Experienced middleweight Mehdi Bouadla has shared the ring with some of the best fighters around between 160 and 168lbs through a twelve-year career as a professional.
The 33 year-old became the first fighter to hear the final bell when facing an up and coming Gennady Golovkin in 2007, but stated in an interview with WBN that the now feared pound for pound star is not the hardest hitter he’s faced.
Despite holding a 90% plus KO ratio, Golovkin doesn’t hit as hard as some of the bigger names Bouadla faced at the super middleweight limit, leaving question marks as to whether ‘GGG’ would be as affective if he did make the move up to 168.
“When it comes to middleweight category, Golovkin hits the hardest,” Bouadla told World Boxing News.
“But in my career, the hardest puncher I’ve met remains Mikkel Kessler, then Arthur Abraham after him. That was for the super-middleweight category and you must remember that I’ve made my career in the super-middleweight category.
“My real category remains the middleweight one though, but I have had no opportunities in it, which obliged me to box in the upper category to seek the best chances for my career.”
Golovkin is lined up to meet the winner of the 155lb clash that sees Miguel Cotto defend the WBC middleweight belt against Canelo Alvarez and Bouadla is sure the weight differential favours the Kazakh against the winner – whom the Frechman predicts will be the champion.
“To me, the Cotto v Canelo fight is really 50/50. On the one hand, you have Cotto’s experience, and on the other hand, you have Canelo’s youth and freshness.
“Cotto is slightly more likely to defeat Canelo on points in my opinion, but he will then lose against Golovkin.
“Because the only one who’ll defeat him will be me, Mehdi Bouadla,” he added jokingly.