GGG’s still got it in stoppage win over Szeremeta

The concern of the night appeared to be, is he back? However the much better concern relating to Gennadiy Golovkin, possibly, is was he ever gone?

The IBF middleweight champ manhandled unheralded Kamil Szeremeta on Friday, knocking him down 4 times and stopping him after 7 complete rounds in the primary occasion of a Matchroom Sport card in Hollywood, Florida.

Golovkin, who made a record 21st effective middleweight title defense, was never ever challenged. He dropped Szeremeta in the very first with a sweeping left hook, a shot that set the tone for the night.

Szeremeta was difficult, however had absolutely nothing to actually contend with Golovkin. He’s an example of those approving body-ordered title defenses that do little bit helpful for the sport or anybody in it.

However it was a suggestion of what an elite middleweight Golovkin is, even at 38 and after more than a years of fights versus the world’s finest 160-pounders.

When somebody asks if he’s back, it makes no sense. He quickly might have won both of his battles with Canelo Alvarez. His very first, in 2017, was a split draw while Alvarez won a razor-thin bulk choice in 2018.

He was elite then and he’s elite now, an excellent fighter and creative fighter who occurs to have concussive power in both hands. After the loss to Alvarez, Golovkin burnt out Steve Rolls and after that won a harder-than-expected choice over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2015. That led numerous to hypothesize that Golovkin was nearing completion, however Golovkin was considerably ill prior to the battle. He battled a difficult and determined challenger at far less than his finest and still triumphed.

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 18: Gennadiy Golovkin lands a blow to Kamil Szeremeta in their IBF Middleweight title bout at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 18, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Gennadiy Golovkin lands a blow to Kamil Szeremeta in their IBF Middleweight title bout at Seminole Acid rock Hotel & Gambling Establishment on December 18, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida. (Image by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

“I thought he was fantastic,” stated promoter Eddie Hearn, who accomplished. “I mean, he’s been out since last October. It’s difficult for these elite-level guys to come back after over a year out. I thought the jab was fantastic.”

Hearn is never ever scared of embellishment, however basically whatever Golovkin did Friday was great.

However he has actually been doing that for several years, so there need to be no shock that he did it a couple of months prior to his 39th birthday. He remained in spectacular condition and showed a bit of whatever in rolling to his 36th knockout triumph.

Golovkin didn’t have much to state following the battle and didn’t call out Alvarez, who defends an uninhabited incredibly middleweight title on Saturday in San Antonio versus unbeaten Callum Smith.

Asked who he believed would win Alvarez-Smith, Golovkin beamed and stated, “The fans. Definitely the fans.”

A 3rd battle with Alvarez makes a great deal of sense, though if there are no fans permitted by the spring, it may be tough to make that bout offered the monetary needs of the fighters.

However if we presume for a minute that cash isn’t a concern — and let’s be truthful, it’s constantly a concern — a 3rd Alvarez-Golovkin battle would be extremely attractive.

The 2 are as equally matched as 2 super star fighters might be, and even if it implies they combat at incredibly middleweight rather of middleweight, it would likely be another of those battles where fans of both have swellings in their throats while awaiting the decision to be revealed.

There were no nerves or doubts on Friday, however. Golovkin showed to whatever couple of skeptics were out there that he’s far from through which he’d be a hazardous challenger for anybody at 160 or 168.

Golovkin stays a star of the greatest order, and anybody who questions that just isn’t paying close sufficient attention.

He’s been at this level for several years, and appears like he’s surrounding his 29th rather of his 39th birthday. He stays now, as he has actually been for several years, just among the best fighters of this or any generation.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.