Is Gennady “GGG” Golovkin The Real Deal?
Is Gennady “GGG” Golovkin the real deal?
By Brian J. Caban on Aug 19, 2015 11:55pm
“You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great”
Is “GGG” honestly everything he’s made out to be or is he a product of hype?
It goes without saying that Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (33-0, 30KO) is a tremendous fighter. His fights are electrifying to watch as he routinely steamrolls his opposition. He's ignited a flame in the middleweight division and it has the boxing world buzzing (as it should). He is the undefeated WBA and IBO Middleweight World Champion. He holds the middleweight championship record for highest knockout ratio, a staggering 90.9% KO rate. If that doesn't create a favorable impression, not much else will. You could say he's the baddest man in town. However, there remains some debate amongst boxing purists who have called his resume into question. He's beaten every single opponent thus far which leaves us only with "who has he beaten?" And therein, as the bard would tell us, lies the rub.
Yes, it's true that "GGG" has crushed all of his opponents with fierce and overwhelming power but who has he honestly beaten? The blatant answer is no one truthfully. In no way am I trying to take away from his achievements so far. It's an honest question. With 33 wins under his belt, shouldn’t there be at least a small handful of champions he's conquered?
GGG's name is being mentioned alongside Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler after beating his title defense record but again, who did he beat to keep that record?
Is Martin Murray or Daniel Geale even worth mentioning? Perhaps Marco Antonio Rubio would be a man of some merit but even he has seen better days. Other than that, it's been pretty much a bunch of tomato cans from which he's gotten all the glory. I realize he's entertaining but for heaven sake please don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.
There are major gaps in his defense which makes him a rather easy target to hit. One almost falls under the impression that he relies heavily on his power alone. That's great until he faces someone who can withstand those punches or someone with decent power who can simply outbox him.
Dare I mention any formidable foes?
One problem. There isn't anyone in the middleweight division with major talent. That's not GGG's fault, more power to him. He simply landed at the right place at the right time to take over a somewhat scarce division (shoulder shrug).
Believe me, I understand he's exciting and he's definitely good for boxing. As a sceptic, an analyst and even just a plain ole fan, I'm sold on the sole purpose that he's fascinating to watch but I refuse to go overboard before I see him pass through at least two formidable opponents. Is that too much to ask for? Then I wouldn't feel hesitate to say he really is the best in the league.
Be that as it may, with all the boxing politics and in the grand scheme of things, I believe he is a very good boxer. Not great, at least not yet but very good.
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