Sunday, 16 February 2014 18:03

Gennady Golovkin: How good is 'GGG?'

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Despite the fact that he’s 29-0 with 26 KOs, his abilities are still questioned.
Some feel his devastating punching power will overwhelm the top fighters in the sport while others insist an experienced, slick fighter would expose him.

(Image courtesy of HBO)

Through his 29 professional fights, Golovkin has yet to face adversity in the ring - or a legitimate top tier opponent.

These are two of the key components that separate the good fighters from the elite.

Until he faces such challenges, there will always be questions about how good he truly is.

Gennady Golovkin's next fight is scheduled for April 26th but, unfortunately, his opponent will not be on boxing's elite tier (such as Andre Ward, Sergio Martinez, Floyd Mayweather) as all of those potential foes already have other fights lined up.

He may decide to fight James Kirkland or Andy Lee but he would be a huge favorite against both - And a win over either fighter would not significantly raise Golovkin’s stature.

Gennady Golovkin vs Erislandy Lara?

Golovkin’s camp could reach out to Lara’s team and negotiate a fight that would be high risk for both men.

As is the case with Golovkin, Lara has also been unable to get a fight with a legitimate star.

If these two men were to meet in the ring, the winner’s stature would rise significantly and it would be demanded they face a top pound for pound fighter, possibly on PPV.

For the loser, it could be devastating because it would give stars an excuse not to fight him, and it may take as long as 18 months for him to position himself for another big fight. But as is the case with many possible matchups, the real roadblock that could prevent this fight from happening is the cold war between HBO and Showtime.

Until we see Golovkin in the ring with best, people will continue to speculate how good he really is.

Are we looking at the next PPV star or just a tremendous puncher who has overwhelmed lesser, naturally smaller competition?

Hopefully we will learn the answer sometime in 2014.

GGG Facts
  • Real name: Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин
  • Nickname(s): Good Boy, GGG (Triple G), God of War
  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
  • Nationality: Kazakh
  • Born: April 8, 1982 (age 31)
  • Origin: Karaganda, Karagandy Province, Kazakh SSR
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Amateur record: 345-5
Jason Leach

I was born in Queens NY, but currently reside in Hackensack NJ. Became a diehard boxing fan in the 1980’s watching Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.

I’ve enjoyed watching and talking about sports for as long as I can remember. In late 2012 I began to pursue a sports writing career with the Harlem Times. Within a few months I was covering events such as the Big East Tournament and the Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center.

Love boxing because of the Sweet Science, the history of great champions, and knowing at any moment a fight can be over with one punch.