Is Golovkin vs. Hopkins a fight boxing fans want to see?
By Hector Franco
It was announced this week that Gennady Golovkin will be stepping back into the ring against his IBF #1 contender Dominic Wade. Golovkin will be headed back to the famed Forum in California where he last battled Willie Monroe Jr. in May of 2015. Wade as an opponent comes off as a disappointment to most fans. The last time fans saw Wade in the ring was against former middleweight champion Sam Soliman. Soliman himself was way past his prime. Wade was unable to get a clear victory over Soliman and left many fans debating as to who actually won the bout. It’s clear that Golovkin and promoters K2 are intent on keeping and getting all of the titles in the middleweight division. At what point will they decide to forego going for all the titles and go for a fight that will intrigue fans? Wade being an Al Haymon managed fighter it could open up the doors for future bouts with the likes of Danny Jacobs and Erislandy Lara. Until then it seems that Golovkin will have to wait until other champions in the division like Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez are ready to step in the ring with him. There are rumors that K2 has other plans and may go with a different option.
It’s been spreading around the boxing world that K2 may be looking at moving up in weight to face former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins has stated through the media that in his next bout he would be considered a big underdog. Against Golovkin not only would he be considered an underdog, but he would also be moving down to his lowest weight since facing Jermain Taylor in 2005. The bout would likely take place at 168. From Hopkins’ point of view he sees this as the same opportunity as he did the Kelly Pavlik bout in 2008. Pavlik being Golovkin in this case. It’s a chance at redemption for Hopkins to end his career on a high note. His last bout was the most one-sided loss of his career. Hopkins underestimated the boxing ability of Light heavyweight king, Sergey Kovalev who dominated him over twelve rounds. Golovkin is more like Kovalev than Kelly Pavlik. The same technical deficiencies that Hopkins saw in Pavlik won’t be there against Golovkin.
Much like the recent announcement of the bout between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan, one fighter would be praised for taking the fight while the other would be criticized for the taking the bout. Golovkin at this point in his career is desperate for a big fight. Going against Bernard Hopkins at 51 years of age could prove to be a huge mistake for Golovkin. If he takes the fight and goes the distance against Hopkins it will lessen his stature in the boxing world. If Hopkins pulls off the upset at his age it will be a huge win for him. Golovkin will be seen as an overrated fighter who was never that good in the first place. It’s a match up that does Golovkin and K2 no favors and is a lose-lose situation in the eyes of most. You can’t put make up on a pig and call it a supermodel. The same goes for Golovkin-Hopkins, in 2016 it will be a likely mismatch disguised as a super fight.