Through Ken Hissner: This writer wants to know if the IBF and IBO middleweight world champion Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin is respected enough?
Granted, “GGG” is my favorite boxer, but if he had gotten a well-deserved decision on September 16, 2017, instead of a draw with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, would we call Alvarez the No.1 P4P? today?
Just before Alvarez’s first fight, ‘GGG’ saw his twenty-three consecutive elimination streak stopped by Danny ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs, 32-1, on March 18, 2017, in a close fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. York. It was even closer than Alvarez’s verdict with scores of 114-113 and 115-112, twice retaining his WBA, WBC and IBF titles, improving his record to 37-0.
In “Canelo” ‘s first fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, judge Adalaide Byrd had him 118-110 for “Canelo” and, if he was right, received a suspension. 30 days instead of a lifetime suspension. David Moretti had it 115-113 ‘GGG’ while Don Trella scored it 114-114 which was bad enough.
“Canelo” ran the last seven laps after feeling the punching power of “GGG”, and if the latter had raced they would have called him “Chicken!” While Canelo was inactive for a year, ‘GGG’ made a defense on May 5, 2018, knocking out top Armenian contender Vanes ‘Nightmare’ Martirosyan, 36-3-1, in 2 rounds.
On September 15, 2018, the rematch took place again at the T-Mobile Arena with “Canelo”. Although www.boxrec.com claims that Abel Sanchez was still the coach of ‘GGG’ if I remember correctly, there was a dispute over the money, and Sanchez was replaced by Jonathan Banks.
Either way, instead of ‘GGG’ remaining his normal boxer-puncher style, he decided to box with little oomph. The result, which could have been a draw, ended with Judge Glenn Feldman having 114-114 Dave Moretti judging their first fight now reversing his score to 115-113 for ‘Canelo’ and Steve Weisfeld with the same score of 115-113 for ‘Canelo’ whose record improved to 50-1-2.
In this writer’s opinion, ‘Canelo’ rose to the top to win the world titles at # 168 and # 175 to avoid a third meeting with ‘GGG’ while giving Danny Jacobs his only defense at 160 between them. ! Jacobs? Why not ‘GGG’ who had defeated Jacobs?
After the loss to ‘Canelo’, ‘GGG’ the following June knocked out Canadian Steve Rolls, 19-0, in 4 rounds at Madison Square Garden. Four months later, he won the vacant IBF and IBO titles by beating Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko, 13-1, by scores of 115-112 twice and 114-113. The loser’s only previous loss was a split decision for Jacobs.
At 37, the reports were “Is GGG getting old?” It is reported on wiki box rec that he was 345-5 among amateurs with an Olympic silver medal in 2004. So that’s been quite a few fights so far.
It would take fourteen months before “GGG” fights again on December 18, 2020 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., Stopping Polish Kamil Szeremeta, 21-0, in 7 rounds. It was his last game.
‘GGG’ is set to meet in December with WBA middleweight champion Japan’s Ryota Murata, 16-2, who won his title in December 2019 but has not fought since. In May of this year, WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy ‘The American Dream’ Lara knocked out Thomas ‘Cornflake’ Lamanna in the first round, heralded as the vacant WBA middleweight title. So I’m assuming ‘GGG’ will take on Murata, who won’t have the WBA title at the time of the fight.
The IBF lists unranked numbers 1 and 2, with number 3 being Patrick Wojcicki, 14-0-1, of Germany, who has not fought since November 2019. He defended his IBF Inter-Continental title in his previous struggle. Jaime Munguia, ranked No.4, 37-0, is said to have fought “GGG”, but is expected to fight Gabe “King” Rosado in November, which “GGG” stopped in January 2013 at Madison Square Garden, where this writer covered. this.
This writer had the pleasure of speaking with both Rosado and “GGG” prior to this fight. First of all, Rosado in his hometown of Philly, I wondered why being one of the top contenders at 154, he would come up to face ‘GGG’, and he said, ‘If I beat GGG, I will be a superstar! I was like, “You don’t beat GGG!” He had a good turn for ‘GGG’ but otherwise took a beating. When the fight was stopped in the seventh round, oddly enough, Rosado ran into a corner and jumped on the ropes with his hands high! I asked a fellow writer in Philly, “Did he know he’s lost?”
My pre-fight call to one of the training partners for ‘GGG’ was Dhafir ‘No Fear’ Smith from Philly, who was in a second camp with him “How are you?” He replied, “He hits like a heavyweight!” I then asked about other Philly’s training partner Farah Ennis, a future NABF Super Middle champion who was there at camp. Ennis replied: “He’s screwing me up!” I understand he did better at the end of the camp.
So whether it’s Murata in December or whoever it is, I hope to see the 41-1-1 with 36 saves IBF & IBO middleweight world champion improve with another win at 39 over a competitor from high level ! So, let’s pay “respect” to a champion in and out of the ring who is simply called “GGG” for everything he has given to boxing since May 2006, when he made his debut!