Golovkin to walk right through his man. He’ll get tagged here and there, but for the most part, it’ll be all Golovkin.
Try not to blink cause this won’t last very long.
Gennadiy Golovkin 159.2 Pounds – Kamil Szeremeta 159 Pounds – Fight Officially On
By: Hans Themistode
Although Gennadiy Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) is nearly 40 years of age and although he has campaigned at 160 pounds for the entirety of his 14-year career, the current IBF belt holder did what he always did. Make weight.
Showing off an impressive physique, Golovkin stepped onto the scales at 159.2 pounds. His opponent tomorrow night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood Florida, in Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs), tipped the scales at 159 pounds even.
For Golovkin, a heavy favorite on the night, stepping into the ring as a world champion is something that he has grown accustomed to. However, there will be a slight difference should he pick up yet another win. At the moment, the Kazakhstan native is tied for the most middleweight title defenses of all-time with 20, alongside newly inducted hall of famer Bernard Hopkins. A win for Golovkin will push him to the front of the line as the sole leader in that category.
Aside from the historical implications that this bout holds, Golovkin will look to prove that the light at the end of his boxing tunnel is still some ways away. In his last ring appearance, the soon to be 39-year-old was expected to make quick work of perennial contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. With a quick first-round knockdown on the night, Golovkin appeared to be on his way to just that.
Of course though, things played out much differently as Golovkin struggled mightily and was forced to settle for a close decision win. The win may have crowned him as a world champion once again after losing his titles to Canelo Alvarez the year before, but many believed that Derevyanchenko did more than enough to pick up the victory.
Now, roughly one year later, Golovkin will look to pick up a more emphatic win. One that will presumably push him to the head of the line for a third contest against Alvarez sometime in 2021.
To catch the action, fans can tune in on the DAZN streaming app tomorrow night at 8 pm.
Gennadiy Golovkin Warns Oscar De La Hoya: “If I Got An Opportunity To Legally Kill A Person In The Ring, I Might Seize It”
By: Hans Themistode
Following most of his contests, Gennadiy Golovkin’s smile is often time’s drenched in blood. Reason being is because he has dealt an unnatural amount of damage to his opponent’s. Despite his seek and destroy nature, Golovkin has always wished his opponents well either before they face off in the ring or after they leave said ring in a stretcher.
In the case of 2014 hall of famer Oscar De La Hoya however, Golovkin doesn’t have any kind words to share with the former six-division champion, only a cruel and deadly warning.
“Everything involving Gennady Golovkin for him is a nightmare,” said Golovkin to AFP during a recent interview.
The words of Golovkin stem from an apparent call out from De La Hoya just a few months ago. Although he officially hung up the gloves in December of 2008 following a one-sided loss against Manny Pacquiao, De La Hoya expressed a desire to make a return to the ring. Unlike other former all-time greats such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones Jr. who have decided to partake in exhibition bouts, De La Hoya is interested in taking on some of the best fighters in the world, including Golovkin.
Throughout the entirety of his 14-year career, the Kazakhstan product has never been viewed as a walk in the park. For De La Hoya though, beating Golovkin would be a breeze, even at the age of 47.
“You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh, my gosh,” said De La Hoya during an interview with BoxingScene. “I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind, it would be that easy.”
Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) of course, didn’t appreciate becoming the target of a De La Hoya comeback fight but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t welcome it. Considering the disdain that the current IBF middleweight belt holder has for the former pound for pound star, a simple win wouldn’t placate him, even if it came via stoppage. No, if Golovkin and De La Hoya were to meet, he would attempt something much more sinister than a knockout victory.
“You know Oscar, you know how dirty his mouth is? He can say whatever. But let me put it this way – If I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it.”
Oscar De La Hoya Views GGG Matchup As A Walk In The Park: “You know how easy GGG would be for me?”
By: Hans Themistode
With Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. set to end their retirement to face one another, Oscar De La Hoya has been quietly working on his own comeback. The former six-division world titlist announced his intentions to pick up the boxing gloves once again after being push through the retirement door by Manny Pacquiao in 2008.
On the night, De La Hoya, a 2-1 favorite, was outboxed thoroughly before getting pummeled in the eighth round. Shortly after his defeat, De La Hoya would announce his retirement.
Up until recently, the former Olympic gold medalist appeared perfectly content as the head man of Golden Boy Promotions as he helped push the next generation of stars. Yet, with many of his contemporaries announcing comebacks after long hiatuses, De La Hoya did the same.
An opponent for the 2014 hall of famer was non-existent. With that being said, De La Hoya did express a desire to compete against the best at either 154 or 160 pounds. At the moment, Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG) would fit into that criteria. He currently holds the IBF world title and has always been viewed as one of the biggest punchers in all of boxing. Although he has mostly annihilated everyone in his path, De La Hoya believes he would make it look easy against him, even at the age of 47.
“You know how easy GGG would be for me?” said De La Hoya to Boxingscene.com. “Oh my gosh. It would be a high-profile fight, that’s for sure. I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind, it would be that easy. I would definitely consider it.”
Before Golovkin can even consider tangling with De La Hoya, he will have to get past mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta on December 18th. Should the Kazakhstan star pick up the win, he will be all alone in middleweight history as a victory would represent his 21st title defense, a middleweight record.
Still, even if Golovkin does what most expect, which is to win dominantly, the long time belt holder could be on the cusp of his third contest with Canelo Alvarez in March of 2021.