By Andrew McCart
On June 29th Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) defends his WBA and IBO middleweight titles against Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) at Foxwoods ResortCasino, Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Matthew Macklin is a very good fighter who can give any of the best middleweights in the division a good, hard fight. The Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez fights evidence of that. Macklin has tons of experience and a great chin. He has been hit with some solid shots throughout his career that would have knocked most guys out.
Gennady Golovkin comes in to the fight with a record of 26 fights, 26 wins with 23 coming by way of stoppage. That’s an 88% knockout ratio. Which is the highest knockout percentage of any of the current champions in any division at the moment. Adding that Golovkin has never been knocked down in his career, and that includes his amateur career as well as his pro career. That makes it a tough task for Macklin to dethrone Golovkin.
This fight will be an exciting fight for fans. As both fighters like to come forward and dominate. This is where I think Macklin will lose the fight. Golovkin with his superior boxing ability and devastating power, will eventually soften Macklin up before finishing the fight by stoppage in the middle rounds.
Golovkin for me is a superstar in the making. Looking at his amateur career he holds notable victories over top fighters like Andre Dirrell, Lucian Bute and fellow middleweight Andy Lee. He won gold medals as an amateur at the world championships, Asian games and Asian championships. With a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games.
If Golovkin beats Macklin, which I have no doubt he will. There are some real tasty looking fights out there for him. Against the likes of Sergio Martinez and Julio Chavez Jr. or a step up in weight to face super middleweight king Andre Ward. That is if they don’t avoid Golovkin like many fighters have done before.
Gennady Golovkin for me is the best middleweight in the world and will reign at the top of the division for years to come. Golovkin could possibly be the pound-for-pound best in a few fights time.
Remember the name…… Gennady Golovkin.
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