Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:45

Sergio Martinez: The only big-name opponent available for Gennady Golovkin until November 2015?

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In high-profile boxing, a fighter is, from a career standpoint, always one fight away from utter catastrophe and sweet redemption.

Will Sergio Martinez seek redemption in 2015?

A long-standing top 10 pound-for-pound fighter a mere 6 months ago, boxing's former lineal middleweight champion is seemingly hardly relevant today.

Few fighter's stock has dropped so quickly and decisively.


In June, Miguel Cotto unleashed a literal beating on Martinez, stopping the Argentine in Round 10 via TKO. It was, perhaps, the best performance of Cotto's long career and, by far, Martinez's worst.

Truth be told, it was one of the most disappointing performances by a superstar of boxing in recent memory. However, many believe Martinez re-injured one or both knees early in the fight and that the Argentine's much-maligned wounds contributed to his downfall. Nevertheless, many tend to forget that despite taking a beating, Martinez fought like a warrior until the end and tried valiantly to create opportunities to land that same looping left that felled Paul Williams.

The opportunity never came.

Who knows if Martinez will attempt to mount a comeback but he may have one more superfight available should he choose to fight onward.

Why?

As Cotto, himself, would confess: A fighter is only one fight away from sweet redemption.


Unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, arguably the hottest fighter in boxing, is desperate to fight a highly-accomplished, big name opponent with a healthy following. And, at this moment, his options may be severely limited.

Potential Gennady Golovkin opponents in 2015

Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto - There's a strong possibility these fighters will face each other in May. Regardless of the outcome, this bout may serve as Cotto's lone showing next year - and don't look for Alvarez to return before November or December should be fight again at all in 2015. Yes, Golovkin vs Canelo is a possibility... in November or December 2015 at the earliest.

Carl Froch - The unified super middleweight champion may be in the final stages of confirming a PPV superfight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in January or February. Even if Chavez vs Froch doesn't materialize, Chavez has already passed on a Golovkin bout, according to Top Rank's Bob Arum. And Team Froch is adamant they won't fight Golovkin without a certainty of big PPV numbers.

Next....

Andre Ward - Out of sight, out of mind. The No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in boxing is embroiled in a legal battle with his promotions company and hasn't fought in nearly a year. Moreover, Andre has stepped in the ring a mere three times since December 2011 and lacks the buzz to generate the excitement needed to produce 400,000 - 600,000 PPV buys in a superfight with Golovkin.

In order for Ward vs Golovkin to happen in 2015 - and have a chance of being a PPV smash - Andre must stage an impressive showcase on HBO early next year and then return to face Golovkin 5-7 months later.

The last time Ward fought twice in a calendar year was 2011.

Erislandy Lara - Although not PPV worthy today, Golovkin vs Lara would be in intriguing match-up as the latter has the frame to fight at 160lbs. The fight would produce massive numbers for HBO or Showtime... and that's part of the problem. Not only are they seemingly wed to different networks, Lara is managed by Al Haymon who would  probably refuse to agree to such a match-up without some unrealistic financial guarantee.

Peter Quillin - While Golovkin vs the unbeaten Quillin would generate more interest than any of Gennady's fights to date, Golovkin vs Quillin isn't exactly a "superfight." The biggest moment of Peter's career thus far is his victory over a 92 year old Winky Wright. And, like Lara, Quillin has 'Al Haymon' issues.

Jermain Taylor - The new and rejuvenated IBF middleweight champion, Taylor's stock has dipped a lot since he was atop the boxing world in 2005. However, he has a belt and, more importantly, is an accomplished fighter with a big name in boxing. Unfortunately, what are the odds of Al Haymon signing off on Golovkin vs Taylor?

James Kirkland - Out of sight, out of mind.

Best of the Rest
Junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan, Cornelius Bundrage, Demetrius Andrade and Austin Trout, although worthy jr middleweights, lack the appeal and fan bases to jaunt to 160 lbs to stage a real and legitimate "superfight" with Golovkin.

Golovkin vs Martinez in 2015?
Few seemingly remember that Martinez, aside from being a Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter, was the favorite last June against Miguel Cotto. If Sergio can, somehow, convince HBO Boxing and the public he's healthy enough to be a worthy opponent for Gennady Golovkin, look for Golovkin vs Martinez in 2015.

Can you think of another accomplished, high-profile opponent for Golovkin who will be available by November 2015?

Golovkin will face Martin Murray in February.
 

 

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