By Allan Fox: Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin will reportedly be defending his IBF middleweight title towards #4 IBF Esquiva Falcao (28-0, 20 KOs) in August in Los Angeles, California, earlier than dealing with WBA 160-lb champ Ryota Murata in December in a unification.
Falcao misplaced to Murata within the 2012 Olympics and was additionally overwhelmed by him in 2013 within the amateurs. On condition that he’s misplaced twice to Murata, it offers boxing followers a superb image of the expertise stage of Falcao.
Murata isn’t rated extremely by followers after dropping to Hassan N’Dam and Rob Brant within the professional ranks.
Uol.com reviews that the 39-year-old Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) will probably be combating the 2012 Olympian Falcao at a still-to-be-determined date in August.
Falcao has fought weak opposition as a professional
Whereas the 31-year-old Brazilian Falcao is unbeaten, he’s confronted largely obscure second-tier opposition since turning professional in 2014.
Final February, Falcao lastly stepped it up type of in stopping 35-year-old former two-time middleweight world title challenger Artur Akavov within the fourth spherical in Las Vegas.
Akavov has misplaced to WBO 160-lb world champions Demetrius Andrade in 2019 and Billy Joe Saunders in 2016.
Falcao’s final seven fights as a professional:
- Artur Akavov
- Morrama Dheisw de Araujo Santos (5-4)
- Jorge Daniel Miranda (56-20) x 2
- Manny Woods (17-11-1)
- Jsus Antonio Gutierrez Velazquez
- Guido Nicolas Pitto
The opposition that Falcao has fought as a professional has been woeful, and it’s greater than somewhat disturbing that an Olympian would battle these sorts of fellows.
This would be the fourth battle of Golovkin’s six-fight contract with DAZN, and clearly not the match that U.S boxing followers and sure the streaming service have been hoping to see.
Golovkin has arguably underwhelmed to the intense with the extent of opposition he’s fought since signing with DAZN in 2018.
GGG’s three fights with the streaming service have been towards Kamil Szeremeta, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, and Steve Rolls.
Some boxing followers consider that Golovkin is milking his contract with DAZN to take risk-free opposition as a substitute of taking the dangerous fights towards Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, Canelo Alvarez, and Jaime Munguia.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn not too long ago expressed disappointment on the information of Golovkin selecting to attend till December thirty first to battle WBA champ, Ryota Murata.
Hearn desires Golovkin to tackle his fighter WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade or WBC champ Jermall Charlo in a unification conflict as a substitute of ready till December to battle Murata (14-2, 10 KOs).
It’s unclear why GGG has chosen to not battle Andrade, Munguia, or Charlo, however one can take a guess. Golovkin hasn’t been as excessive profile as he was once since his loss to Canelo in 2018.
Since that battle, Golovkin has gone in the wrong way o the damaging fighters and centered on dealing with obscure opposition in Steve Rolls, Szeremeta, and Derevyanchenko.
Some followers consider Golovkin is attempting to keep away from getting overwhelmed to get the Canelo trilogy earlier than hanging up his gloves.
Golovkin’s final battle was a horrible mismatch towards his IBF obligatory Szeremeta final December. Though Golovkin’s obligatory with the Worldwide Boxing Federation wasn’t due but, he took the battle with Szeremeta to get it out of the best way.
The followers would have most popular Golovkin to face Charlo, Andrade, Munguia or give Derevyanchenko a rematch.