George Groves has today fired a warning message to undefeated middleweight Gennady Golovkin, stating that he'd be silly to jump up eight pounds and fight at his super middleweight division.
Currently in the process of trying to secure status as the No.1 Super Middleweight in the World Super Middleweight Super Series, the Saint Groves has advised the Kazakhstan powerhouse GGG against making another jump in weight.
The 29-year-old thinks Golovkins fights against Danny Jacobs and more recently, Canelo Alvarez should act as proof that the revered Golovkin doesn't have the same destructive power when taking on heavier opponents.
"I think certainly [Canelo] Alvarez is too small and Golovkin is too small. What [Golovkin] does well, he’s getting on a bit but he’s got so much power. He’ll lose an edge to the power coming up," Groves said, as per Boxing Scene.
Speaking from his own personal experience, the WBA Super Middleweight champion argues that as well as being unable to offer the same power in a higher weight division, Golovkin also would be on the receiving end of much more power from heavy hitters such himself and Eubank Jr.
"So it’s like anything: the bigger you are, the better you are at absorbing a shot. He’s going to fight big super middleweights, 13 plus stone, his power isn’t going to be the same."
Having sparred with the 35-year-old in previous camps, Groves appreciates just what a phenomenal fighter Golovkin is and, at an age in which most would be past their peak, the Saint wonders if it might just be an unnecessary bridge too far for the Kazakhstan-born athlete.
Groves continued: "He doesn’t need to. He’s a big name at middleweight, there’s enough fights out there for him at middleweight. If I was him I’d stay there."
These comments are difficult to decipher, as one would assume Groves is looking out for Golovkin's best interests, however, in the constant trash-talking world of boxing this is more than likely a message from the Brit telling GGG to keep himself out of his division.