Saturday night we saw what many knew was bound to happen. GGG looked human, and seemed to be hurt throughout the fight. Gennadiy Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO’s) was able to claim a unanimous decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KO’s) with scores of 115-112, 115-112, and 114-113. To many, the scores did not accurately depict the pace of the fight, with GCSN having the fight scored 114-113 for Derevyanchenko. With this latest victory, Golovkin was able to reclaim the IBF title he was stripped of in 2018, and placed himself in a better position to lobby for fights with other middleweight champions such as Canelo Alvarez and Demetrius Andrade, who also fight on the DAZN platform.
What’s next for the 37 year old champion? Golovokin is without a doubt in the twilight of his career and no longer seems to be the monster of the middleweight division. For most of the fight Saturday night, GGG seemed to be on his backfoot and came off as hurt by Derevyanchenko’s constant attack to the body. Would this same fighter have been able to last five rounds in the ring with GGG in 2016? They say the last thing to leave a fighter is his punching power and that seems to be the case for GGG. His agility seems to have rapidly declined and he was unable to avoid combinations to the face during the fight, not that head movement was ever an asset he was known for. He has made it known that the fight he wants foremost is a trilogy match with boxing’s biggest superstar, Canelo Alvarez. Canelo has repeatedly made it known that he has zero interest in a third fight and would rather take on different challenges at this point in his career.
GGG was once known as the hardest punching fighter in all of boxing, and was avoided by all fighters in his weight class. But it is clear, those days have come to an end and he will enjoy a few more active years before being forced to retire. At 37 years of age, Golovkin has treated fans to some of boxing’s biggest fights. Let us hope that he does not stay in the fight game long enough to invite permanent damage.
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