Praise the lord oh praise the lord we finally may have another great true middleweight. The middleweight division has always been the bread and butter for the boxing community. It is the division Hagler, Duran, Hopkins, Monzon, Robinson, and Dempsey excelled in. Literally if you name a great fighter outside of the heavyweight class over the past 120 years he probably competed as a middleweight.
The reason is because at 160 lbs the balance of speed and power is just right to satisfy both the western gotta have a knockout appetite and the eastern to hit and not be hit fan. Who is this next great middleweight? His name is Gennady Golovkin.
Like for most boxing fans the past 15 years in the fight game have been somewhat of a drag. That is not to say there have not been great fights or fighters Floyd Mayweather Jr. is quite possibly the greatest fighter ever but what did the faces of the non boxing community look like after he beat Pacquiao? The dominance of the Klitschko brothers in the heavyweight class (the last time they lost was to Lennox Lewis in 2004) and the Mayweatheresque run of the welterweights have left the excitement to Europe and to the scorecards in America.
It’s kinda hard to get excited about something you can’t see or may question its validity but since Golovkin or Triple G as he is sometimes called quietly stepped foot into American homes on HBO. The boxing kitchen has gotten hotter and hotter.
GGG is the fighter you want to tell your friends about. He is always smiling and constantly complimenting the other fighters of his era. There is no trash talk and the odds he is caught in some domestic violence that leaves his fans embarrassed that they supported him are slim to none. Everything about him says he respects his craft and the legacy he may leave behind. Oh and by the way he also likes to end the fight before the judges can think about it. His last 20 fights have ended by way of knockout (he currently hold the all time middleweight record for KO pct.) but what makes it special is that it’s not the bull rush of Tyson that produces this outcome. It is a surgical approach of dismantling the opponent where the ring slowly gets smaller and smaller until finally like an episode of animal planet the predator has his prey.
Fortunately for fight fans casual fans and the boxing community as a whole the story of Gennady Golovkin is not over but is just building to climax. In the next year and a half he will have a super fight with one or more of the greatest of his time (GGG likes to fight multiple times a year another plus for fans). Who and when that will be is somewhat unknown right now due to the fact anyone who has said they would has yet to make it official but it definitely will happen that is for sure. One more knockout and sold out venue and there will be too much money to ignore and for us fight fans we will finally have something we can believe in.