At 32 Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin has destroyed every man in his way so far in the professional ranks, and looks like a man on a mission to dominance.
Following his latest dismantling job on Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio the question, is who can challenge him? Golovkin was a standout amateur and has carried his success on as a professional with an undefeated record now standing at 31-0 with 28 knockouts.
Unorthodox punch power
He possesses devastating punch power in either hand and knocks opponents out with unorthodox punches. The shot with which he finished off Rubio was highly unpredictable and didn't seem to be a full blooded shot, but that just goes to show the power the man has.
As well as destructive punch power Golovkin is also technically underrated. He cuts down the ring highly effectively and forces his opponents back without having to do too much himself.
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There seems to be a Mike Tyson like intimidation building around this choir boy-looking world champion. Most boxers seem scared of Golovkin before they even get hit and that could be half the reason why they are losing so badly.
Opponents seem so worried about what Golovkin is doing that they aren't concentrating on what they should be doing to win the fight. This is of course much easier said than done.
As well as the aforementioned qualities it also seems that Golovkin has a good chin. He seems able to take a good shot and fire back with his own more impressive one. This is making for a formidable champion that many believe is unbeatable at middleweight.
The other world champions in the weight division seem to be avoiding Golovkin with the likes of Miguel Cotto very quiet on the subject; a fight with Golovkin would appear far too big a risk for him
Cotto isn't a middleweight really and he could earn more money facing Saul 'Canelo' Alavrez at light middleweight where he would be more comfortable.
Martin Murray next
It has been confirmed that Golovkin will next be fighting in Europe against Britain's Martin Murray in Monte Carlo on February 21. Murray aged 32 holds a record of 29 wins, one loss and one draw and will hopefully provide Golovkin's toughest test to date.
Murray is extremely unlucky not to already be a world champion following a controversial draw with Felix Sturm in Germany and a loss of Sergio Martinez in Argentina.
Murray - Champion without the belt
For my money Murray beat Martinez and was the victim of a home town decision. Murray hasn't got the public profile of some of the other top boxers in the country but he really is a world level fighter who will be confident he can do a job on Golovkin.
He isn't an explosive fighter but he is a big middleweight with good technique and the ability to dig deep when the going gets tough. He earned the right to face Golovkin with a convincing victory over Domenico Spada in the previously mentioned Monte Carlo.
Many will expect another Golovkin knock out win but Murray could well prove to be a legitimate test for the brutal Kazakh who is quickly becoming one of the most entertaining boxers in the sport.
There is however the feeling that Golovkin may have to move weight in order to find the big fights out there. Fights down at light-middleweight could include Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez and Cotto.
If Golovkin was to step-up to super-middleweight then scraps with Carl Froch, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler would all be good match-ups and would show just how good Golovkin is or isn't.
Golovkin does seem unstoppable at this weight but Murray will be determined to prove that wrong given his shot at the titles next year.
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