Triple G vs Brook: Is Golovkin getting old?Written by Leroy Cleveland
On Saturday, WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady 'Triple G' Golovkin (35-0,32 KO) faces perhaps the biggest challenge in his career in explosive unbeaten welterweight title holder Kell Brook of the United Kingdom.
The 30 year old Brook will be in top form for Triple G vs Brook. Will Golovkin?
Kell Brook's trainer Dominic Ingle recently told Sky Sports he believes Triple G, who will turn 35 next spring, is slowing due to age and wear and tear.
"Martin Murray is a big guy, a tough guy and had been in tough fights. He knew what he was up against in Golovkin and back then, Golovkin was an animal but watching his last couple of fights he seems to be slowing down."
"He's taken one or two more shots and with Kell being younger, fresh and with ambition, that'll be the decider on the night."
"It's been a great camp. Nine weeks has flown - we blinked twice and now it's the week of the big fight. Kell's probably in the best shape he's been in in his life."
After 350 (345-5) amateur fights and 35 prizefights, is Triple G slowing down?
With 22 straight knockouts he's been as destructive as ever... But is he taking more shots? Or is Trainer Ingle trying looking for weaknesses that don't exist in an attempt to boost his fighter's confidence?
Will Father Time catch up with Triple G come September 10?
Years ago, non-heavyweights with long amateur careers such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Pernell Whitaker and Roy Jones, Jr, were often considered over-the-hill or past their prime in their mid 30s.
- The great Sugar Ray Leonard was only 34 when he was beaten and battered by a 23-year-old Terry Norris.
- Julio Cesar Chavez was a few weeks shy of 34 when he was sliced and diced by a younger Oscar De La Hoya
- Roberto Duran, at 33, was KO'd in two by a younger Thomas Hearns
- A heavily-favored 33-year-old Thomas Hearns was floored twice in his decision loss to Iran Barkley
- At 35, the awesome Pernell Whitaker tasted decisive defeat for the first time, losing a unanimous decision to Felix Trinidad.
- And Superman, himself, Roy Jones Jr, started his monumental decent at 34, getting heavily touched-up in his narrow decision verdict to a slightly older but less shopworn Antonio Tarver. It would seemingly be Roy's last victorious hurrah on boxing's biggest stage.
Who cares if Triple G in his mid-30s? What matters in any craft or vocation are results, not one's age, youth or perceived views on age and youth.
Thanks to enhancements in training and nutrition as well as more few open minds, today's professional athletes, especially boxers, are able to thrive at ages that were once unimaginable.
Don't look for age to be a factor next week but given his 300 plus amateur fights, Triple G may have a bit more wear and tear on his body than some think.
Will Golovkin unexpectedly 'get old overnight' like legendary Roy Jones, Jr?
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