During a recent press conference in ( ), former lineal middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin officially announced that he has taken his services to the DAZN streaming app, for at least the next six fights of his career.
Golovkin is coming off of a split-decision loss to his heated rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this past September, a fight he strongly believes he deserved to win. Golovkin and Alvarez have now fought twice, with both contests taking place in Las Vegas, and it was though by many in the sport that “GGG” deserved to win the first contest as well.
The loss to Alvarez in their rematch was very deflating for Golovkin, as it was his first career defeat. Afterwards, he went silent for a while while people speculated what his next move would be.
In that time, Alvarez signed a huge, 11-fight, $365 million deal with DAZN, news that sent shock waves through the sport. Golovkin was a free agent following the Alvarez rematch and he apparently weighed offers from ESPN and SHOWTIME, before electing to go with DAZN.
Now that the news is official, and with Golovkin lined up for a June return, we can take a look at what may be in store for the Kazakhstan fighter these coming years.
One thing you have to give DAZN is that they have been very active in trying to recruit as many high-level prizefighters as possible. It will be while before fans of the sport get fully adjusted to streaming big fights, as opposed to watching them on pay per view or HBO, who has since left the business. But the names are there for some exciting matchups for Golovkin depending on how he goes about this.
These are some potential fights that could take place for Golovkin in the next few years, given the current landscape at DAZN.
Canelo Alvarez Trilogy
This is the no-brainer of the group. For a boxer there is nothing more bitter than suffering a controversial loss, and in Golovkin’s heart he believes he defeated Alvarez twice, only to come away with a draw and a close loss.
Word is that a September showdown is already on tap, but that will depend on how Canelo deals with his next task; a May 4th matchup vs. highly regarded IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.
Andrade is somewhat of a dark horse on DAZN. But as the current WBO middleweight champion, he has some leverage on his side. Andrade possesses the kind of unorthodox attack that Golovkin hasn’t seen before, and as an athletic southpaw he would certainly give “GGG” a different look. Andrade has been calling for the big names and he is already 2-0 since signing with DAZN last year, notching a unanimous decision over Walter Kautondokwa and a 12th round stoppage over Artur Akavov.
If Golovkin is focusing on legacy-defining matchups, there may be nothing better than a showdown with Smith, who burst onto the scene after defeating George Groves this past September to capture his title as well as winning the World Boxing Super Series. “Mundo” as they call him, is a very athletic fighter with great fundamentals and just enough power to make things interesting. It would be interesting to see how Golovkin would go about fighting him.
Jacobs is a fighter you can never count out. He pushed Golovkin to the absolute brink in their March 2017 fight in New York, before suffering a close unanimous decision loss, but he fought so well that some had him winning that contest. Jacobs is never short of confidence, and he will need all of it to get past his next test, a May 4 Las Vegas duel with Canelo Alvarez.
Munguia currently holds the WBO junior middleweight title and has shown himself to be an all-action fighter who never lets up the attack. He has fought six times over the past year and is eyeing an April 13 defense of his title vs. Denis Hogan. Given his frame, an eventual move up to the middleweight class will follow, and it would be guaranteed fireworks if he and Golovkin were to cross paths.
This fight stands out as perhaps the most peculiar, as Bivol, the WBA light heavyweight champion, is two divisions above Golovkin. But Bivol has expressed an interest in moving down to chase big fights, and if Golovkin is game, he could surely move up to meet him. It would be a big test for Golovkin to see how he would deal with Bivol’s size, reach, and athleticism.
All of these are interesting fights, but it should be noted that the rumor mill has Golovkin possibly returning in his first DAZN fight to face off with EBU European champion Kamil Szeremeta.