OPINION was sharply divided at ringside as to whether Gennady Golovkin had done enough to merit the unanimous decision he was given over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in their highly entertaining fight at Madison Square Garden, but what was obvious in the aftermath is that the man from Kazakhstan has seen better days.
Sooner or later all fighters start to decline. At 37, that day has arrived for Golovkin. He is still an elite fighter, just no longer the head of the pack.
Once one of the most avoided men in the sport, Golovkin will now have no shortage of opponents lining up to face him. First and foremost will be Derevyanchenko, who certainly deserves a rematch. But the bottom line is that in winning the vacant IBF and IBO middleweight titles, Golovkin is still in as strong a position to dictate his future opponents as he was before.