Going Forward with GGG
Asked who he might fight next, Golovkin said, “It doesn’t matter.” But it does matter to his hordes of new fans…
“GGG at MSG on HBO is an exciting combination.”—Tom Loeffler, director of K2 Promotions.
It now appears that Gennady Golovkin will follow a less exacting scenario—one that has him fighting more frequently in 2013 including alternating engagements in Europe and possibly Madison Square Garden. The scenario has already begun with his resounding KO of never-before-stopped Nobuhiro Ishida in the third round in Salle Des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco on March 31
The end came after GGG set up the usually durable Ishida with punishing jackhammer jabs in the second and then unloaded an overhand right (i.e., a straight right hand over the top) that knocked Ishida cold and through the lower rung. The impact could be heard throughout Monte Carlo and even disturbed degenerate and wealthy gamblers, albeit for a mini-second. The frightening KO, which may well have scared off other contenders, now brings GGG’s record to 26-0 and further demonstrates his ability to put opponents to sleep using either his left hook (as with never-before-stopped Lajuan Simon) or his lethal overhand right (as with Ishida).
Asked who he might fight next, Golovkin said, “It doesn’t matter.” But it does to his hordes of fans because of the new and exciting possibilities. All of a sudden, he is the new killer du jour on the landscape, and I’ll join the refrain that Gennady Golovkin is just what boxing needs today. Like the great Kostya Tszyu, GGG is all about charisma, being fan-friendly, super talented, revered by his cult-like fans (especially on Facebook), humble, and oh yes, very, very marketable.
Down the road Andre Ward (at a catchweight) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez might pop up as possible opponents. A fight with Ward would give Golovkin a keen risk-reward equation. Most would see him losing, but if he somehow won, he would become an instant legend.
A fight between Gennady and Matthew Macklin (26-4, 23 KO’s) is being loosely discussed for the summer. Golovkin needs a high profile opponent and the 30-year-old “Mack the Knife” Macklin fits that bill. If that potential slaughter is made, I see GGG winning two more outings and then meeting Martinez for a mega fight sometime in 2014.
The following superb video tracks Golovkin as he works through the before, during, and after process of his engagement in Monaco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZS1fCr0STQ&feature=youtu.be