Gennady Golovkin extended his unbeaten record to 34-0 (31KOs) last weekend in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden when he stopped David Lemieux after eight rounds.
In doing so, GGG became the IBF middleweight champion of the world, which means he currently holds the IBF, WBA (super), WBC (interim) and IBO middleweight world titles.
Lemieux, who was coming into the fight with a fierce knockout record of his own – 31 in 34 victories and two losses – was, on paper, meant to give Golovkin a stern test.
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The result, however, was total domination from GGG. The Kazakh king brought together a scintillating mix of power, efficiency and timing on his way to stopping a bloodied Lemieux midway through the eighth round.
As the dust is settling on the 33-year-old's fantastic main event debut on HBO. The question on everyone’s lips is what does the future hold for the most clinical destroyer in middleweight history?
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Winner of Miguel Cotto vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez?
Miguel Cotto v Saul Alvarez promises to provide fireworks. The two warriors go head-to-head on November 21 for the WBC middleweight title, in a bout that reignites the legendary Puerto Rico v Mexico boxing rivalry.
It is likely that the winner will go on to face Golovkin in the near future. Despite both men being elite fighters and, certainly in Cotto’s case, great world champions, neither are 'natural' middleweights.
Their fight is taking place at a catchweight of 155lbs - 5lbs below the middleweight maximum. If the winner of the fight does decide to step up and fight GGG it will be a huge pay-per-view attraction. However, it is difficult to see either man being able to cope with Golovkin’s power advantage.
Winner of Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders?
December 19, 2015, will go down in history as the first time two boxers from travelling families have contested for a legitimate world title. Lee, the heavy hitting Limerick man, is perhaps the marginal favourite heading into the fight, but Saunders has more than enough ability to outbox his opponent and become world champion.
If GGG has his mind set on cleaning up the middleweight division, then it’s only logical that he’d consider the winner of this contest as one of his next opponents.
Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, recently said in an interview with On The Ropes Radio, via Sky Sports: “Gennady is after the middleweight belt and he wants all four of them, the major ones”.
The WBO belt, despite not carrying the prestige of the IBF, WBC and WBA titles, is still seen as a major crown, and I’m sure the winner would relish the chance to face the Kazakh. Again, though, they would go in as the huge underdog.
Prior to 'officially' retiring in July, there were some initial talks held about a possible Wembley showdown between Carl Froch and Golovkin. Love him or hate him, Froch, the former WBC, IBF and WBA super middleweight champion, is one of the greatest fighters to come out of England and a huge box office attraction in Great Britain.
Despite now working as a pundit for Sky Sports Boxing, Froch’s long-time promoter, Eddie Hearn, recently revealed that Froch had made contact with him after seeing Golovkin fight Lemieux. Hearn told Fighthype.com: “Carl phoned me for my opinion on the Golovkin fight. Something burns away at Carl to get back in the ring." If, and it’s a huge if, this fight was ever to come to fruition it would be a fascinating spectacle."
The question is whether he would be able to cope at 168lbs and would Froch overpower the Kazakh?
In case you didn’t know, Carl Froch once knocked out George Groves in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium. Surely he would relish doing so against Golovkin this time around?
Who could provide Golovkin with the sternest test in his next fight? Give your opinion in the comment box below!