Gennady 'Triple G' Golovkin successfully defended his IBO and WBA Super middleweight titles over the weekend, scoring a 6th round stoppage win over slick southpaw Willie Monroe Jr to stretch his undefeated boxing record to 33-0, with an outstanding 30 victories coming by way of knock-out.
In the process the Kazakh powerhouse overtook Mike Tyson's record by scoring his 20th consecutive stoppage. The beast from the east now wants the opportunity to unify the middleweight division and hold all the belts.
The hottest performer in boxing right now is without question Golovkin and whilst he is picking up a huge fan base from working with HBO and fighting out of America, the boxing world feel he is long overdue a unification bout.
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The other champions in the 160Ib division are Andy Lee (WBO) and Miguel Cotto (WBC) with David Lemieux and Hassan N'dam fighting for the vacant IBF strap next month. Public demand would love the Cotto fight, although the Puerto Rican may favour taking on Mexican hot shot Saul Alvarez later in the year providing he gets through Daniel Geale in June.
The middleweight Mike Tyson is extremely active, wanting to fight four times this year, and does not want to wait for his chance to get all the gold; promoter Tom Loeffer is looking at a champion v champion bout possibly in September.
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The best middleweight since Sugar Ray Robinson, according to trainer Abel Sanchez, Golovkin has systematically taken every game challenger apart with his last 14 fights being world title contests.
The victims on Triple G's resume are impressive; a third round demolition job on former IBF champion Daniel Geale last year, the only boxer to stop world rated fighters Martin Murray, Osumanu Adama and most recently Willie Monroe Jr.
With an outstanding amateur record of 345-5, the self promoted 'Mexican style' fighter is allergic to tasting defeat and going back further into his professional career proves just how high he has come up through the levels of opposition.
Tracing the path back
James Kirkland recently lost to Alvarez but the hard hitting American's first defeat came at the hands of Nobuhiro Ishida. A former light middleweight champion, Ishida took on GGG in 2013 and suffered the first knock-out defeat of his career.
Grzegorz Proksa looked a promising middleweight contender but the former European champion was halted in the fifth in 2012 by the Kazakh. English prospects Frank Buglioni and Adam Etches both suffered major setbacks as they were stopped by the tough Belarussian Sergey Khomitsky but guess who in his eight professional fight in 2007 stopped Khomitsky in the fifth round? Yep it was the WBA super champ Golovkin.
All this may not seem relevant looking towards the future but it just goes to show evidence of just how easy the 160Ib king has dealt with tough world-rated fighters over the years.
Now we expect the elite to come to the table, more excitement is guaranteed and although Abel Sanchez has made clear that his fighter will only move down to 154Ibs for a catch-weight fight with Floyd Mayweather (putting Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara out of the mix), Triple G also has the option of moving up to super middleweight to fight the likes of Carl Froch and Andre Ward.
It's an exciting time to be a boxing fan and hopefully the always smiling Golovkin won't be avoided much longer so he can achieve his goal of being the undisputed middleweight ruler.
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