Golovkin eyes record against unbeaten Szeremeta
Gennady Golovkin can declare a piece of middleweight boxing history on Friday as he goes after a record 21st effective defence versus obligatory Polish opposition Kamil Szeremeta in Florida.
The 38-year-old Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 knockouts) will move one clear of Bernard Hopkins for the most ever defenses at 160 pounds if he functions versus the unbeaten Szeremeta.
“It’s very exciting for any athlete to set a new record, whether it’s the 21st defense or any other record, the fact you’re setting a record is pleasing to me,” stated Golovkin, the International Boxing Federation middleweight champ.
The behind-closed-doors battle at the Seminole Acid Rock Hotel and Gambling Establishment, which is being transmitted on the DAZN streaming platform, is likewise a chance for Golovkin to advise an around the world audience that he stays a force in the department.
A strong however unimpressive consentaneous choice success over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in his last battle, in October 2019, sustained the view that the compelling Golovkin remains in decrease.
Even Szeremeta (21-0, 5 knockouts) ran the risk of tweaking the champ’s tail previously today by recommending Golovkin was previous his prime.
“You cannot defeat time, we know that,” the 31-year-old Szeremeta stated.
“We know his prime is behind him and I’m walking into my prime right now. He is still an extremely dangerous fighter and I need to remember this all the time.”
Golovkin appeared nonplussed by Szeremeta’s remarks.
“Any athlete is entitled to his opinion,” Golovkin stated. “I can’t say if he’s confused. But the fight on Friday will show whether he’s confused or not.
“Even if I’m apparently previous my prime I still feel excellent and I’m all set. He’s up for a surprise.
“When I spar, I feel great and as strong, powerful, tenacious and I have as much stamina as I had five years ago – maybe even better.”
While Golovkin confesses that the possibility of a 3rd battle versus Mexican competing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is significantly not likely, he is eager to eliminate on as his 40th birthday looms ever better.
“I have not achieved everything I wanted to achieve,” he stated today. “I first need to win on Friday and after that I will start to look into other opportunities and options in order to achieve more in my career.”
However the possibility of a 3rd battle with Canelo, who beat Golovkin with a questionable bulk choice in Las Vegas in 2018, looks remote.
“I’m tired of thinking about it,” Golovkin stated. “It’s been over two years that we’ve been throwing this around. It’s not my fault that this fight has not taken place. But there is a possibility this fight might never happen.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.