Out of sight, out of mind is a mantra that at times can stick heavily within the boxing realm, and Middleweight legend / current IBF Titlist 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (40-1-1, 35KO👊👊) has been wrapped up in that narrative lately. Despite being 38 years of age, and not quite the force he used to be in his prime years, he is still very dangerous, and still ranks with the truly elite boxers campaigning at ⚖️160 lbs.
Golovkin will look to make the first defense of his world title by taking on unbeaten top-ranked IBF mandatory challenger 🇵🇱Kamil Szeremeta (21-0-0, 5KO👊) to headline a fight card that is scheduled to take place on Friday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which can be viewed on 💻DAZN.
A FACT-CHECK FOR THE RECORD BOOKS📖
Gennadiy Golovkin’s run is a Middleweight Champion is a great one, with a long tenure, however the length of his reign has been influx in 🌊muddy waters. As the poster says, he is going for his 21st title defense as a Middleweight, which would break his tie for the record set by Bernard Hopkins in terms of alphabet titles, but there’s something to address.
Golovkin for quite some time held on to the (Regular) WBA Middleweight Title while 🇩🇪Felix Sturm had the real WBA world title. If that is taken into account, then that means that Golovkin’s WBA run truly started when Sturm lost to 🇦🇺Daniel Geale on September 1st, 2012, which means that Golovkin’s true WBA run actually started against 🇵🇱Gregorz Proksa.
With that being said, Golovkin at this present time is truly at 15 title defenses, which still impressively pits Golovkin as second all-time for Middleweight regarding belts of alphabet variety, but also means that he would still have some ways to go to catch, and to surpass Bernard Hopkins in that regard.