- Gennadiy Golovkin is expected to return on December 17 or 18 in a DAZN event.
- Golovkin will defend his IBF middleweight title against mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta.
- Triple G has not fought since reclaiming the belt in October 2019 against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Gennadiy Golovkin is expected to return to the ring in mid-December to take on the IBF’s mandatory challenger Kamik Szeremeta.
Golovkin to defend against Szeremeta on Dec.18th or 19th on DAZN https://t.co/4ShtPXtqqE
— Boxing News 24 (@boxingnews24) November 7, 2020
The bout has not been finalized but according to sources, it will be a DAZN event that will be staged on either December 17 or 18. Golovkin has not fought since defeating Sergiy Derevyanchenko last year to recapture the IBF and IBO middleweight titles.
Third Canelo Fight Down The Drain
Gennadiy Golovkin confirms mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta, not Canelo, will be his next fight
More: https://t.co/fUxFbuhWNl pic.twitter.com/w5Tf747cX5
— Bad Left Hook (@badlefthook) May 7, 2020
With the recent announcement of Canelo Alvarez’s split from Golden Boy and DAZN, the third fight with Canelo is almost surely down the drain. Golovkin followed Alvarez to DAZN when he signed with the sports streaming service company last year. But with Alvarez and DAZN involved in a nasty split, it’s almost certain that DAZN will not want to promote a fight involving the Mexican. Well unless of course, Golovkin leaves DAZN too.
That said, Golovkin’s only lucrative fight at middleweight is against Demetrious Andrade, if you want to call it a big bout. Otherwise, he may have to move up to 168 pounds to get high profile fights against Callum Smith or Billie Joe Saunders. Given that Triple G is aging fast, he will have to be busy in the next couple of years.
Those bouts will have to wait though as Golovkin still has a mandatory title defense against Szeremeta and that is planned for either Friday, December 17th or Saturday, December 18th. If Triple G is successful, he will have the freedom to choose a profitable opponent for his next fight.
Not A High Profile Opponent
Report: @GGGBoxing is leaning toward facing mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta (pictured) next. https://t.co/ZAGEXYnUR9 #boxing pic.twitter.com/bKbihJ2Epe
— Michael Rosenthal (@mrosenthal_box) October 9, 2019
Szeremeta is not a high profile opponent. However, the 31-year old from Bialystok in Poland is the 7th ranked middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
He won the European middleweight title by knocking out Alessandro Goddi in February 2018. Szeremeta successfully defended the belt twice before relinquishing it in order to face Oscar Cortes in an IBF middleweight eliminator.
He knocked out Cortes inside two rounds last October in the undercard of Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko. Szeremeta became mandatory challenger after that win while Golovkin went on to defeat Derevyanchenko in a tough bout to capture the IBF middleweight title and set up a bout with Szeremeta.
However, with the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzing the world of sports in 2020, Szeremeta’s title shot has been pushed back several times. The polish middleweight has an undefeated record of 21-0 with only five knockouts. Three of his five knockouts have come in his last five bouts.
Golovkin Is Aging – But There’s More To It Than That – https://t.co/Ug7ik8vf5X pic.twitter.com/FrHhsrZMHw
— Boxing Insider.com (@BoxingInsider) October 7, 2019
Golovkin was once the most feared boxer in the world Known as the Kazakh god of war, Triple G is known for his powerful and precise punching. He had a steak of 23 knockouts wins from 2008 to 2017. Golovkin also has an 89.7% knockout ratio, the highest in the history of the middleweight division. The former gold medalist in the World Championships and silver medalist in the Summer Olympics made 20 successful title defenses, with 19 wins and one draw during that period.
After he was held to a controversial draw against Canelo Alvarez in September 2017, Golovkin fought the Mexican in a rematch one year later. Alvarez defeated Golovkin via split decision, a verdict which has been disputed to this day. He recaptured the IBF and IBO belts with a win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko last year.
Triple G is now 38 years old and is no longer the knockout machine that he once was. However, he is still a devastating puncher and still owns one of the best chins in the sport. Golovkin has never been knocked down in 396 total fights, including those during his amateur career.