GENNADY GOLOVKIN “TREADING WATER” STILL

NOBODY OF NOTE WANTS ANY PART OF “TRIPLE G”

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Los Angeles, CA– As he prepares to defend his WBA middleweight (160 lb.) title for the 16th time, Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) has made it clear he simply wants to fight the best fighters available. He’s issued challenges to Miguel Cotto, “Canelo” Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward to no avail. Entering his 35th professional fight, Golovkin has yet to meet the type of opponent who offers the career defining challenge he is in dire need of.

DESTROYED EVERYBODY WHO DARE FIGHT HIM

The highlight reel for Golovkin includes methodical beat downs of Gabriel Rosado and David Lemieux; quick knockouts of Matthew Macklin, Daniel Geale and Marco Antonio Rubio. Of these highlights the biggest should have been his previous outing against Lemieux, his only pay-per-view fight to date. Despite the big time atmosphere in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, the event did a measly 150,000 buys, not exactly superstar numbers.

HBO AIRS “GGG” VS. WADE LIVE FROM RENOWNED L.A. FORUM

Tonight Golovkin will be back on HBO to face Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs), a fringe contender with a split decision last June over aging Sam Soliman. It should be entertaining, Golovkin fights usually are. But it’s unlikely to elevate Golovkin significantly. The only surprise will be if the man known as GGG takes any incoming artillery of significance from the unbeaten Wade.

TIME IS TICKING – “AVOIDING GGG” ERA MUST END SOON

The biggest issues for GGG are lack of willing, big name opponents and his age. Despite not facing a big time opponent, GGG has already been fighting for a decade and recently turned 34 years old; not ancient, but it’s likely he’s already begun to decline. The lack of challenges has probably masked the slowing process.

CANELO AND GOLOVKIN IN SEPTEMBER OR NOVEMBER?

The good news for GGG and especially for fans, is that Alvarez (46-1, 32 KOs), the linear-middleweight champion, is rumored to be his next opponent later this year. The bad news is there have already been rumors the fight is unlikely due to GGG’s unwillingness to accept a catchweight. Yes! A catchweight for a full-blown middleweight to fight the middleweight champion! As appalling as it may sound, it’s easy to understand the reasoning behind Alvarez’s request: At 25 years of age and already a superstar, there’s no reason to rush into a fight with a guy that might crush him. He can follow the blueprint Floyd Mayweather made famous by letting the fight simmer until the challenger has lost some of his game. By then the payout will be higher and the chance of victory greater.

NEVER EASY LARA WILLING TO FIGHT GGG

The only notable fighter who has mentioned GGG as an opponent is Cuban Erislandy Lara (22-2, 13 Kos), who has a rematch against Vanes Martirosyan next month in Las Vegas, NV. While Lara would hardly make for a superfight, he would at least create an intriguing challenge for GGG. In Lara’s two losses, he still looked like a legitimate contender. Against Alvarez he lost a split decision. He bludgeoned Paul Williams only to lose a dubious decision.

GOLOVKIN SKILLS ON DISPLAY TONIGHT AT FORUM

It will be interesting to see GGG’s next move. The Alvarez fight, although being pushed hard by sanctioning bodies, appears unlikely, which leaves the Lara fight as a possibility. Dangerous as it seems to fight an awkward southpaw with little upside, it would drum up more intrigue than another Wade-type opponent.

David Lopez

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