On Thursday, former longtime Undisputed Middleweight champion and present IBF 160 lb. titleholder Gennady Golovkin turned 39 years of age. And whereas he has a latest title protection win, the questions proceed to abound about whether or not there’s nonetheless a big struggle left for him on the market?
Triple G acknowledged his massive day by posting about his time along with his kids on social media,
We clearly need to acknowledge his greatness, as Golovkin efficiently defended a portion of or the Undisputed Middleweight championship 10 occasions within the 2010’s.
This was earlier than he’s two controversial fights with former Undisputed Middleweight and now Unified 168 lb. champion, Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a spirited 12-round attract September 2017 that lots of servers and followers nonetheless consider Golovkin really received. Then, within the rematch 12 months later, it was once more an in depth, hard-fought slugfest with Canelo’s hand in the end being raised in victory.
Canelo was later stripped of his IBF portion of the championship for failing to struggle Sergiy Derevyanchenko and that’s when Golovkin, 41-1-1, jumped on the probability to struggle the Ukranian #1 contender for the vacant belt in October 2019.
That was one other hard-fought aggressive battle that noticed Triple G take quite a lot of punishment, but nonetheless emerge victorious by choice to recapture a portion of the Middleweight crown. Nonetheless, there are a number of outstanding analysts and observers that noticed that struggle the consider that his higher days are clearly behind him. Even longtime coach and boxing analyst Teddy Atlas went as far as to say Golovkin “seemed like a shot fighter” that night time with the Derevyanchenko.
As we wrote again in December he lastly fought his long-delayed IBF necessary battle with Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta and scored a formidable, if not anticipated, seventh spherical KO.
Now, at 5 months later, we’re nonetheless questioning whether or not or not he and Alvarez will ever struggle for a 3rd time? And, it’s wanting much less and fewer seemingly. Additional, if not a trilogy with Canelo, what’s one other potential giant struggle for Triple G within the offing?
The WBA “World’ title is held by frivolously regarded Ryota Murata of Japan, In the meantime, unbeaten American veteran Demetrius Andrade has the WBO strap. Neither of these “transfer the needle” for a giant night time/payday for Golovkin.
However, the WBC belt is within the possession of unbeaten, laborious punching, Jermall Charlo. And, if that bout could possibly be made, it will have nice curiosity. Nonetheless, at this level, with the hits Triple G took in opposition to Alvarez (twice) and Derevyanchenko, and with him being up there in age, possibly he shouldn’t entertain a Charlo bout.
So, we await the place and when and largely importantly, what opponent, Golovkin chooses and might get a cope with close to time period.