Gennady Golovkin managed to overcome the odds on Saturday night inside of Madison Square Garden when he extended his unbeaten record to 37-0 after a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs.
It was a close and disputed result which saw Triple G’s incredible knockout run come to an end against a resilient Miracle Man who’s switch-hitting style certainly proved to be troublesome for the Kazakh, and attention is already turning to what could be in store for Golovkin next.
The fight everybody wants to see is a middleweight clash between Golovkin and Saul Alvarez.
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Despite the unconvincing performance, it’s safe to say that Golovkin still sits on the middleweight throne, but the crown has slipped slightly while the air of invincibility might have also disappeared in New York City.
Golovkin can be beaten.
The only way to perhaps redeem himself is to take on Canelo, but the Mexican has his own hands full as he prepares to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on May 6 in Las Vegas and if he can come through that unscathed – then surely it’s only a matter of time before he and Golovkin give the fans what they want and meet inside of a ring to determine who truly is the best middleweight on the planet.
As we all know, though, it’s not that easy in the boxing world and despite Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, claiming they’re targeting a September clash with the Golden Boy Promotion’s prized asset, Golovkin himself may have hinted that Canelo isn’t in his sights.
Although he's called out Canelo on numerous occasions, he gave a completely different answer when asked who his next dream opponent would be, and it’s not something that would draw as much excitement as a fight with the red-haired Mexican.
According to Paul Wheeler of Boxing News Online, Billy Joe Saunders is next on Triple G’s hit list as he aims to strip him of the WBO version of the middleweight crown.
After reiterating his desire to give Jacobs a rematch, he said: “My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division.
“[WBO titlist] Billy Joe Saunders is the last step of my dream. Hopefully we could have the fight in Kazakhstan. I’d want that fight next – 100 per cent.”
Obviously, he has to go through Saunders to fulfil his ambitions, but you can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed at the prospect, especially if it means we have to wait even longer for a potential Canelo fight.
Even though the 27-year-old is currently locked in a war of words with Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr, he’s expressed his desire to get the fight on as well – it’s just unfortunate that fans will be made to wait longer.
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