The middleweight division remains one of boxing’s most competitive divisions because it is mixed with young champions and experienced champions. Gennadiy Golovkin is still the best middleweight because of his power and ring IQ.
He became a middleweight champion in August 2010 and has been at the top of the 160-pound division ever since. He suffered two setbacks against Canelo Alvarez in which he drew and lost in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Outside of those two unfavorable outcomes, Golovkin has dominated the middleweight division.
Golovkin (41-1-1 record, 36 KOs) has the most experience in the ring out of all of the current middleweight champions. Alvarez has not fought at 160 pounds since May 2019, so he is no longer considered a true middleweight anymore.
Golovkin is expected to fight WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata at some point this year in a rescheduled unification bout. Golovkin was scheduled to travel to Japan to put his IBF middleweight belt on the line against Murata on Dec. 29. The bout was postponed in early December because of COVID-19 concerns in Japan.
If Golovkin gets that fight, he will be able to prove that he is still the best middleweight in the world. In April, Golovkin turns 40-years-old, which could signal an eventual end to Golovkin’s championship run.
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His last bout was against Kamil Szeremeta in December 2020, and he won via a seventh-round retirement in Florida. Golovkin looked sharp in that fight and he blasted Szeremeta with his thunderous power.
Even at 39-years-old, there are still important fights out there for Golovkin. Not only is there a unification bout against Murata on the table, but fellow champions Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo have called out Golovkin in the past. Either of those two champions would be a significant draw for Golovkin in the United States, especially since a trilogy bout between Golovkin and Alvarez does not seem tenable.
Golovkin will be remembered as one of the most ferocious punchers in boxing history. Golovkin, 39-years-old, still packs a heavy punch that could stop any middleweight right in their tracks.