There will be a treat for boxing fans this weekend, as there will be a welcome return to the ring for one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Gennady Golovkin will be back in action, as he defends his IBF and IBO middleweight belts against Kamil Szeremeta at the Hard Rock Hotel in Florida. But, will the legendary fighter be able to improve on the dominant record that he has built up.
Boxing News: Golovkin The Heavy Favourite
There isn’t much doubt that Golovkin comes into this title defence as the heavy favourite to successfully defend his IBF and IBO titles. The 38-year-old is regarded as one of the best fighters in the world, and has achieved almost everything that is available to him throughout his carer. GGG will be looking to reclaim his spot as the best boxer in the world, which he held between 2014 and 2018 before being beaten by Canelo Alvarez. That defeat against Alvarez is the only time that GGG has been beaten in 42 professional fights.
It was an end to a storied rivalry between two of the fighters that will be revered as the best that we have ever seen. A draw between the two in September 2017 only whetted the appetite for a rematch, which eventually came almost 12 months after their initial meeting. However, it was to be Alvarez that let Vegas with the middleweight belts on that night as he claimed the win by majority decision.
Boxing News: Golovkin Building Momentum
That win saw him lose the WBA (Super), WBC and IBO middleweight titles, but he remerged with the titles in less than a year after losing them after Alvarez decided to try his hand at a new weight classification. Golovkin regained the vacant belts by beating Sergiy Derevyanchenko by unanimous decision in October last year, and this will be the first time that we have seen him since that night.
GGG wouldn’t be wise to overlook his opponent this weekend, as Szeremeta has a perfect record. He has won all 21 professional fights, with 16 of these victories coming by decision. Szeremeta has won by knockout on five occasions, which is also how he won his last fight against Oscar Cortes last year. This will be a massive step up in quality for the Pole, but if he wants to be considered one of the best in the division, then he will need to overcome one of the best living middleweight fighters.