Gennady Golovkin has confirmed his return to New York on June 8. The former middleweight king will battle undefeated Canadian Steve Rolls.
As WBN reported last month, Golovkin would return on the date. Only the opponent was up in the air.
At the time, Brandon Adams was pencilled in to face ‘GGG’. That was until The Contender winner turned his attention to an offer from Jermall Charlo.
Now, Golovkin drafts in Rolls. The fight is potentially a warm-up for bigger things by the end of the year.
“I am very excited to be returning to the ring. I’m bringing the Big Drama Show back to Madison Square Garden. The Garden’s fans are fantastic,” said Golovkin regarding his comeback from a decision loss to Canelo Alvarez.
“I love boxing. I promise to bring the best of me to everyone who will be watching me. It will be an all-action fight with Steve Rolls. I’m very happy that GGG Promotions has a new home at DAZN.”
Rolls took the official announcement as an opportunity to warn Golovkin of his intentions.
“I want to sincerely thank DAZN. Also GGG himself for giving me the opportunity to challenge one of the best fighters in the world,” said Rolls. “But let me be clear. I’ve won national championships. I’ve represented my country. Golovkin is just a man.
“I’m coming to win this fight. I’ll put my name among the best middleweights in the world.”
Joseph Markowski, DAZN Executive Vice President, North America added: “Gennady Golovkin is one of the top middleweights of all-time.
“As part of DAZN’s growing roster of premiere fighters and our ongoing promise to deliver the best fights to fans. We are thrilled to kick off this exciting partnership at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
“It will surely be an electric night and just the beginning of this next chapter of Golovkin’s impressive legacy.”
Victory could push Golovkin into a WBO title shot with Demetrius Andrade.
Recently, Canelo stated a trilogy fight between the pair was only possible if Golovkin had a belt. Andrade is the only other man in the division with a strap.
Golovkin v Andrade has huge potential for September. The veteran must come through Rolls first.
It’s a whole new ballgame for boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN!
Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) is from Karaganda, Kazakhstan. He brings his Big Drama Show back to the “Mecca of Boxing” at Madison Square Garden for the first time in over two years. The bout will be his eagerly-awaited DAZN debut on Saturday, June 8.
Golovkin’s resume includes a record 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses (18 by way of knockout). He has consistently drawn packed houses to the five previous events he has headlined at The Garden, dating back to 2013.
He will rumble with undefeated Top-10 contender and Kronk Gym alumnus STEVE ROLLS (19-0, 10 KOs), from Toronto, Canada.
The battle is scheduled for 12 rounds at a maximum weight of 164lbs.
Golovkin vs. Rolls kicks off an exclusive six-fight, three-year global partnership. GGG Promotions and DAZN are together as one. DAZN is the world’s fastest-growing sports streaming platform.
A two-city press tour, featuring both fighters, will take place next week. Starting at Madison Square Garden on Monday, April 22 It will conclude in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 23.
Details on those events will be forthcoming.
Golovkin v Rolls is promoted by GGG Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets to The Big Apple battle between Golovkin and Rolls go on sale This Saturday, April 20, at Noon ET. Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50. Not including fees, tickets may be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office. All Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.
Notably, this will be the second of two major boxing events The Garden will host on back-to-back boxing weekends. Both of which will be live exclusively on DAZN.
England’s Anthony Joshua will make his United States and Madison Square Garden debut. AJ makes a defense of his unified heavyweight title. Just one week before Golovkin’s highly anticipated return on June 8.
Golovkin, 37, has reigned supreme in the Middleweight Division for nearly a decade.
Eighteen of his record 20 title defenses came by way of knockout. A 90% ratio which is sure to remain the division’s highest knockout percentage for a world champion.
Golovkin’s tenure as champion ended last September. He lost a hotly disputed majority decision in a rematch with Canelo Alvarez.
A dominant amateur standout and Olympic Silver Medalist before turning professional in 2006. Golovkin’s career has been on an historic trajectory.
Including a 23-fight victory-by-knockout streak. Plus unifying the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO World Middleweight Titles.
Golovkin has also proven himself to be box office gold. He has sold out the most iconic arenas of the world. Including Madison Square Garden, T-Mobile Arena and O2 Arena. Plus, The Fabulous Forum, and StubHub Center.
Rolls, 35, making his debut at The Garden. He will be looking to ice Golovkin with his version of a Canadian cold front.
In his most recent fight, he won the vacant USBA middleweight title last December. It came via unanimous decision over KeAndrae Leatherwood.
He’s world-rated No. 9 rated by the IBF. Rolls has stopped four of his last seven opponents while keeping his record perfect.