What was exposed from GGG?...
By Hector Franco
September 22, 2016
On September 10th in London, England, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin scored a fifth round stoppage over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. For many Golovkin’s performance wasn’t up to par with what he has shown in the past. At the time of the stoppage, Brook was ahead on the scorecards. Brook clearly won the second round and could have had the third round scored for him as well. It seems that many fans and Golovkin detractors are grasping at straws. This fight was more competitive than expected in that Brook won a round but to say Golovkin was exposed is more fantasy than reality.
The term exposed is usually reserved for when a highly touted prospect loses his first professional fight. For it to be applied to a fighter who has over 10 defenses of his title while scoring his 23rd straight knockout victory seems out of place. Golovkin against Kell Brook fought with reckless abandon, as there was nothing to fear inside the ring for Golovkin. Even if Brook had won all four rounds the outcome was inevitable. By the time the fifth round came, Brook had been beaten up with a broken orbital bone and stood no chance of winning. Winning one round doesn’t make a fight competitive. For those that feel Golovkin was exposed and isn’t as good as he is portrayed by the boxing media, hopefully, they can convince other middleweights of the same.
After the Brook fight ended, Billy Joe Saunders and Danny Jacobs both took to the Internet to say that they were ready to face GGG next. In the case of Billy Joe Saunders, he may need to provide fans with a little more than a video on twitter. The WBO middleweight champion hasn’t stepped inside the ring since December of last year and is scheduled to face an opponent on the undercard of the rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko. There is also the possibility for Saunders to face Canelo Alvarez.
Jacobs is another story. The WBA issued a deadline for Golovkin and Jacobs to come to some kind of agreement to meet in the near future. A fight between these two men would be highly anticipated and be particularly big in the state of New York. There are some issues with the state of New York with the recent change in how fighters are to be insured in the state. This could lead to the fight taking place elsewhere. Since this was mandated by the WBA it is likely that an agreement could take place. Other forces such as network and promotional divides could stop the fight from taking place.
If Golovkin was exposed against Kell Brook it should have given fighters the confidence to sign to fight him. For fighters like Jacobs and Canelo, it's clear that fighting on the back foot isn’t the way to beat Golovkin. It’s going to take someone to go on the inside and attempt to bully the middleweight champion. With Canelo’s performance last week against Liam Smith, an unexpected party could play the part of the bully.
Golovkin has two current negotiations ongoing. One in the media with Canelo Alvarez over an offer to fight in September 2017. The other with Danny Jacobs over the WBA middleweight title. For fans, the best possible scenario would be for Golovkin to face both men. For both men to really expose Golovkin, however, they'll have to win more than one or two rounds.
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