Gennady Golovkin remains the king of boxing's middleweight division - but who's next in line to challenge the Kazakhstani knockout artist?
The 36-year-old remains undefeated in his professional boxing career after racking up 38 wins and one draw. 34 of his victorious have come by way of knockout, as Golovkin has established himself as one of the most feared knockout artists the sport has ever seen.
Currently Golovkin holds the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles, and comes fresh off a second round knockout win over Vanes Martirosyan on May 5th.
That fight was originally supposed to take place in Las Vegas against Canelo Alvarez, one of boxing's biggest stars and a longtime foe of Golovkin.
The pair initially met last year in September for what many called the biggest fight that could be made in boxing today.
While early on the fight was fairly competitive, Golovkin seemed to handily win the majority of the rounds later on in the fight.
In the end, however, the judges awarded a controversial Majority Draw decision that angered a lot of boxing fans and experts alike.
With all the controversy surrounding their first meeting, a rematch definitely needed to take place soon to determine who truly is the best middleweight in boxing. Unfortunately, Canelo failed a pair of anti-doping tests that forced him out of their May 5th fight.
The Mexican claimed tainted meat was the culprit. Regardless, Golovkin and his team scrambled to find a new opponent and venue to give fans a May 5th fight as he promised - and did exactly that.
Golovkin fought Martirosyan in Carson, California from the StubHub Center and won handily to retain his titles.
With the win under his belt, many boxing fans expect Golovkin to reground and prepare for his highly-anticipated rematch with Canelo
During a recent interview, however, Golovkin said that he won't be waiting on Canelo for his next fight and believes there are other fighters who deserve a crack at his throne (quotes via Boxing Scene):
“I do think that I won [against Alvarez],” Golovkin said through a translator. “I think I’m better. I have all my belts. In fact, let’s just not put all the eggs in one basket with Canelo.
"There’s a couple of other good fighters – maybe not as good [for me] financially. But Canelo is not the only option. …
"There are some other boxers that should be given a chance. Let’s not only talk about Canelo. It’s not only Canelo at this weight.”
What are your thoughts on Golovkin saying that Canelo is not the only option for his next fight? Do you think that Golovkin will end up fighting the Mexican next? And who are you picking in the rematch? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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