It has been more than 3 and a half years since middleweight powerhouse Gennady Golovkin made his HBO debut when he made easy work of Grzegorz Proksa. During the post fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Golovkin indicated that he was ready for a big time fight, and that anyone between 154 and 168 was a potential target. The words were bold, but the actions which followed told a different story – particularly when Golovkin’s team has declined opportunities to potential fight Andre Ward at 168 pounds, and on the other end of the spectrum, Canelo Alvarez at 155. To date, the “big drama show” Gennady has sought after against a marquee name has not come to fruition.
Golovkin has failed in his efforts targeting several middleweight champions in recent years, including not just Canelo Alvarez, but also Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez, and Billy Joe Saunders.Instead of getting the type of unification fight he desires, Golovkin will be making a mandatory defense against Dominic Wade in just over two weeks. His hopes of landing that ever elusive bout with Canelo seem less and less likely as time passes.
Canelo Alvarez is kind of like a pledge attempting to receive entry into the “catch weight fraternity” – a group consisting of the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Miguel Cotto, just to name a few of the more high profile culprits. The final step in Canelo’s hazing process comes in the form of Amir Khan when the two square off in May. With rumors swirling about regarding a possible showdown between Canelo and Pacquiao, should they both win their respective upcoming matches against Khan and Timothy Bradley, it appears that Canelo has no interest in defending his middleweight crown against any actual middleweights any time in the foreseeable future.
This leaves Gennady Golovkin on the outside looking in, especially if the WBC continues giving Canelo their blessing. This edition of Rummy’s Corner attempts to explore the words of Golovkin following his victory over Proksa and how circumstances have evolved and unfolded since that time. Please watch and enjoy the video for one man’s worthless take on the situation before Gennady Golovkin, and his inability to land big fights.