Today a fight will take place in London, England. This fight has the potential to shake up the pound-for-pound rankings amongst boxing’s elite.
The middleweight (160lb) champion Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, also known as “Triple G” is probably in the top five of the pound for pound (aka P4P) fighters in the world.
Such a list varies depending on one’s taste and qualification. What is the criteria to make the pound for pound list you may be wondering? This is also debatable. What I consider to be criteria for making the P4P list is a consistent winner. A fighter who has fought and basically dominated everyone in his division, sometimes even moving up a weight division or two and dominating.
Golovkin, who hails from Kazakhstan, is one of those dominant fighters and deserves to be on that list. With a record of 35-0 and 32KO’s, Golovkin has been in the top five P4P fighters for quite some time but, due to not having a big name opponent, he has not quite been able to make it to the top of that list. Over the past two years there have been rumors and conversations about Triple G and fellow P4P’er Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, jr. middleweight (154lb) king meeting in the ring, but much like so many 21st century fights, they talk, and create hype and draw all types of hypotheticals. Then nothing happens.
What usually happens when big name fighters from different weight divisions discuss a potential fight they try to agree on a catch weight – or a middle ground where the lighter fighter doesn’t need to gain too much weight and the heavier fighter doesn’t have to lose too much. Apparently the two camps could not agree on a catch weight.
Golovkin will be defending his middleweight titles against current welterweight (147lb) champion Kell Brook. Brook, who hails from England and boasts a record of 36-0 and 25 KO’s, has decided to move up not one, but two divisions to take on a hefty task of dethroning a champion that has, thus far, appeared to be unbreakable. Kell Brook is an England based fighter and is relatively unknown in the United States. However, he boxes extremely well and has a chance to out-point Golovkin for an upset. Brook is a 4-1 underdog and I’ve read as many as 80-1 in some forums. Both fighters weighed in just under the middleweight limit of 160 pounds and it should be a good fight.
The fight will take place in England and will air on HBO at 5:30pm EST. I’m looking forward to watching this matchup. It’s always exciting to see two undefeated fighters meet to determine who will come out on top. We want to hear from you. Who do think will win this fight?