Gennady Golovkin: Terror at 160
Another pummelling display from Gennady Golovkin at the weekend has raised more awareness to what a lot in the boxing industry already knew, that the Kazakhstani fighter has the power to have even the best in the middleweight division running for cover.
The 31 year-old’s stalking third round victory over a seasoned Matthew Macklin in Connecticut on Saturday was not only scary to watch, but had a real sense of fear to it that the Irishman could get badly hurt at any moment in the fight.
Granted this is not what boxing is about, but the edge of the seat terror gives another dimension to the ringside experience for both fans and media alike, with Golovkin bringing an intensity in the same ilk as a peak Mike Tyson in the 1980’s.
Back then, all witnessing a Tyson fight would know the end was going to come soon, it was just a matter of when and how bad, which was mimicked in how Golovkin dominated a world-class operator in Macklin and took him out with a crunching body punch in round three.
Every shot from Golovkin was hurting Macklin, even his jab as the two-time European champion confessed, and now that the secret is out at the very highest level, it makes me wonder who would possibly fancy their chances next against the beastly 27-0 machine.
Golovkin called out Sergio Martinez in the aftermath of his impressive win and has intimated through his trainer Abel Sanchez that he can even make 154lbs in a bid to lure a big-money showdown with Floyd Mayweather in future.
I am not even sure that the great Mayweather would fancy getting hit by those bulldozer punches, although there would be a case to say that Golovkin would certainly not have the same impact if he did manage to boil down the six pounds to the light-middleweight limit.
According to Sanchez though, ‘GGG’ can make the weight as easy as bulking up to 168lbs, which would also bring Andre Ward and Carl Froch into the equation and bring endless possibilities for Golovkin to sell out arenas in the coming years.
Who takes the chance against the current WBA and IBO title holder in the immediate future though is another story, with a possible three-belt unification against Daniel Geale, Peter Quillin or even Martinez looking a long way off.
One man that would have no hesitation in my mind would be Britain’s Martin Murray, which would also make for an entertaining scrap as the St. Helens man is know for his ability to take a good shot as his challenge against ‘Maravilla’ demonstrated recently.
The ambitious Murray, who should really still be undefeated, has always accepted all middleweight comers and with his name now known Stateside on the back of his two world title efforts, should be relatively easy fight to sell to HBO for the late fall.
Whether former WBC champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would be interested in meeting Golovkin head on is highly debatable as the Mexican contemplates a comeback from his first loss to Martinez against fringe contender Bryan Vera in the coming months.
The likes of defeated hopefuls Marco Rubio, Andy Lee and Sergio Mora will be amongst those interested in taking on the task of ending Golovkin’s seemingly insurmountable unbeaten record next, but in my mind it could be a while before we see the very best of the division follow suit.