Golovkin Avoided Like The Plague
The red sea of boxing parts before a modern day Moses when middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin comes calling. Tough talk suddenly has no substance, the floor quickly becomes more interesting when the question is asked “Will you fight Golovkin?” – and stuttering and sideways glancing are the order of the day.
A boxing beast
There is a common question expressed by some boxing fans “Just who has Golovkin fought to make him so avoided?” – isn’t he just a hype job, a media created boxing beast?
On the one hand, critics will state GGG has never faced a Hall of Fame fighter and has not beaten a current world champion, in fact some will tell you GGG’s career so far only consists of “tomato cans”.
Some will say the facts are there and speak for themselves. But on closer analysis and when all the facts are taken into account, it isn’t as cut and dry as that. Lets take a look at some of the notable names on his record, thus far.
His run (big name victories) since winning the title
Golovkin first won the vacant WBA Interim Middleweight Title, by defeating Milton Nunez in Panama City, Panama with a 1st round KO.
His next substantial opponent after that came on June 30, 2013 when he then successfully defended his belt against Matthew Macklin, in a fight many believed would be the toughest of Golovkin’s career at that point, against a 2-time world title challenger and the Ring Magazine’s then #5 rated middleweight.
However Golovkin won with confidence and ease.
His next notable scalp was The Ring’s then #9 rated Middleweight Curtis Stevens. He was dealt with, again with ease, via an eighth-round technical knockout.
GGG the proceeded to add his next big name to his resume on July 26th, when he defended his title for the 11th time, defeating The Ring’s then #2 rated Middleweight Daniel Geale – via a third round stoppage.
Again golovkin made it look very easy, against a fighter who had never previously been stopped.
The next decent (world rated) name on the GGG hit list came on October 18, 2014, when he defended his title in a championship unification bout against interim WBC Middleweight Champion Marco Antonio Rubio.
Rubio was knocked out in the 2nd round from a devastating overhand left.
In February of 2015, GGG then went on to wear down a very spirited Martin Murray. The man from St Helens in the UK did have some success with GGG, but the inevitable power of Golovkin proved to be too much by the 11th round.
On May 16, 2015, Golovkin’s next big challenge came when he faced Willie Monroe Jr, a middleweight prospect and a slick southpaw contender.
However a challenge was not to come for GGG, with the fight been stopped in the 6th round – Monroe not prepared to continue after suffering his 3rd knockdown of the fight.
Too good for his own good
Golovkin’s ability to not just beat his opponents but to beat them with consummate ease, is probably a contributing factor as to why some believe the best of Golovkin’s opponents so far are below par, and use it as a stick to beat him with.
This is very harsh in my opinion.
It’s a shame that the same critics can’t or won’t direct their indignation and annoyance at the champions that have reduced Golovkin to the status of a boxing travelling salesman, trying without success to hawk his wares during his middleweight reign thus far.
I personally can’t remember any world champion having to do such a thing and the sanctioning bodies have a case to answer for as well.
Is Golovkin destined to be remembered in the same breath as other great but avoided fighter’s, boxer’s such as Charley Burley, James Jeffries, Mike McCallum, Archie Moore, Marvin Hagler, Sam Langford, Aaron Pryor and Bob Foster?
Let’s hope not, it’s time to put up or shut up for a lot of the current middleweight contenders.
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