Alienated Gennady Golovkin should rethink weight class

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On Saturday night (October 18th), Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin annihilated Marco Antonio Rubio in less than two rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, to stake a claim to being the finest finisher in the business.

Rubio failed to make the weight for the title bout and attempted use his weight advantage on fight night by standing within punching distance and engaging with the fierce fisted champion. The Mexican veteran had some success with inside work, but Golovkin appeared to hurt him every time he landed punches cleanly.

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A sensational and strange looking left hook that was thrown in a looping fashion landed on the top of Rubio’s head midway through the second stanza and sent him sprawling to the canvas. By the time the referee’s count reached ten, the 34-year-old Rubio was only just regrouping and returning to his feet.

Equally impressive victories over the likes of Matthew Macklin (KO3), Curtis Stevens (RTD8), Osumanu Adama (TKO7) and Daniel Geale (KO3) have encouraged the majority of boxing fans and writers to regard the well-spoken former Olympic silver medalist as the best middleweight on the planet.

Time to move weight classes and earn mega-money?

By destroying everybody who has dared to stand across the ring from him, Golovkin has alienated himself from his most capable middleweight counterparts. Opponents are seemingly unwilling to test themselves against the WBA and IBO titleholder, leaving boxing purists frustrated and pleading for the loveable Kazakh to move up or step down in weight to challenge some of the sports more synonymous names.

Nevertheless, with 31 consecutive wins under his belt, 28 inside the scheduled distance, and 12 successful title defenses, it is hardly surprising that the other big guns at 160-pounds aren’t chomping at the bit to share a ring with the 32-year-old knockout artist. The Karaganda natives knockout percentage of 90.32% is the highest in middleweight championship history.

It is expected of top fighters to change the division they operate in after proving their superiority, and many have done so successfully throughout the history of the sport.

Huge clashes could come at 154lbs

If ‘GGG’ could shed half a stone safely and box at light middleweight, he would likely land big money dates with sweet science superstars; Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Demetrius Andrade and Erislandy Lara are also big names at 154-pounds and would present interesting and attractive contests, as both are illusive southpaws with pop in their punches.

On the other hand, if Golovkin gained half a stone he would put himself in the mix for showdowns with champions like Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Anthony Dirrell and Arthur Abraham, all of whom operate at highest echelon. There is also a wide variety of contenders at super middleweight, such as; George Groves, James DeGale MBE, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Andre Dirrell and Gilberto Ramirez.

Considering the way he handles business inside the squared circle, Golovkin will remain a threat to anybody he might box in any of the three weight categories mentioned above. He moves around and cuts off the ring effortlessly, he remains calm and composed at all times and he varies his attacks from head to body with alarming ease. The awesome power of his blows is completely natural and he always looks as though he has plenty more to give.


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