Ogogo: Golovkin has to move up, almost cleaned up at 160
British middleweight Anthony Ogogo is hopeful of one day sharing the ring with one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world right now as Gennady Golovkin continues to dominate his division.
Golovkin, 33, battered David Lemieux into submission last month to add the IBF title to his IBO, WBA and interim WBC versions and is currently riding high in the WBN P4P list on the back of a 34-fight unblemished record.
Ogogo, who is 26 and still making his initial impression on the sport, doesn’t believe anyone could touch the Kazakh at 160 and says run at super middleweight should be in Golovkin’s near future in order to fully cement his legacy.
The WBC have stipulated ‘GGG’ meets the winner of the upcoming WBC title clash between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, even though there is some considerable doubt as to whether the eventual victor will be keen to tackle Golovkin.
“GGG was tremendous against Lemieux. Everybody knows about GGG’s power, but he showed great technical ability, boxing skills and nous to negate the very dangerous Lemieux,” Ogogo told World Boxing News.
“He’s the number one middleweight in the world right now, to me there’s no doubt about that. I feel like he’s naturally too big for Cotto and Canelo. Cotto and Canelo are both light middleweights in my opinion, both are world class tremendous fighters but GGG for me is too big for either one of them at 160lbs.”
Asked if he sees a future fight with Golovkin during his own career, Ogogo added: “I believe so yes, he’s the man and to be the man you have to beat the man. And I definitely want to be the man,” he said.
“Boxing is all about timing. Golovkin is 33 years old already and he’s been a pro for a long time. Father Time catches up with everyone and for me Golovkin has to move up to 168lbs for the super-fights because he has almost cleaned up at 160.
“We’ve seen time and time again fighters moving up in weight, then they move down and they aren’t the same force as they were before, like Roy Jones Jr.
“I’m a young 26, fresh, I’ve had only eight fights. I haven’t been very active since turning pro due to two unfortunate injuries, so I’m fresh. I believe by the time I’m 29 I’ll be approaching my physical prime, boxing IQ wise I’d have had three years learning in the gym and in fights and I think I’ll be a match for anyone.
“If GGG is still about I think he’d have fluctuated through the weights and if he ever came back down to 160 I don’t think he’s be as destructive as he is now. But for the time being, as a young pro, all I do is look up to the great fighters like Golovkin, Cotto, and of course, Canelo.”