Gennandy “GGG” Golovkin’s, 35-0 (32) goal like most champions is to win all the organizations titles. He’s come closer to doing that with the vacating of the WBC middleweight title by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 47-1-1 (33) and awarding him as interim champion the title. Now it’s just the WBO title he needs to win and unfortunately at the time WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders, 23-0 (12) stating recently he has no interest in fighting Golovkin.
Alvarez like Floyd “Money’ Mayweather have both held titles but wanted their opponent to come down in weight to meet their satisfactions. For instance Alvarez usually comes in at 155 being just a pound over the super welterweight division limit and defends a title whose weight is 160. Though Golovkin said he can make 154 when he challenged Mayweather prior to his final fight. Mayweather has required his opponents of the two titles he holds at 154 for his opponent to come in at 152. Why should Golovkin who held two titles at the time as did Mayweather agree to the lower weight champion?
When Alvarez won the WBC title from Miguel Cotto the latter had the same requirements due to him also being closer to being a super welterweight. Alvarez earlier this year after agreeing to meet Golovkin in the fall pushed it back recently to 2017. After defeating welterweight Amir Kahn who jumped two divisions after being ignored a chance to fight for the WBC although he is the No. 1 contender No. 2 Danny “Swift” Garcia and No. 6 Robert “Ghost” Guerrero were chosen. After Garcia won the title he claimed he wouldn’t give Kahn a title fight in a rematch making Kahn move up to meet Alvarez.
Golovkin was from Kazakhstan before moving to Germany which is the center of European boxing. And now he lives in Los Angeles
The boxers today have too much authority then back in the day when fighters had only one organization and not five like today. There were no exceptions back then. When negotiations were being made between middleweight champion “Sugar” Ray Robinson and light heavyweight Archie “Mongoose” Moore for Moore’s title weight was not broke down an agreement but purse percentages.
This writer considers Golovkin a “throw back” to those days when Robinson, “Marvelous” Hagler, Dick Tiger and Jake LaMonta were middleweight champions. Golovkin’s critics say “he hasn’t fought anyone” yet he has taken on all those willing to fight him. He is currently on a 22 fight knockout streak and is not brash like Mayweather or Andre “Gold” Ward who sometimes do more talking than fighting.
Ward’s management challenged Golovkin to come up to 168 knowing he needs Golovkin more than Golovkin needs Ward. Here’s a boxer in Ward who takes off two years due to a dispute with his promoter losing one of his two titles keeping some 30 contenders idle from challenging for a title bout. Then Ward comes back against a club fighter weighing over 170 and shoots his mouth off about Golovkin being “G’ not “GGG” for ducking him.
Golovkin will fight anyone in the world but is in a position he doesn’t have to agree to the requirements of boxers like Mayweather insisting he comes down from 160 to 152 or Ward having him come from 160 to 168. Finally Ward who boxed as an amateur at 178 has agreed in the future to meeting Sergei “Krusher” Kovalev who holds three titles in the light heavyweight division.
Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs, 31-1 (28) is on an 11 fight knockout streak since losing his only fight. He’s won the WBA middleweight title since Golovkin holds the Super WBA title having more than one of the organizations
There have been many articles on who is now the No. 1 P4P boxer with the retirement of Mayweather. Some have Ramon “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 45-0 (38) who holds the WBC World flyweight title whose 10 fight knockout streak was stopped in his most recent fight. Recently for several televised bouts Gonzalez and Golovkin have appeared on the same even. These were promoted by K2 Promotions of which Tom Loeffler who is the manager of Golovkin and advisor to former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Gonzalez plans to have one more defense at flyweight before moving up to super flyweight. At light flyweight he held the WBA title before moving up in weight to flyweight. He has a better record than Golovkin but only holds one title to Golovkin’s now four being the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO. Even some have Alvarez. You decide who you think but this writer still contends No. 1 P4P is Gennady “GGG” Golovkin!