IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin has 120 days to defend his IBF title against mandatory Esquiva Falcao. If Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) fails to defend against the unbeaten Falcao (30-0, 20 KOs), he’ll be stripped of his IBF belt.
Given the risk involved for the 40-year-old Golovkin against the 2012 Olympic silver medalist Falcao (30-0, 20 KOs), it’s highly possible that he’ll vacate his IBF belt rather than put himself at risk of getting beaten in a fight that won’t see him getting a huge purse.
Golovkin’s popularity is at the level where he doesn’t need world titles for him to make good money and attract fans.
As a result, holding titles actually hurt him more than helps because he’s then forced to defend against obscure fighters like Falcao in fights that won’t interest fans or bring in new subscribers to DAZN if the streaming giant continues to work with Golovkin.
This is the second mandatory defense that has been ordered for Golovkin in the last month, and he’s probably already second-guessing his decision to hold onto his two 160-lb belts after his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Canelo Alvarez last September.
Earlier, the World Boxing Association ordered Golovkin to face WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Erislandy Lara.
“GGG will have 120 days to defend the IBF World Cup against Esquiva Falcao (or he will be stripped of the belt), and Lara, in the meantime, will make a voluntary defense of the WBA World Cup, and later, it will be ordered that the one who has the IBF World Cup and the one who has the WBA World Cup will face each other,” said @JuliusJulianis.
Golovkin didn’t look so good losing to Canelo in their trilogy match on September 17th. GGG looked gunshy, slow, and unwilling to put himself at risk of being countered by Canelo by opening up with his offense.
This allowed Canelo to build up a wide enough lead to where he was able to coast in the championship rounds to win a decision. It’s fair to say that if Golovkin fights the same way against Falcao or Lara, he’ll quickly fall behind and wind up losing a decision against both unless his still formidable power bails him out.
The smart thing for Golovkin to do would be to get rid of his WBA & IBF belts and focus on going after the well-paying fights against Jermall Charlo and Jermell Charlo.
— Esquiva Falcao (@esquivafalcao) October 18, 2022