Golovkin vs Rubio Preview

FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:

StubHub Center, Carson, California: October 18

Golovkin vs Rubio PREVIEW

There is a lot on the line for the upcoming fight between Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (29-0, 27 KO’s) and Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs). The winner will get to face Miguel Cotto for a shot at the WBC title. Talk about opportunity. This fight represents the biggest shot at true stardom and respect in the boxing world: a fight against proven veteran and champion Miguel Cotto.

The notion of facing Cotto is even more interesting from Golovkin’s perspective, because there were always murmurs of Cotto not wanting to face Golovkin. After Golovkin beat down Geale, it seemed fair that he would get a shot at Cotto, but Cotto and his handlers, namely Freddie Roach, said that Golovkin just wasn’t a big enough name to be worthy to face Cotto. Now that the WBC has officially ordered Cotto to defend his middleweight championship belt against the winner of Golovkin/Rubio, Cotto and his camp have no choice in the matter. (Considering that they were likely anticipating a Canelo fight somewhere down the line, this order from the WBC makes that a bit more difficult).

Gennady Golovkin Profile

As we covered in a prior preview, Golovkin is a hugely impressive puncher, with an absurdly high knockout rate of over 90%, including 13 consecutive WBA defenses. Golovkin has significant punching prowess that really hasn’t been tested yet, and he has not looked vulnerable. It’s no surprise that Cotto has not wanted to face him (yet), though to be fair, Golovkin does need to go through the ranks and earn his stripes before he gets to face an A list boxer such as Cotto.

The only knock on Golovkin has been that his opponents have been considered somewhat subpar. Geale was a fair fight, but beyond that, Golovkin has not faced anyone who put his unbeaten record at risk. Does this say more about Golovkin’s skill or more about his shoddy opponents? I’d side with the former. Golovkin simply hasn’t gotten the fights that he wants or deserved. It would not be unfair to say that bigger fighters have been ducking Golovkin. For a boxer with such punching prowess who hasn’t really been tested yet, (after 30 victories), it’s understandable why he has been unable to net a big fight. This goes without saying that this Rubio fight is going to be easy work for Golovkin.

Marco Antonio Rubio Profile

With 59 wins, Rubio has some experience in the ring. But don’t be fooled by his record – if you thought that Golovkin’s opponents have been weak, you’ll probably roll your eyes after seeing who Rubio has faced. Rubio’s last 6 victories were over opponents who have a combined 36 losses. Yikes. The two biggest fighters whom Rubio has faced: Kelly Pavlik in 2009 and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in 2012 both resulted in losses. Beyond that, none of Rubio’s opponents bear any semblance to a big name fighter. At 5’10, Rubio is just about with Golovkin’s 5’11 frame, and both have a 70″ reach. In terms of punching prowess, Rubio simply doesn’t have the same amount as Golovkin – I don’t see how he come close to a knockout or outlasting the bruising amount of jabs that Golovkin will land.

Golovkin Rubio Prediction

Golovkin is poised to knock Rubio out, the question is what round. He might start off slow, but his last few victories were knockouts in rounds: 3, 7, 8, 3, 3, 7, 5, 3, 1. I’m guessing that Golovkin knocks out Rubio in the 4th round.

 

Amir Khan’s Next Fight

Amir Khan has a fight scheduled for December 2014, but his opponent is still up in the air. Khan has built up a nice string of three solid consecutive victories in his last three bouts against Luis Collazo, Julio Diaz, and Carlos Molina. Khan was hoping for this next fight to be his big payday after he burst into superstardom. Depending on the schedules of other fighters, Khan might need to wait. Below are five names that have been linked with Khan’s December bout.

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao has been linked with many potential opponents since his Timothy Bradley win back in April. And though he has a fight scheduled with the less heralded Chris Algieri, rumors persist that Khan is in the cards. Initially, a Pacquiao-Khan fight was nixed, because the fighters are close friends and trained under the same coaches. Interestingly, though, Khan recently changed his tune, and exclaimed: “Would I fight Manny? Of course I would. If it was the right offer and the right place, yes, I think that could happen. You always have to keep an open mind about these things.”

From Manny’s perspective, I’d have to take the unlikely approach and say that a Khan fight makes more sense than Algieri. Algieri is an increasingly unknown fighter, in the sense that his limits have not been tapped. He outlasted a much stronger and of course higher ranked opponent in Ruslan Provodnikov, but took home the win due to a combination of stamina and sustained punching barrage, and didn’t need a knockout. Does Manny want to risk going against this type of fighter? Though Khan is a tough opponent, he’s more of a known quantity and is a bigger name, and therefore offers more reward than Algieri. Maybe Manny will change his mind.

Kell Brook

After Brook defeated Shawn Porter, the floodgates opened. The table was set for a fight against the higher ranked and more well known Amir Khan. Both fighter’s camps seem to agree that a fight between the two is what the public wants. The question now, it seems, is whether they can meet each-other’s financial demands. While we don’t know specifics, this quote from Brook gives us some idea: ”I think that fight will grow and grow and now there is a reason to make the fight happen…Of course, the terms change, which will make it more difficult to make the fight. But if everyone is sensible, there is so much money in the fight, it’s one that has got to be made.”

While it is unclear where the money issues lay, I would presume that Khan is asking for a lot more money than Brook, considering that he is a much bigger name in the international boxing world. It would be a huge fight for England though, since both boxers are British.

Robert Guerrero

Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero took off an entire year after his Mayweather defeat, but returned with a solid (though bruising) victory over Yoshihiro Kamegai back in June. Five months is definitely enough time for Guerrero to return to the ring, and I think this fight might be the most evenly matched in terms of name recognition and skillset. In fact, I think the odds might actually be even for this bout, and career-wise, would be equally beneficial for both fighters. Guerrero might be the front runner here.

Floyd Mayweather

This is the sexy name that has been bandied about for over a year now, but the popular reason for a Khan-Mayweather fight not happening has been Khan’s religious observance of the Ramadan holiday. Khan had been reluctant to commit to the September time-slot to face Mayweather, since he would be weakened by not eating during Ramadan.

There are two likely outcomes in which Khan could face Mayweather sooner than later. Khan can hope that Mayweather emerges unscathed from his Maidana rematch, (or at least lightly bruised), in which Mayweather would be able to return to the ring quickly and agree to fight Khan in January or February. The more likely scenario is that after Khan’s December bout, he will strike an agreement to face Mayweather a few months after that. Should Khan and Mayweather win their upcoming fights, that might be the biggest name draw that boxing fans could hope for. (Assuming Mayweather/Pacquiao never happens).

Marco Huck vs Mirko Larghetti Preview

FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:

Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle/Westphalia, Germany: August 30

Huck VS. Larghetti PREVIEW

“I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti”.

Let’s just say that there is no love lost between these two fighters. Originally scheduled for March 29th, this fight was pushed back after Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) broke his thumb during training. Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) wasn’t happy about the pushback, and even said so publicly: I was ready back then and I am even more ready now…Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time. I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign.”

I think Larghetti is forgetting that he’s the underdog here, and considering that this is his first professional fight outside of Italy, he should be grateful that he’s getting a crack at Huck, who has defended his WBO Cruiserweight belt successfully 12 times in a row, with the last fight being a bruising takedown of Firat Arslan.

Marco Huck Profile

Huck is only 29 years old, and has 37 victories which includes 12 defenses. Impressive numbers for a boxer who is not really considered a star yet. One thing holding back Huck from stardom was his missed opportunity against Alexander Povetkin, for the WBA heavyweight belt. That’s not to say it was a bad fight; Huck actually looked good against Povetkin, and as the fight wore on, he kept a consistent right hand going which seemed to make up for his slow start. Huck’s jabs are nothing to scoff at, and the power he packs in them nearly knocked out Povetkin, a heavyweight. Back in the cruiserweight division, I think Huck is just too much to handle. The question is, how will he deal with the unknown Larghetti?

Mirko Larghetti Profile

Larghetti, as Huck reminded us, is getting his first shot at a title: “This will be Larghetti’s first and last world title fight. When I am done with him he will wish not ever having shared the ring with me.”

The question is, who is Larghetti, and does the world beyond Italy know if his skills can carry over? I’ve always maintained a skeptical eye on boxers who emerge from nowhere with glistening undefeated records. That was until the unknown, undefeated Chris Algieri outlasted Ruslan Provodnikov, and as a result will get a once in a lifetime shot at Manny Pacquiáo. That is why I and many other critics will have to give Larghetti a serious look.

Larghetti’s most recent fight was a quick one: he knocked down Attila Palko twice in round 2. But looking at his overall history shows mostly 6 round fights. Can he last 12 rounds with a bruiser like Huck? I really don’t think so.

huck vs larghetti PREDICTION

Even though I was hesitant to dismiss a no-name, undefeated fighter such as Larghetti, I really don’t think he stands a chance here. And considering that the current record for title defenses is Johnny Nelson’s 12 defenses from 1999-2005, I realize that Huck is going for that record. Having said that, it becomes increasingly clear that Larghetti is simply a body to be knocked down in order for Huck to take the record. I’m not saying that Huck doesn’t deserve the record, but let’s not be fooled by the undefeated Mirko Larghetti.

He might start off slow, but Huck will knock out Larghetti in round 5.

 

Sergey Kovalev vs Bernard Hopkins: Unification Fight in November

Sergey Kovalev’s knockout of Blake Caparello means his highly anticipated unification fight with Bernard Hopkins will come to fruition after all. Kovalev had to retain his world title in order for the fight to happen and with that box successfully ticked, one of the biggest fights of the year will now take place.

Against the Australian Caparello, Kovalev felt the extra pressure of what was on the line and started off a bit shaky but quickly got into the groove, knocking out Caparello in the second round. Kovalev now moves to 25-0-1 with 23 KOs and will start preparing for the fight of his life.

The fight that will unify three belts will take place somewhere in New York in November. The almost 50 year old Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), who now refers to himself as The Alien, currently holds the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight titles while Kovalev has possession of the WBO title.

The biggest factor in the fight will be the almost 20 years that Hopkins has on Kovalev. Physically, they are very similar. The Russian boxer known as Krusher is 6 feet and has a reach of 72.5 inches. At 6”1, Hopkins’ reach of 75 inches isn’t enough of a difference to give him a significant advantage.

What Hopkins undoubtedly has going for him is experience. He began fighting in 1998 and since then has fought the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Jermain Taylor, and Joe Calzaghe.

Kovalev only began fighting in 2009, and even though he has never lost a fight, he hasn’t fought opponents with the same pedigree as Hopkins’ challengers.

Hopkins lost to Chad Dawson in 2012, but he has since rebounded by winning his last three fights. These were against Tavoris Cloud, Karo Murat, and Beibut Shumenov. All three of these fighters are around the same age as Kovalev, so despite him almost being 50 years old, Hopkins’ still got it.

Just like the last three, Kovalev will have to fight off the urge to be intimidated by the aura of Hopkins and fight the boxer that Hopkins has become rather than the legend. Dawson and Calzaghe had success against Hopkins because they stripped away all of the hype and hyperbole and just focused on the person in the ring with them.

What happens in this fight remains to be seen, but what is for sure is that it will be a fantastic spectacle where history will be made.

Golovkin vs Cotto – Can it happen?

Last week we wrote about Miguel Cotto and the speculation regarding his next opponent. Following Gennady Golovkin’s impressive dismantling of Daniel Geale last weekend, everyone has been putting two and two together and guessing that it will be Golovkin taking on Cotto. A neat fit yes, but will it fit it with the plans of both boxers? Do both of them want to take on the other at this point in time?

Make no mistake, if it somehow were it to happen and go ahead, this would be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) fights of 2014.

The win against Geale took Golovkin to 30-0 with 27 total knockouts and an astounding 17 in a row.  Golovkin’s 90% KO rate is the best among active boxers. Many pundits felt Geale would take Golovkin the distance. We ourselves predicted it to go 10, but the Australian was simply outclassed. Golovkin hasn’t gone the full length since 2008.

Following the Madison Square Garden fight, Golovkin himself brought up the subject of fighting Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) saying he wants to be the best middleweight fighter in the world.

Golovkin against Cotto would be a great fight and it would prove extremely lucrative to both fighters, the question is if it can actually happen and happen in 2014? There would certainly be tremendous upside to the winner but the risk of losing it could outweigh the upside.

Golovkin is 32 and Cotto is 33, so they are pretty close in terms of age. At 5”11, the 5”7 Cotto would be conceding four inches to GGG.

In Cotto’s favor could be the fact that Golovkin hasn’t faced the same quality of opponent. Cotto is one of the few fighters to have fought both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Cotto may want to bypass Golovkin in order to use his end of year fight as a springboard to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May 2015.

If this is the case, Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs, 1 NC) could be possibilities for Golovkin. He could also find himself up against Sergio Mora (26-3-2, 9 KOs) or Australian Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs, 1 NC). None of these fighters are the same caliber as Cotto, but like Pacquiao against Mayweather, Golovkin against Cotto could turn out to be one fight that fans will have to dream about.

Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto – A Tale of Two Fighters

The victor gets the spoils and this is definitely the case in boxing. One need not look any further than the aftermath of the June 7 Sergio Martinez – Miguel Cotto fight.

Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) was knocked down three times in the first round and couldn’t recover. The aging knees of 39 year old could take no more and the Argentinian had to say goodbye to his Ring, Lineal and WBC Middleweight titles.

He isn’t throwing in the towel yet and recently said he wants to regain a world title. He has a strong spirit which is something we always knew about Maravilla, the issue is how able his body is.

Against Cotto he suffered concussion and has been dealing with hand and knee injuries for a while. The reality is that he may never truly be 100% injury free again. If he continues fighting, he will have to choose his future bouts very carefully.

As for Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), he has similar but different decisions to contend with. He also has to decide who his next fight will be against, but he has far more leverage than Martinez in determining it. There will be a WBC middleweight title defence in December and it’s looking as though the likely opponents will be Saul Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

For the 33 year old Puerto Rican, there is much to consider as his next fight will have a big say as to rest of his career. Following successive losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr and Austin Trout, Cotto had to make his way back with fights against Delvin Rodriguez and then Martinez. Against Mayweather he received $8 million and would command even more for a rematch.

The original fight happened as Mayweather couldn’t come to an agreement with Manny Pacquiao. This fight put Cotto on the map and was the second-biggest non heavyweight in history. Since then, Mayweather has fought Robert Guerreo, Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. With the two having a rematch in September, it would appear as though he won’t be fighting Cotto in December.

So who will Cotto fight? Whomever it is, it should be an entertaining fight.

Pacquiao vs Algieri Fight

FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:

Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao in Macau – November 22nd, 2014

HOW THIS FIGHT CAME TO BE

The fight between Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) that looked like it may not happen will infact take place on November 22 in Macau. Time was running out if the bout was to take place so Algieri and his team met to hammer out the deal’s sticking points.

Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title will be on the line. Should Algieri win, there is a clause for a rematch. Algieri will receive his first million-dollar-plus payday and the fight which will be showed on HBO will also give him piece of the PPV pie.

Algieri was on a roll following his defeat of Ruslan Provodnkiov in June – a win that put him on the Manny Pacquiao radar.

The problem then became money. Algieri was originally offered $1.5 million as well as a share of the PPV sales, but this wasn’t enough for him. This resulted in back and forth and stalling, so much so that if a deal wasn’t hammered out quickly the clock would have the final say.

Algieri was walking a fine line. If he missed out on the opportunity, it may very well not return so he had to be careful not to lose it. It wouldn’t have been ideal, but Pacquiao could have turned to Mike Alvarado or Luis Carlos Abregu. Alvarado lost his last two fights including one to Marquez and Abregu has even less of a profile than Algieri. Juan Manuel Marqeuz who is the mandatory challenger was unable to do it and then there was Provodnikov who would have been the logical and probably only contender had he not lost to Algieri.

This was indeed the fight that put Algieri on the map. He wasn’t much of a name until he upset Provodnikov. This opened doors for him, but still it was wishful thinking to think that the coffers were simply going to open up for him as a result of it. He had some leverage, but maybe not as much as he thought. He received $15,000 for a fight earlier in the year and $100,000 to take on Provodnikov so these seven figures are a massive purse for him.

Now Algieri has to deal with the hype and razzamattazz that comes with a fight of this nature. For Pacquiao, this is just another fight against some challenger and it could very well be that Algieri is overshadowed by the occasion – we will have to see and will have a fight preview closer to the time.

As far as Pacquiao goes, one can only wonder how many more fights he has in him. He is clearly slowing down and after having two fights in 2012 had just one in 2013 followed by one so far in 2014. Aged 35, even if he continues to flight like others fighting into their 40s have, how many more fights does he have?

Whatever happens, it promises to be an exciting November night in Macau.

Mayweather vs Maidana Rematch

FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino – September 13th, 2014

Mayweather VS. Maidana II Discussions

Floyd Mayweather is doing something that is considered uncommon for a world champion: he is granting an instant rematch to someone he just defeated. Marcos Maidana lost a closer than expected 12 round majority decision back on May 3rd, to Mayweather, but for whatever reason, is getting another shot at Mayweather’s closet full of WBC Welterweight belts.

The question is, why would Mayweather agree to this fight? If Maidana came a lot closer than people expected, why risk losing to him in a 2nd bout? He already defeated him by MD the first time.

The obvious, yet unconvincing answer, is that because Maidana put up the best effort that Mayweather has seen in some time (probably since Demarcus Corley in 2004 or Zab Judah in 2006), Mayweather wants the biggest challenge available. Also, because there are ostensibly no other fighters of Maidana’s caliber available, Mayweather can claim that he is fighting the best.

Another answer might simply be that because the Mayweather fight was awfully close – perhaps too close according to some people, Mayweather wants to quiet his critics with a second win over Maidana.

Mayweather himself said that the fans want a Maidana rematch. To be honest, I think more fans would prefer a Pacquiao fight, but because of a combination of politics, drug testing, and money division, that won’t happen anytime soon, unfortunately.

Assuming that the Mayweather vs Maidana rematch will go on as expected this coming Fall, Mayweather is certainly the favorite coming into this rematch.

Mayweather vs Maidana recap

The May 3rd fight was exciting because in the early rounds, Mayweather looked beatable. Maidana pushed Mayweather to the ropes a few times, and looked awfully close to landing a big right hand knockout punch, but never connected the way he wanted against the defensive Mayweather. Ultimately, Mayweather defeated Maidana the same way he has against many opponents: staying consistent, finding a rhythm, and landing more and more punches as the fight bore on.

One takeaway from the fight is that Mayweather isn’t as young he used to be. A 37 year old Mayweather might have more trouble than his younger self, in terms of being able to dance a bit in the ring and move positions more fluidly.

Mayweather vs Maidana II Prediction

I don’t see any reason for Mayweather to lose this fight. The only Achilles Heel that Mayweather possesses is his age, which is currently 37, against the in-his-prime 30 year old Maidana. The problem is, Mayweather hasn’t really shown signs of age, and his less than stellar performance against Maidana may be testament to Maidana and less to Mayweather’s advanced age.

I expect this fight to go 12 rounds, but this time, end in an unanimous decision in favor of Mayweather.

Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Firat Arslan

FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:

Messehalle, Thüringen, Germany: August 16th

HERNANDEZ VS. ARSLAN PREVIEW

If you’re confused by this fight, don’t be. Sure, Firat Arslan (33-6, 21 KO’s) is 43 years old and has lost 2 out of his last 4 fights, but he’s still a popular fighter in Germany. That is precisely why he will get a crack at current IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KO’s), a boxer whose entire professional career has been fought in Germany. Most will say this won’t even count as a title defense for Hernandez, since Arslan is not ranked in anyone’s top 10 list. The question is, who does this fight look worse for, the IBF or Hernandez?

I’m guessing that the IBF simply figured that Arslan’s big name status in Germany, fighting someone who Germans are familiar with, would be reason enough to grant Arslan yet another shot at a world title. Unfortunately for other fighters out there, Arslan does not in any way deserve a shot at the belt.

Firat Arslan Profile

Anyone who thought that Arslan could make a late career comeback was quieted when Arslan lost to Marco Huck in the 6th round just 6 months ago. The only other fight we can look to is Arslan’s completely meaningless victory over journeyman Tamas Bajzath (9-11-1, 5 KO’s) in an 8 round decision. It seems that the IBF is more about politics. To be fair, I wasn’t able to even watch the Bajzath fight, since it wasn’t syndicated anywhere. So to properly talk about where Firat Arslan stands, as a competitor, I can only look to the Huck fight, which was not pretty for Arslan.

The truth is, Arslan didn’t look half bad early on against Huck. But when a 43 year old fights a 29 year old, stamina becomes a very real issue. (Although, Robert Guerrero is proof that age is not a disqualifier). Sure, Arslan’s slow, methodical, and heavy punches seemed to lay into Huck, but the sheer quantity of Huck’s onslaught was too much for Arslan, and by the 6th round he was done. As for how Arslan will hold up against Hernandez, unless he scores a miraculous early knockout, there’s really no evidence that he can eek out a victory.

Yoan Pablo Hernandez Profile

Hernandez has had a pretty solid career thus far, and has won 14 consecutive fights, all in Germany. The truth is though, that his opponents have not been top notch, and YPH has not really dominated the way a champion should. In fact, his last few fights were not all too convincing. This has led to speculation that should Hernandez have to face someone dangerous such as Lebedev, Usyk, or even Huck, he’d get flattened. That doesn’t sound like much of a champion.

The other issue with Hernandez is his injury. He was supposed to fight Kolodziej  in March, but he got sick with gastritis and therefore couldn’t train properly. Maybe he was ducking Kolodziej? Hard to say, but Arslan is a lower level competitor.

Prediction

The only way that Hernandez loses this fight is if the injury bug catches him again. Since that probably won’t happen, I predict Hernandez wins by UD in 12.

Golovkin vs Geale Preview

FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:

Madison Square Garden, NYC: July 26, 2014

Golovkin vs geale BOXING ODDS:

Golovkin (1:14) vs Geale (9:1)

Golovkin VS Geale PREVIEW

Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) will fight the Australian Daniel ‘Real Deal’ Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) in Madison Square Garden for what many are calling a one-sided bout, with the heavily favorited Golovkin having huge odds in Vegas.

You wouldn’t know it from their pre-bout quotes. Golovkin seemed to be overly respectful to Geale: “I’m happy to be fighting at Madison Square Garden once again. Fighting in front of the great fans in New York City for the third time is an honor for me and I will train hard to defend my titles in style by giving the fans an exciting show. Daniel Geale has a lot of world championship experience, is a big international name and I look forward to this challenge.”

Geale was slightly more confident in his remarks: “I’m pleased to be making my way back to HBO against Gennady Golovkin, a fighter who everyone thinks is invincible,” said Geale. “A victory will get me back to where I want to be. The people of Australia believe in me and that’s what drives me, my countrymen. I want to show them they have a great champion. On July 26th the world will see me back on top.”

This fight is important for one reason that I can speculate on: the winner will likely get a crack at Miguel Cotto or Sergio Martinez, which means a big paycheck and a chance at global stardom.

Golovkin Profile

If there is one thing about Golovkin, it is that he throws punches. But not casual punches- Golovkin’s hits his opponents really hard, and this is evidenced by one statistic: a 90% knockout rate. With 26 knockouts in his 29 fights, he holds the highest KO ratio among all middleweight champions. He’s defended his WBA title 11 consecutive times, and doesn’t look vulnerable in any way, shape, or form.

The one knock on Golovkin might be that he lacks speed, but to be fair, he more than makes up for it with both power and timing. That’s why he hasn’t really been tested yet in his career (although Macklin was a tough opponent). And don’t forget- Golovkin’s career doesn’t just span 29 professional fights; he’s got about 375 total fights in his career and has never been knocked down. That’s probably because he possesses the extremely underrated ability to maintain his balance at all times. As for Geale being able to be the first person to knock Golovkin off his feet? No way in hell.

Geale Profile

The jury is still out on Geale. Though he is a big underdog, he’s a formidable opponent. Critics will point to his losses to Mundine (in 2009) and Barker (2013) as proof that he’s not ready for prime time. I can definitely defend Geale’s lost to Mundine by saying that he’s improved a lot since then, and got revenge against him in January of last year. The Barker fight, on the other hand, was a heartbreaker for Geale. He lost the IBF Middleweight Title in a 12 round split decision. His comeback fight against Garth Wood was convincing, and I think Geale is as ready as he’s ever going to be in going up against Golovnik.

The only real chance that Geale has is if Golovnik is caught off guard because Geale probably has the strongest right hand that Golovnik has seen thus far. Also, Geale can hope that Golovnik might get distracted by rumors that he will get a shot at Miguel Cotto or Sergio Martinez after a victory here. But otherwise, Geale is not at all expected to win here.

Prediction

Golovkin will win in 10 rounds by KO.

golovnik vs geale poster

Credit: HBO