On Friday the 18th of December, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will once again step into the boxing ring in search of adding to his legacy and chasing complete greatness as he can set a record breaking achievement of a 21st world middleweight title defence. A modern day great? The calculating pressure fighter and hard hitting man from Kazakhstan is surely without question just that.
His fight this weekend isn’t a trilogy fight with pound for pound king Canelo Álvarez. It isn’t a mega unification fight with the likes of the slick WBO world title holder Demetrius Andrade or the ever confident WBC champion Jermall Charlo. But instead it is against 31 year old, 21-0 polish fighter Kamil Szeremeta. Maybe a little underwhelming to some boxing fans in comparison to some of the potential fights that were just previously mentioned, but one thing is for sure Fridays show, labelled as the “Big Drama Show” is always just that when GGG is involved. As we often see nowadays, being 21-0 and unbeaten looks impressive but doesn’t always mean that you have set the word alight just yet. Many will look at the challenger Kamil Szeremeta’s CV of opponents and although he is a former European champion and is currently ranked 8th in the world at 160 pounds by The Ring Magazine they will certainly agree that the polish middleweight hasn’t fought anyone remotely close to the level of 38 year old Golovkin or his impressive list of opponents.
So can we expect the polish challenger to disgruntle or upset the record chasing Golovkin this Friday night? In all honesty, it seems almost certain that he won’t. However questions may be thrown up about the age of the great fighter from Kazakhstan about how some tough fights in recent years that have added miles to the clock may have affected him. Let’s take for example in the last three years the two wars that he had with the pound for pound number one fighter on the planet Canelo Álvarez. Both men seemed to just walk through each other’s biggest and best shots after sharing 24 brutal rounds in total over two amazing fights. Also in 2017 there was a highly competitive fight shared with the “Miracle Man” Danny Jacobs that went the distance with Gennady winning by unanimous decision but in a fight that many still to this day feel that Jacobs did enough to have won. Then of course last year after knocking out Steve Rolls in emphatic fashion as fully expected Golovkin fought the always game and tough Ukrainian middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight world title and the IBO title. The fight was similar to the Jacobs fight where although Golovkin was picked by the judges as the unanimous winner, the performance and display from Derevyanchenko had some under the opinion that the Ukrainian won the fight.
So are there signs of a decline from GGG now at the age of 38? Is this the right time to fight him so to speak? It’s certainly what Szeremeta will be hoping as he steps into the ring for the 22nd time in his career and for the biggest fight of his life live on DAZN. The task is huge, in fact it’s mammoth in beating GGG. One of the modern day greats, a two time middleweight world champion, and a man with 40 professional wins to his name.
How does this one play out? In all honesty I think it plays out as everyone expects with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin winning this fight to successfully defend his world titles in explosive and emphatic fashion. I fully expect him to come away with a KO/TKO win to end 2020 with a huge high, another accolade and record to add to the mantelpiece of personal pride and recognition.
So with that being said, if GGG does do the business this Friday eveningwhat will 2021 hold for the thunderous puncher who carries that iron chin. Of course Friday’s fight comes on the eve of the much anticipated Super Middleweight showdown between Golovkin’s former foe Canelo Álvarez and Callum Smith for the WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight world titles. Will GGG have his sights set on facing the winner of that clash? How about a fight that has been rumoured on and off for years with current WBO Super Middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders? Or as we have mentioned are the unification fights at middleweight the more realistic options for Golovkin to explore in 2021 against Demetrius Andrade or Jermall Charlo? What ever the man himself decides to do in 2021, although his legacy and reputation as a modern day boxing great is undoubtedly already fulfilled. One thing is for certain there will always be a “Big Drama Show” with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s name on it.
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