August 29th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
TEAM GOLOVKIN HEADED BY MILD MANNERED LOEFFLER
San Francisco, CA- Gennady “Good Boy” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) has made his terrorizing presence felt in the middleweight (160 lb.) division at the expense of his so-far unworthy challengers. The men who dare stand across the ring from him rarely last long enough to hear the final bell. He is on a pace to fight four times this year; very high activity by the standards of today’s contenders. Each of his wins so far have come in impressive fashion. First was Gabriel Rosado, who had his face disfigured before being stopped on cuts.
AND THE “TRIPLE G” BEAT GOES ON
Next was Nobuhiro Ishida, who despite being in with tough bangers such as James Kirkland (whom he drilled), Paul Williams and Rigoberto Alvarez (less famous brother of “Canelo”) had not been stopped in over 30 fights. Golovkin disposed of them with minimal effort. After that came Matthew Macklin, a tough Brit who had given lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez hell in an 11th round stoppage loss. But the “Good Boy” did it in just three (one of the most brutal and beautiful bodyshots you’ll ever see), prompting his British foe to say afterwards that Golovkin was the by far the best fighter he had ever fought.
CURTIS STEVENS TO SWIM IN SHARK INFESTED POOLL
Next up for the middleweight titleholder is Curtis Stevens, a loud-mouthed Brooklyn native who packs a hard punch. But besides his heavy hands, Stevens doesn’t have much else going for him in the upcoming November bout. After that, Golovkin’s team led by promoter Tom Loeffler will be back at the drawing board looking for suitable opponents.
BARKER PULLS UPSET IN ATLANTIC CITY
Darren Barker just beat Daniel Geale in a thrilling IBF title match featured on HBO and is looking to fight his fellow Brit, Martin Murray in a battle of former Martinez victims. Speaking of Martinez, he is injured at the moment and is talking about having a comeback bout, possibly against Miguel Cotto (maybe at 154 lbs.) first. He says the ideal time for him to face the former Kazakhstan Olympic medalist is September 2014, which is over a year from now. Then there is Felix Sturm who has long avoided Golovkin as he were carrying a deadly disease. That isn’t going to to change anytime soon.
PROMOTER LOEFFLER GOT GOLOVKIN THE HBO DATES
Golovkin’s recent success has been a gift in that three of his last four fights have been featured on HBO, and with that exposure comes more fans and higher paydays. The curse that has come with it however, is that few of his middleweight colleagues want to work with him. Gennady is like the kid on the schoolyard who is picked last in dodgeball because no one wants to play with him. Only it seems these grown men would much rather get hit in the face by a dodgeball than a Gennady Golovkin straight right.
LOOKING AT ABNER MARES-JHONNY GONZALEZ
But perhaps it is foolish of me to look past Stevens the way I did earlier in this article. After all, have I not learned anything from this weekend’s events between Johnny Gonzalez and Abner Mares? Most boxing pundits (myself included) dismissed Gonzalez as a very tough and solid fighter who would give Mares some rounds before eventually faltering either by a late stoppage or a wide decision. His best days seemed to be, and perhaps still are, behind him. Golden Boy Promotions was already discussing an eventual bout between Mares and Leo Santa Cruz. But Gonzalez had something to say about that and he ruined the plans of his former sparring partner when he drilled him in just one round.
FIGHTERS NOT FIGHTING ON………..TWITTER
I find it very ironic that just earlier this year Nonito Donaire and Abner Mares were calling each other out on Twitter while on a major collision course for junior featherweight (122) supremacy. Of course the Cold War between their petty promoters got in the way of that bout taking place but they both went on to lose in major upsets this year. Things never work out the way they are supposed to in this sport. This is why they fight the fights. And this is why we watch the fights.
Jason B. Nava