Who is Gennadiy Golovkin forthcoming opponent Steve Rolls?

Ringside 28/05/2019
GGG Rolls

📸 Amanda Westcott

Wait a minute … Who is Steve Rolls, anyhow? There has been a bunch of talk about this being a tune-up for Gennady Golovkin but Rolls –the unknown– doesn’t see it that way.

On June 8th, the former unified middleweight champ will take on his first opponent of 2019. To say that GGG is a favorite in this fight would be an understatement. You can find him as high as -7000 with Rolls at +3000. The boxing odds on the winner outcome just are not worth it getting into. That is unless you think that Steve Rolls will actually win. So, when it comes to betting value, you have to look at other markets like props. So we recommend checking different sportsbooks to see if you are interested in placing some action on the fight.

The Tale of the Tape

Sorry for such a cliche sub-header, but hey, it is boxing! Golovkin is a worldwide household name. He has fought the best boxers on the planet on multiple occasions. Although these fighters are similar in age, GGG 37, and Rolls 35, the experience level is quite different. Gennady has 38 wins in a total of 39 professional appearances. On the other hand, Steve Rolls has 19 wins professionally, totally 100% of his appearances in the ring.

Both are orthodox righties. GGG has roughly a centimeter height advantage while Rolls has a near two-inch reach advantage (5CM). With 10 knockouts under his belt, we would think that Rolls has some power … but when you look at the long list of nobodies his wins have come from … you would think that his KO percentage should be higher.

This leads me to believe that he is going to have a very, very hard time trying to knock out a world-class tactician with a solid chin. Meanwhile, we have Golovkin with an 89% KO rate against guys like Vanes Martirosyan, Kell Brook, Dominic Wade, Mathew Macklin, Willie Monroe Jr., David Lemieux, etc. His only loss was a very questionable one that came as a majority decision against Canelo Alverez. Watching that fight with no particular bias, I did feel like Triple G did enough to win. That said, it doesn’t matter what I think … it doesn’t matter that I figured Triple G would have to knock him out to win given the fact the fight was held on May 4th.

The point is we know what we are getting with GGG. And he even has a new top-tier coach, the same trainer who brought Klitschko back to the top late in his career, Johnathan Banks. That said, GGG’s departure from his long-time relationship with Abel Sanchez could shake things up a bit. Will his head be in it 100 percent? Not that it matters. Golovkin would probably beat Rolls with no trainer at all.

But it does bring up one factor. Rolls is an unknown. What does he bring to the table? Because he isn’t a fighter that GGG has been able to watch over the years and study over time, he will be trying to cram tape sessions last minute to dissect Rolls’ strengths and weaknesses. Even GGG himself stated that he didn’t know much about his opponent, which is dangerous.

We know that Rolls has stated that this is by no means a tune-up and that he’s ‘coming to win.’ But let’s be honest, GGG will either pick him apart and get a unanimous decision or win by KO/TKO.

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