- Gennady Golovkin will defend the IBF middleweight title against Kamil Szemereta.
- The fight has been booked four times before and now it is set for November 21st.
- Golovkin is a massive -2500 betting favorite to retain his belt.
Former middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin will make his return to the squared circle in November.
According to Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn, Golovkin will defend his IBF middleweight title against mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta on November 21st. The bout will be held at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Golovkin was angling at a third fight with Canelo Alvarez but with the Mexican superstar having other plans that didn’t include him, Triple G is making matters worse by fighting an obscure foe that the fans aren’t really interested in.
There were many options for Golovkin. Jermall Charlo would’ve been a big fight or a rematch with Derevyanchenko would have sold better. Even a rematch against Daniel Jacobs would have been a more appealing fight but in the end, Triple G wanted to keep the IBF belt so now he will have to defend it against the organization’s top challenger.
Golovkin is Firm on Canelo: He Avoided Trilogy, I’m Fighting Szeremeta! https://t.co/ehUFJgdblg pic.twitter.com/sQKlMqhIjC
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) May 7, 2020
Szeremeta is the IBF’s no. 1 ranked contender and the 7th best middleweight in The Ring rankings. The 30-year old from Bialystok, Poland is unbeaten in 21 bouts but has only five win by way of knockout. He is the European middleweight champion who fought in the undercard of Golovkin’s last bout in October 2019.
Reign of Terror
Golovkin is the former unified middleweight champion of the world, reigning from 2014 to 2018. He reigned as the no. 1 pound for pound fighter in the planet from September 2017 to September 2018. He had an unbeaten streak of 23 knockouts that spanned from 2008 to 2017. Currently, Triple G’s outstanding record stands at 40 wins with one loss and 35 knockouts.
His reign of terror in boxing’s middleweight division included 19 consecutive title defenses and a knockout rate of 89.7%, the highest in the history of boxing’s 160-pound weight class. Golovkin is also one of the most durable boxers in the sport. He has never been knocked down in 350 amateur and 42 professional bouts.
As an amateur Triple G captured the gold medal in the 2003 World Championships. The Kazakh god of war represented his country in the 2004 Olympics, winning the silver medal in the middleweight division. But Golovkin is now 38-years old and after he got robbed in his first bout with Canelo, Alvarez finished stronger and beat him by majority decision in their rematch. Despite an obvious decline, he still wants that third fight with Canelo and has even followed the Mexican all the way to DAZN.
Scheduled Four Times This Year
Right now, only two sportsbooks have posted the odds for this bout. Per the latest odds at PaddyPower as of 9/24/20, Golovkin is a massive 1/25 favorite (-2500) while Szeremeta came back at 10/1 ( +1000). These numbers aren’t surprising at all.
If we compare him to Triple G’s most recent opponents, Szeremeta is more of a Steve Rolls than a Sergiy Derevyanchenko. It can be recalled that Golovkin bounced back from his loss to Canelo Alvarez by disposing of unknown Rolls inside for rounds in June 2019. After that fight, Golovkin recaptured the IBF and IBO middleweight titles with a controversial unanimous decision win over Derevyanchenko four months later.
This fight has been scheduled for four dates already this year but has never materialized. The last time out, Golovkin suffered a calf injury. Now that Triple G is healthy, it’s likely going down this time around. This bout was originally booked to set the stage for a third Canelo bout but with the Mexican embroiled in a legal battle with his promoters, that trilogy fight won’t be happening soon and this will be Triple G’s only fight this year.