A boxing train that just keeps on chugging

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Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин, ‘GGG’, or ‘Triple G’ to some, stamped his authority on the middleweight division and severed notice (if any was really needed) with an 8th round stoppage victory of David Lemieux last Saturday night past at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York.

In front of a sellout crowd, middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin extended his unbeaten professional record to 34-0-31kos en route to his 21st straight stoppage victory.

The Kazakh superstar in waiting is now the current unified WBA, IBF and Interim WBC and IBO middleweight world champion (and unofficial lineal middleweight champion in all but name) after his impressive and savagely brutal, but also graceful and efficient display.

Golovkin with a masterclass in the art of jabbing that few if any in the paid ranks of boxing at present can match, dazzled with his adaptation of total boxing and made a very good fighter look pedestrian and ordinary, in truth.

David Lemieux was outgunned and outclassed in every department, power check, technical ability check, defence check, jab check, footwork check and ring IQ check.

With his mind now set on the outcome of the November 21st showdown between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Saul Canelo Alvarez, Golovkin has nearly exhausted all middleweight avenues and his tenure at 160lb possibly nearing its completion, if boxing politics are forced into play and a match-up with the winner of the Miguel Cotto and Saul Canelo Alvarez fight doesn’t come to pass.

Golovkin’s latest performance has probably not done him any favours in making what should be an easy and rule enforced mandatory challenge for the WBC title against the eventual winner of the November bout.

Sadly, confidence in the abilities of boxing’s governing bodies to enforce and sanction the correct fights by applying their own rules has diminished of late, and can’t be counted on as a foregone conclusion.

So what next for the fearsome Golovkin?

He may have little choice than too move up in weight to pursuit new challenges, but for the moment let’s just hope he is afforded the opportunity to do all he can at middleweight, for his own benefit and the greater good of boxing.

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