Don George Heads South

By Clarence George on February 13, 2013
Don George Heads South
As Johnny Rocco said in Key Largo: "More. That's right! I want more!" (Ed Mulholland)

Super middleweight Donovan George, he of the wrecking-ball fists, has moved down to middleweight. And why not? First, the 160-pound class is by far the more venerable and prestigious of the two, hallowed by the likes of Stanley Ketchel, Tiger Flowers, Marcel Cerdan, Sugar Ray Robinson, Carlos Monzon, Marvelous Marvin Hagler… Hey, we’re talking about the middleweight division over here; the list of greats is like the Energizer Bunny—it keeps going and going. Second, George hit the glass ceiling over at super middleweight. He didn’t get, and wasn’t going to get, a shot at the princes of the division—Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, or Lucian Bute. Even if he had, he’d have been unlikely to come out on top against any of them, with the possible exception of Bute.

Twenty-eight-year-old George (24-3-1, 21 KOs) turned pro nine years ago. From 2005 to 2010, the Chicagoan won 18 consecutive fights, 15 by stoppage. He had three fights in 2012, losing by unanimous decision to Edwin Rodriguez in March, beating Dionisio Miranda by sixth-round TKO in August, and losing an IBF title eliminator to Adonis Stevenson by 12th-round TKO in October. His third defeat came in 2010, losing by seventh-round technical decision to Francisco Sierra. He drew in his third fight, against Marcus Hicks. George’s first venture as middleweight took place on February 1 of this year. “Da Bomb” easily dispatched journeyman James Cook via first-round KO.

“At 160 pounds, no one can take my power,” said George after his demolition of Cook. “No one at this weight can take my power.”

No one? George clearly doesn’t know that when the man of triumph entered ancient Rome, a slave, holding a wreath of gold atop his head, whispered “Remember thou art mortal and all glory is fleeting.” If only someone would do that for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Adrien Broner! Not that George can’t shake things up at middleweight. He would, at the very least, make things warm for guys like Peter Quillin, Matthew Macklin, and Martin Murray. Perhaps even for a rather faded Felix Sturm.

The bout I’d most like to see is Gennady Golovkin vs. Donovan George. And it’s certainly doable. WBA middleweight champ Golovkin (25-0-0, 22 KOs) has made it clear that he’ll fight anyone at junior middleweight, middleweight, and super middleweight, and that’s not excepting Saul Alvarez, Sergio Martinez, Andre Ward, or…Donovan George. Could George beat Golovkin? Um…no.

“Da Bomb” is scheduled to fight again on March 22. His opponent has yet to be announced, but we know it won’t be “GGG”, who’s slated to fight (and demolish) Nobuhiro Ishida on March 30.

As fellow Chicagoan Johnny Rocco said in Key Largo: “More. That’s right! I want more!” That’s what George wants. And, at the middleweight division, that’s what he’s going to get…though he may sometimes regret what he wished for.

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