Six intriguing opponents for Gennady Golovkin other than Canelo trilogy and Jacobs rematch | Boxing
It was revealed on Friday morning that former unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin agreed to a six-fight deal with DAZN.
The hard-hitting native of Kazakhstan will compete twice a year over the next three years, with his first fight on the sports streaming service in June against an opponent to be determined.
With Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs clashing on May 4, obviously a GGG-Canelo trilogy or a Golovkin-Jacobs rematch would be amazing. But there are other intriguing opponents out there for Golovkin and Sporting News explores some of them here.
This is the biggest fight to make. Demetrius Andrade has competed twice since agreeing to a deal with Matchroom Boxing and plying his craft on DAZN. Andrade thoroughly dominated Walter Kautondokwa in October when he knocked him down four times to win a lopsided decision and the vacant WBO title. The 31-year-old then made a quick return in January, when he defeated Artur Akavov by 12th-round TKO. After the fight, Andrade called out Golovkin. GGG vs. Andrade checks all the boxes. They both are on the same platform, so negotiations would be fairly easily. Add in the fact that Andrade has a championship belt, with the winner setting himself up for an undisputed title fight with the Alvarez-Jacobs winner. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Jermall Charlo struggled against last-second replacement Matt Korobov, but did enough to earn a hard-nosed victory in December. A Golovkin clash would be difficult to make since Charlo aligned with Premier Boxing Champions and now Golovkin being with DAZN. Still, it would be very exciting since they are the two hardest punchers in the division. Charlo is one of the best middleweights in the sport. But all of boxing’s top fighters at 160 pounds are on DAZN. He’s repeatedly called out Golovkin. If the skilled boxer from Houston wants to be among the elite, he’s going to have meet GGG on his terms.
A wildcard in all of this and an exciting option, Rob Brant pulled off a shocking upset to many in boxing when he knocked off Ryota Murata in October to capture the WBA (regular) middleweight strap. He followed it up with a thrilling 11th-round TKO of Khasan Baysangurov in February. Brant is a volume puncher who likes to mix it up, which is right up Golovkin’s alley.
David Lemieux was supposed to fight on the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding card this past December, but he was hospitalized due to severe dehydration during the morning of the weigh-in and his fight against Tureano Johnson was scrapped. But prior to that, Lemieux looked good in disposing of Gary O’Sullivan via a first-round KO in September. If Lemieux would move up to super middleweight and Golovkin pulls a Canelo in moving up to another weight class for one fight, then this would be an intriguing bout.
If GGG wants to get his feet wet in the fight game again, but receive a tough challenge in the process, perhaps he should give Matt Korobov a look. The tough Russian took Jermall Charlo the distance in December, slugging it out before dropping the unanimous decision. The one thing about Korobov is he fights and given Golovkin’s penchant for doing the same, this scrap would be an entertaining one.
Jaime Munguia is currently the WBO junior middleweight champion. Moving up to 160 and daring to be great against GGG, would have all of the ingredients to make Golovkin’s debut on DAZN a splashy one. Considering how both Munguia and GGG are forward fighters, this one would have fireworks.