There are an alarming amount of boxing fans and media pundits who are unfairly critical regarding boxing’s new transcending sensation Gennady Golovkin. They say he’s beating bums, avoiding Andre Ward, and he’s way overrated. But it’s all sour-graping nonsense. Gennady Golovkin is indeed one of the most amazing and supremely talented super fighters to hit the sport in the history of prizefighting, there is no doubt about that. Gennady Golovkin is so extraordinarily spectacular that all of the best fighters in his weight region are behaving as if they KNOW they have zero chance to even survive ten rounds with him. Floyd Mayweather has shown zero interest to accept Golovkin’s challenge to fight at 154, instead bluff offering that he would fight GGG at 147 even though he’s fought a couple of times and held a title at junior middleweight. What Floyd is doing is called “bidding yourself out of a fight you don’t want. ” Saul Alvarez, Peter Quillin and Miguel Cotto, the other prominent champions who would be high profile opponents for Golovkin, have all expressed various excuses and reasons to avoid a fight with GGG. Sergio Martinez is retired now and he too had several chances but repeatedly declined to fight Golovkin. Obviously, these illustrious and accomplished fighters know and can see clearly that Gennady Golovkin is on a different level than they are and they wisely do not want to suffer the guaranteed and likely brutal, health-compromising loss. So Golovkin continues his world domination tour against the few challengers in the middleweight division who possess the sufficient amount of courage to step up and give it their best shot. And despite the frustrations and testing of his patience, Golovkin is still thriving in an electrifying fashion and creating a growing fanbase from what really are mediocre fights – just imagine how he’d perform if he felt threatened and if the stakes were higher — big superfight conditions and atmosphere would surely inspire his best boxing performances – just remember the old Angelo Dundee adage: “Great fighters have trouble getting up for mediocre fights. ”
Mike Tyson, and most recently Manny Pacquiao, were the latest spectacular superstars to electrify the sport. Tyson was a wrecking machine – he awed and captivated the world by destroying the heavyweight division, making it look considerably weaker than it really was. Tyson’s skillset and talents were unmistakably obvious, as are Golovkin’s. Their movements, speed, variety of punches, ring generalship, flow, rhythm, ring command, and confidence are surreal – they make this brutal sport looks astonishingly easy and simple. Certain great fighters can show it all in just one or any fight – they have a certain magic and genius that nobody else does. And you can tell in a few minutes that this super champion you are looking at is something very special. In a way, Golovkin is even more fearsome and intimidating than even Tyson was, which is one helluva compliment, if you remember how Tyson so violently yet also elegantly rampaged the sport during his heyday years. When the prime Iron Mike Tyson was dominating in the 1980s, he had no trouble finding opponents, the aging Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Trevor Berbick, Bonecrusher Smith, James Tillis, Marvis Frazier all thought they had the goods to handle Tyson and all of them gave it their best shot. The biggest names today – Mayweather, Cotto, Alvarez – all have absolutely no intentions of facing Golovkin, instead they all want to compete against less dangerous opposition. This comparison of Tyson and Golovkin’s impact on their divisions tells you unequivocally that Golovkin is very, very special, and quite possibly a once in a decade or half-century type of super champion. So when the media tells you they need to see more from Golovkin, or Bernard Hopkins says GGG is vulnerable to right hands, or fans post on social media that GGG is only looking so good because he’s been beating cab drivers and dog catchers, remind yourself this: That as great as Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Henry Armstrong, and Tyson were, none (according to all the history books I’ve read) NONE of their top challengers ever openly ducked a shot and payday to fight them – as the leading fighters are repeatedly doing today to avoid competing against this remarkable ring marvel named Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan. Die damit verbundene sesshaftwerdung des menschen ist die voraussetzung für die entstehung der frühen hochkulturen in mesopotamien, ägypten, indien, china, alt-amerika und alt-afrika. –By Scoop Malinowski
Scoop Malinowski’s book “Muhammad Ali: Portrait of a Champion” is available at amazon for $9. 99. Golovkin vs Lemieux Photo by Wojciech Kubik.