When Gennady Golovkin steps into the ring everyone is mesmerized by his cataclysmic power. His power is so impressive that it causes a lot of other important attributes to go unnoticed- like Golovkin’s footwork. His foot work is impeccable; he cuts off the ring so well and with such ease that his opponent and the audience don’t even notice.
Another attribute that goes unobserved is Golovkin’s ability to set up punches. I’m not just talking about his bodywork, which is awe-inspiring, or his feints, but his “throw away punches.” They setup his opponent right where he wants them and then drops the hammer on his opponents, to sort of speak.
A question I get asked a lot recently is, “Who can beat Golovkin?” I’ll be honest, before I might tell you a pure boxer like Andre Ward but now I am not so sure. Yes, I will concede that Golovkin’s opposition has not been elite fighters but look at how he has handled them compared to other top fighters. No one has made Rubio look like Golovkin did on Saturday. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. couldn’t get Rubio out and had to settle for a decision, yet Golovkin makes easy work out of Rubio and knocks him out in the second round.
Then there was also the former champion Daniel Geale who had never been stopped, at least that was until he ran into Golovkin. Geale managed to last a round longer than Rubio and met his fate in the third round.
So what am I saying? Is Golovkin unbeatable? Yes, but opponents with the ability to do so are definitely in a short list. To beat Golovkin you must be durable, have reflexes like a mongoose, and possess one hell of a defensive game plan. It will take a lot of tying up, pop shotting and running but a decision victory is not out of the realm of possibility. My list of fighters who could possibly have what it takes to do so would be Floyd Mayweather Jr. (which will never happen due to weight and size) and Andre Ward, who has been so inactive I would still want to favor Golovkin.
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