Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has rejected the prospect of a catchweight fight with Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez further down the line, insisting he wants to remain at the middleweight limit.
The Kazakh cemented his status as one of the sport’s most exciting figures with a dominant win over David Lemieux on Saturday night in New York, stopping the Canadian in Round 8 of a lopsided encounter. It’s a win which makes Golovkin the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt, which Canelo and Cotto will square off for at a catchweight limit.
But Golovkin doesn’t want to shred down should he face either of the aforementioned pair.
“I'm champion of 160, middleweight is my comfortable weight,” he said, per Radio Rahim of BoxingScene. “For what [reason would I do a catch-weight]? For business or for what? I'm a boxer. I'm the champion of the middleweight division.”
As noted by Rahim, given any potential showdown would be a mandatory defence, Cotto and Canelo would have little sway in determining which weight the fight would be held at.
For GGG, skimming weight off would be a peculiar move. Indeed, as noted by ESPN’s Brian Campbell following the win over Lemieux, according to Compubox, the Kazakh is setting remarkable precedents in the division:
Beating the Canadian on Saturday was his 21st knockout victory in succession. Golovkin is a wonderfully rounded fighter; while he throws punches so smoothly and with such freedom, his technical acumen is what gives them a sledgehammer-esque effect.
The 33-year-old is the dominant force in the division at this juncture and well on the way to monopolising it, so why should he make sacrifices?
According to Rahim, GGG was willing to drop to 154 to fight Floyd Mayweather at junior middleweight, but that’d be an understandable concession in order to go up against one of the sport’s immortal figures. Canelo and Cotto, with all due respect, don’t command that kind of gravitas.
Sham Ayub of BeRealTV thinks that if either of the pair, set to go head-to-head on November 21, were to face Golovkin at the middleweight limit, they’d stand little chance of getting the better of him:
With GGG keen on fighting the winner of the upcoming battle, per Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, it appears a middleweight bout is inevitable. Should that occur, although Canelo and Cotto have their qualities, both would struggle to handle the power the Kazakh possesses.
Should he clean out the division, only then will Golovkin consider new challenges at different weights. Mayweather, should he come out of retirement, would be an intriguing option for fans, but going up against a rampant GGG is a risk he’s unlikely to take.
Moving up in weight class, Andre Ward, the WBA super middleweight champion, would be another scrap that’d capture attentions.