What Is Next For Golovkin? Don’t Say Canelo
Gennady Golovkin’s victory last night out of the way answered a few questions of him in the ring after his stoppage win of IBF mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta but, as anticipated, leaves the one that everyone wants to know.
What is next for Golovkin?
“I had a lot of fun tonight. I am so happy. It was a great atmosphere, great people, great show, great event. I’m very happy because I got to go back to boxing. I told everyone after the Canelo fight that I would come back. I’m still smart. Right now, I show you. I needed time. I’m very quiet. I needed smart work. I’m not surprised how I won. I worked hard in training camp. I feel very comfortable. I am very proud of my team,” Golovkin said after the fight.
I’m not saying it’s a cliche from Golovkin, but I find it hard to believe that no fans’ atmosphere was great, but I do believe that he was happy to get back into the ring after the long layoff and mentioned as much.
“I needed more time in this fight because I wanted to bring more people to the TV to watch the fight and enjoy. For my next fight, I am open for anybody. Best opponent for me, for business, for DAZN, for fans. I hope tomorrow [between Canelo and Callum Smith] is a great event. Best against the best. Who wins? The fans! Absolutely the fans. We will bring the best fight next time,” said Golovkin.
Golovkin mentioned Canelo as expected, creating the third fight between The Big Drama Show and Canelo that has been much talked about but yet to materialize for one reason, lawsuit or another. That feels like an eternity now, and honestly, I’m over it happening and am willing to see anything else for both of them.
I know they have to talk about it but guys and gals,
GGG-Canelo 3 is NOT happening.
— Marquis Johns (@weaksauceradio) December 19, 2020
Before the beatdown of Szeremeta last night, Golovkin, much like his past few previous fights, has already put a gag order on media on any questions regarding him versus Canelo and such. Same story as well before Derevyanchenko because that would’ve overshadowed the fight itself. There have been countless pieces on the clock ticking on this third fight between them, and I feel that not only has that alarm came and went, it’s been put on snoozed for about three times too late.
We have to move on as a boxing society from this fight.
This is the part where you throw at me the money being left on the table between the two from the previous two fights and that this fight was DAZN’s plan all along when they signed Golovkin to that the 11-fight deal back in 2018. Those two fights were also on HBO pay-per-view as well, and much like boxing on HBO, it ain’t here as we round out 2020 or the foreseeable future.
Canelo said in an interview with recent guest Keith Idec from Boxingscene.com that his future currently is at 168.
“My short-term goal is to win all the titles at 168 pounds, but it depends what happens,” Alvarez said to Boxingscene. “We’ll see what happens. But that’s the goal that [trainer] Eddy [Reynoso], and I have.”
What is currently not at 168? The reigning IBF champion Golovkin and at 38, does anyone think he will have a shot in this third contest? Despite looking dominant against Szeremeta, the only similarities that he and Canelo share are that there fighters in the ring.
That is where it ends, much like the conversation of the third fight with Canelo.
Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.