San Francisco, CA- The headline is no tease, it’s reality based on boxing history. You remember the old adage, “a good big man beats a good little man.” With the exception of the few and far between, Henry Armstrong and Roberto Duran were two of the exceptions to this golden rule of boxing.

Are Canelo, GGG, Ward and Kovalev good enough to defy size and history? Let’s look at the 154 lb. champ Saul Alvarez who is 44-1-1, 31 KO’s and a youngster at 24. How would he match up with Gennady Golovkin, the people’s (and WBA) World middleweight (160) champion?

Ring Magazine recognizes Puerto Rican (39-4, 32 KOs) Miguel Cotto, who recently thrashed linear champ Sergio Martinez. Cotto-Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) is a mismatch, one in which Cotto would be punished in a manner near criminal.

Back to the fight at hand, Saul vs. GGG looks like a rout as Alvarez would be dismayed by the power and speed of Golovkin displaying what some say a style that has a lot of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez about it. (What do you think about that?) The brute force of GGG beating Canelo to the punch ends this one early for the Mexican mauler.

When it comes to Gennady Golovkin moving up in weight to face Andre Ward, it is ill advised. Back to, “a good big man beats a good little man,” GGG would have to get close to harm Ward. The size differential being what it is, I don’t know. Speed, size and being more polished, isn’t that enough for Ward to prevail?

2004 Olympic king Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) is an amazing athlete. Retired boxing historian Ronald Marshall can heard saying, “Andre Ward is a natural athlete. If he wanted to, (high school football star) Ward could have played any sport.” But is that athleticism enough to make him the man at 175 lbs.?

WBO champ Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) might be the one guy that can walk the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist down and bust him up. Sergey looks invincible at light heavyweight, even though Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) is the linear World champion, most feel Kovalev deserve that position. Stevenson has a date with “Krusher” Kovalev after Sergey “hurts” Bernard Hopkins (55-5-2, 32 KOs) in November. The only fight that will matter after Bernard is buried is Kovalev-Stevenson.

As dominant as I think Kovalev is at 175, a move to cruiserweight (200) would be the hardest and biggest jump of any champion from jr. middleweight to light heavyweight. Unless Kovalev could put together a Roberto Duran-like Iran Barkely performance, he would be hard pressed to be the victor vs. Yoan Hernandez 28-1, 14 KOs).

So while Canelo, GGG, Andre Ward and “Krusher” Kovalev might be head and shoulders above the others in their perspective divisions, moving up in weight does not look like something Pedro would recommend. Unfortunately, moving up appears the only way that Alvarez, GGG, Ward and Kovalev can reap obscene amounts of money.

Pedro Fernandez


  • GET KP to set it up.

  • Ward is a very good boxer, but has has had numerous injuries and promotional problems have kept him in limbo. Golovkin is a real beast who is quick as a panther and will pounce on the super middleweight title holder. Gennady is that rare combination of boxer – puncher seen only rarely. He has a better than even chance to defeat the current super middleweight champ.

  • Griffith weighed in at 151 pounds the day of the fight, with cowboy boots on, for his Middleweight Title fight with Dick Tiger in 1966

  • Pedro you should have a Ringtalk chat wrap every Friday and let all the fans just talk about boxing with you and you respond to every fans comments and questions about boxing.

  • Geoffrey Sadao Prenter

    It’s going to take a very special fighter to beat Golovkin. To put it bluntly, the man is lethal.

    I like Andre Ward. He is a thinking fighter with great athleticism. However, his inactivity might hurt him. I think that Ward-Kolalev would be a toss-up. Kolalev is a devastating puncher, but he isn’t reckless. He knows how to cut the ring off, and he can counter-punch well.

  • Golovkin will destroy Andre Ward and become one of the best middleweights of all time. I feel he is even better than Monzon and Hagler.

  • moving up in weight these days is dangerous. With day before the fight weigh ins the smaller guy is at a HUGE disadvantage. GGG is a natural 160LBS fighter and it a perfect weight for him. Ward would come in at 180 or so. A bad deal. I’d forget the obscene amounts of money and have a good retirement savings plan, forget the 40,000 square foot house and silly bling, and no ass kissing hangers on to pay and come away with my health.
    Lets not forget the great Emile Griffith who was I think 154 when he won the middleweight title.

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