Triple G: Why Gennady Golovkin should consider light heavyweight
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has two big problems.
1) No middleweight or jr middleweight of significance will step in the ring with him and
2) He's not a mainstream star but should be
A career-defining win over a big name would likely give Golovkin the publicity and spoils he deserves, but until another star steps in the ring with Gennady, he'll remain a hidden gem to the masses.
At some point, Team Golovkin will have to seriously consider moving up in weight. Triple G is already 34 and may not have too many more prime years left.
Super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez has been discussed as a possible opponent but no one outside of the boxing fraternity knows who Ramirez is.
Fighting Gilberto later this year would do little, if anything, to catapult Golovkin's career. In fact, there's no one in the division who would be 'superfight' worthy for Triple G.
The super middleweight division is rebuilding in the post Ward/Froch/Kessler/Bute/ Abraham era and simply doesn't have a lot of juice at the moment.
In order to hit real paydirt, Triple G must jaunt to the light heavyweight division, the home of several of the sport's powerbrokers.
Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson would be suitable dance partners for Golovkin. And keep in mind, Gennady walks in the ring carrying about 171 lbs anyway so he wouldn't have to add unnessesary bulk to his frame to fight at light heavyweight
That stated, at 5'10", Gennady would still be small for a light heavyweight because his opponents would likely be 6'0" to 6'2" and walk in the ring 15 to 20 lbs heavier.
But given his dominance at middleweight, it wouldn't be surprising if Golovkin opened a slight favorite against Kovalev, Ward and Stevenson if any of those bouts were confirmed today. After all, he's been known to knockout cruiserweights in sparring and has yet to be tested in the pro ranks.
If Golovkin moved up to 175 lbs, he probably wouldn't be as dominant as he's been at 160 lbs but his fights would probably be more competitive.
At 5'11," Roy Jones wasn't quite the 'monster' at light heavyweight that he was at middleweight and super middleweight. However, Roy was still the best in the division and enjoyed a long, successful reign at 175 lbs.
At light heavyweight, we may see Triple G extended to twelve rounds but at least he'd have the opportunity to fight other big names and become a cash cow and mainstream superstar.