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Golovkin signs with DAZN, three-years, six fights

Former middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has finally made his decision about where he will box next, and the decision lead him to John Skipper’s start-up app, DAZN, a boxing web streaming service.

This more than likely puts Canelo versus Golovkin in play for later this year, as well as adds depth to the DAZN product at the middleweight division. Golovkin’s return though will be in June against a yet to be named opponent.

For those unfamiliar with Golovkin, he is a soon-to-be 37-year-old middleweight, who had roughly 345 wins in the amateurs with only a handful of losses. Golovkin’s success lead him to the 2004 Olympic Games in which he picked up a silver medal.

Golovkin turned professional in 2006 spending the first four years of his professional career in Germany being built up. In 2010, Golovkin won the WBA middleweight world title over Milton Nunez, a belt he would go on to make sixteen defenses of, over eight years.

In 2012, Golovkin made his HBO debut fighting Grzegorz Proksa in Verona, New York, winning by a devastating fifth-round knockout. Golovkin’s next few years were confusing as he was the best middleweight in the world, but whether guys purposely avoided his division or the division was shallow will be hotly debated as he made mandatory defense after mandatory defense, often against prospects or fighters we knew little about.

My thoughts on Golovkin.

Golovkin beat veteran Gabriel Rosado, Curtis Stevens, Matthew Macklin, Daniel Geale, Martin Murray and Willie Monroe Jr. over the course of three years with others thrown in for good measure. The resume of foes was quality, but nothing ever felt as though the verdict was in jeopardy as though they were title fights, they felt more like stay busy bouts. In short, Golovkin stayed extremely active defending his world title against fighters, who were world-class, but a level below him.

In 2015, HBO tried to put Golovkin on pay-per-view against David Lemieux, but it didn’t quite work. Golovkin’s live gate numbers continued to rocket, but it felt as rushed as when Terence Crawford was thrown on pay-per-view against Viktor Postol. Golovkin would win the bout, take a tune-up world title defense over Dominic Wade and face welterweight Kell Brook, who moved up two weight classes to face him in the U.K.

After beating, Brook we enter Golovkin’s third act — Jacobs and Canelo. Golovkin secured his legacy as a great by defeating Daniel Jacobs in a very close fight as well as getting robbed against Canelo Alvarez in September of 2017.

Golovkin would beat Vanes Martirosyan after Canelo Alvarez failed a drug test in 2018 for a fight on Cinco de Mayo, and later lose to Alvarez in September. Later that month, HBO left boxing, and Golovkin was now in need of a network to broadcast his fights.

Golovkin is a violent power-puncher, who at his best reminded people of “Iron” Mike Tyson, but at his worst, looked to be a bit of fabrication from staying very active and facing overmatched competition for the majority of his career. To be fair, Golovkin was avoided in his prime, but still the truth is in the middle.

As 2019 really starts to get going, one of the most mythic sparring partners ever, Gennady Golovkin, will head to DAZN for the final act of his career.

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Lukie Ketelle

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