Middleweight knockout artist Gennady Golovkin returns to action tonight against Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The former undisputed middleweight champion is still smarting from defeat to Canelo Alvarez last September following their rematch.
That being said he knows a big win tonight could very well set up a third fight between the two later this year.
Canadian Rolls (19-0-10KO) will need to be dealt with first of course but if ‘GGG’ does get the win expect some big fights to line up immediately.
At this point of his career Golovkin is now 37 and no spring chicken anymore.
It is probably safe to say he is out of his prime now but he still has enough power and skill to be a serious force.
His fight style is just a fun one to watch.
With six fights left in his career expect him to give value for money in the home stretch of his boxing tenure.
Even at this late stage of his career Golovkin still isn’t completely ruling out a Floyd Mayweather showdown either.
Mayweather vs Golovkin – The One That Got Away
Speaking to Sports Illustrated Golovkin said:
“Probably Floyd (is the smartest fighter ever). He’s a smart guy. You know of course everybody (on my team) would (consider that fight). This is my problem. This is my dream fight because I respect him. I respect his style. Everybody understands. Sometimes people don’t like him because he moves a low. But this is boxing. Come on he’s a smart guy.”
Asked if he regrets not fighting Mayweather – Golovkin claimed it was down to the American avoiding him:
“Right now for me it’s very tough (that the fight never happened). I want a lot of fights. I wanted it before. I wanted a lot of fights with different guys but sometimes it’s difficult because people sometimes doesn’t want to fight.”
Certainly when Golovkin was on that run of carnage through the middleweight division a few years ago it would make perfect sense as to why Mayweather wanted no piece of him.
While Floyd won titles in many different weight classes stepping up to 160lbs to face Golovkin in his prime a few years back was surely something Mayweather knew deep in his heart was a step too far.
As for tonight’s big fight at MSG here are some of the key pieces of info ahead of the first bell:
Golovkin vs Rolls Time, Date, Live Stream and Purse
- Saturday June 8th, 2019
- 9pm ET
- Golovkin vs Rolls live stream on DAZN
- Estimated GGG vs Rolls purse – Golovkin is currently on a $100 million deal for six fights so tonight should walk away with between $15 million. Details for Rolls are unknown but it will certainly be a career high pay day.