Feature | May 01 2018

The Golovkin dilemma

A huge task confronts Gennady Golovkin if he’s going to defend his titles, unify the division and get revenge against Canelo, writes John Dennen
Gennady Golovkin vs Vanes Martirosyan
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MIDDLEWEIGHT champion Gennady Golovkin wants several things. Firstly he wants to retain the WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight titles he hold. He wants revenge on Canelo Alvarez, who controversially drew with “GGG” last September, then even more controversially failed a drug test and was suspended last month. The Kazakh wants to fight more regularly too, three times a year at least. Plus, he wants to unify all four middleweight world titles and become undisputed middleweight champion.

But, through no fault of Golovkin’s, all those goals are becoming increasingly hard to accomplish in tandem.

For a start the Kazakh did not want to be left waiting for Canelo. When Alvarez was obliged to pull out of their rematch, scheduled for May 5 in Las Vegas, “GGG” was determined to fight on the same day.


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