Middleweight sensation, Gennady Golovkin produced a dazzling display of skill to overpower and wear down the hard hitting David Lemieux on Saturday night to further his place toward fighting the winner of Miguel Cotto vs Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. That fight takes place on November 21st for Cotto’s WBC middleweight strap that he grabbed from Sergio Martinez last year in what was an upset in many people’s eyes.
But, and although this may be seen as taking a major liberty, let’s assume that Golovkin overcomes the winner of that bout. What will await him further down the road? The Kazakh boxer isn’t exactly a small middleweight, contrary to claims that he is, and a lack of big names at the middleweight division will possibly see him move up to super-middleweight by the end of next year should he have already dealt with either Canelo or Cotto. Andre Ward could soon be making his debut at 175lb to take on the fearsome Sergey Kovalev in what is a fascinating fight on its own, so he probably won’t figure in Golovkin’s future. And forget Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although Mayweather has faced just about who everybody wanted during his six fight Showtime contract, Golovkin is just too big for the two camps to come to some sort of compromise. Chris Eubank Sr, father of the upcoming young brash middleweight has, in the last couple of days, stated that he thinks his son can beat the middleweight destroyer. However, it is very doubtful that ‘GGG’ will stick around long enough for everybody to find out. Eubank Jr, himself, has a demon to face in Billy Joe Saunders, who let’s face it, is leagues below the likes of a Gennady Golovkin!
So, back to discussing a move to 168lb, the most realistic names are the likes of James DeGale and Badou Jack. Hardly mouth watering at this point, but DeGale and Jack still have time to build up their reputations in the States in the mean time before bouts with either two can be negotiated. But it can be said that the British champion does present an interesting style! Jack less so, but he came through George Groves recently, a win that was sort of unexpected. At least here on British soil. And one can be sure that Golovkin would hang around 168lb long enough to face a few routine names before deciding even further on what to do after. An interesting question is whether Golovkin would carry his power up to a further weight class. Lemieux, although he was stopped, said that wasn’t the hardest he had been hit on Saturday night. But opponents are hit so meticulously that it is likely the accuracy and the choice of shots that he was hit with that was ultimately his downfall. And that would be the downfall of many. It is unlikely that he will be able to literally flatten foes at that weight class in the same fashion he dished out to the likes of Marco Antonio Rubio, Matthew Macklin and Daniel Geale. Not that Golovkin even tries to! He fights in a very mature manner in that he picks his shots and waits for the knockout to come naturally. Something that is not often seen.
Fans and experts alike have been waiting for a new star to take the space that Floyd Mayweather vacated in his place when he exited the sport, and it looks as if we did not have to wait too long for that position to be filled.
But let’s just leave the comparisons to Marvin Hagler for another time, eh?
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