Slightly than keep in mind the 40-year-old Gennady Golovkin who struggled in opposition to Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez on Saturday, listed here are 10 fights displaying him at his middleweight finest…
1 Saúl Álvarez 1
Although it could appear odd for Golovkin’s “finest” efficiency to have resulted in a draw, few would argue that this 2017 struggle in opposition to Alvarez ought to have gone within the Kazakh’s favour. It could have been a career-defining win, too, given all of the Mexican has since gone on to realize.
2 David Lemieux
Regardless of the specter of Lemieux’s punch energy in 2015, Golovkin strategically broke him aside, utilizing his jab like by no means earlier than, and ultimately took him out within the eighth spherical. It was the struggle that exposed there may be extra to GGG than simply energy.
3 Daniel Geale
As violent as they arrive, Golovkin’s 2014 dismissal of Geale noticed him land among the heaviest and most hurtful photographs of his profession, with Geale doing effectively simply to get to spherical three.
4 Matthew Macklin
Not not like the Geale struggle, Macklin did all he may within the face of Golovkin in 2013, however was in the end out of his depth, crushed up and completed by a physique shot in spherical three.
5 Marco Antonio Rubio
So dominant was Golovkin in opposition to Rubio in 2014, he even discovered time to invent a brand new punch with which he completed his Mexican opponent in spherical two. The punch in query was a chopping hook to the brow, delivered from on excessive, which left Rubio with no likelihood of getting up.
6 Nobuhiro Ishida
As savage a remaining shot as he ever produced, Golovkin fought Ishida in 2013 in Monte Carlo and completed the Japanese fighter with a proper hand, sending him via the ropes. No depend was crucial.
7 Kell Brook
After providing Brook, a pure welterweight, some confidence early in spherical one, Golovkin then simply as rapidly took benefit of this, beating Brook up, breaking his face, and stopping him within the fifth spherical. The Sheffield fighter, in fact, by no means actually recovered.
8 Martin Murray
One of many braver efforts an opponent managed in opposition to Golovkin, Murray lasted into the eleventh with the middleweight champion in 2015, although didn’t win a single a kind of rounds and will do nothing to stop Golovkin securing the stoppage, both.
9 Curtis Stevens
A 2013 struggle with huge knockdowns, Stevens, a cocksure American who promised to not be intimidated by Golovkin, discovered himself decked closely in spherical two, however reacted effectively till he was put out of his distress within the eighth.
10 Ryota Murata
Whereas maybe not classic Golovkin, a 2022 tour to Saitama, Japan is notable as a result of it may be the final huge win of his profession. It was end, too, with him overcoming some sticky spells to lastly break down and cease Murata within the ninth.