Could this fight be next for Gennady Golovkin?
By Joseph Correa
Boxing fans worldwide witnessed the crowning of a new champion and perhaps the beginning of a new era in the super middleweight division, as 24-year-old undefeated Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 24KOs) dismantled WBO super middleweight king Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29KOs) winning virtually every round.
Ramirez put on a crafty display of boxing skill using lateral movement to befuddle the hard hitting Abraham en route to a 12-round unanimous decision.
This victory places Ramirez in the history books as the first Mexican fighter to ever be crowned champion in the super middleweight division and only the second to become champion above middleweight.
So what is next for the 24-year-old champion Ramirez?
He has stated that he is willing to fight all comers and expressed a big interest in fighting current IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. This past Saturday night Golovkin put on his "Big Drama Show" once again as he destroyed his opponent Dominic Wade to retain his status as one of boxing's elite and added a 22nd straight knockout to his resume.
With a super fight against WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez seemingly fading and opponents willing to face him slim pickings, could a fight between Ramirez and Golovkin be on the horizon?
The issue here would be size. Ramirez is 6'2 and potentially going down to 160 would not be an option. Golovkin would have to come up to 168 to make the fight happen. It is unclear whether he and his team would be willing to make that jump as they have stated on multiple occasions that they are content at 160 and their goal is to collect all of the belts in the division.
If Golovkin does in fact, make the leap to 168 a fight with Ramirez could prove to be a good start in the division and a solid challenge for the fighter from Kazakhstan. If not, Ramirez could look to challenge fellow champions Badou Jack or James DeGale to unify titles.
The future looks bright for the super middleweight division and Gilberto Ramirez looks like a bonafide champion and at least for the moment, he is saying all of the right things and fans should take notice.
A fight with Gennady Golovkin would both solidify Ramirez's as well as Golovkin's position and be a great fight for boxing fans.
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