Gennady Golovkin returned to the square circle on June 9 (AEST). Battling it out at the Madison Square Garden in New York City the star from Kazakhstan faced Canadian Steve Rolls. The pair of middleweights squared off in the scheduled for twelve rounds bout with no title on the line.
The bout ended before the final bell. “Triple G” stopped his opponent at 2 minutes and 9 seconds of the fourth-round. Although it was Golovkin’s first non-title bout since 2010, he updated his record to 39-1-1, 35 KO, and returned on the winning path. Rolls was defeated for the first time in his professional boxing career dropping to 19-1.
In his previous bout, which was nine months back, Golovkin suffered a majority decision defeat against Canelo Alvarez, as well as lost his middleweight titles. The contest was their second encounter following a controversial draw pronounced a year earlier.
The third battle between “GGG” and “Canelo” was (and still is) in talks. Yet, this past May the latter fought and defeated Daniel Jacobs by a unanimous decision to unify middleweight championship.
Golovkin is now also signed with DAZN. He is expecting (wanting) to face Alvarez in September.
Talking who his next opponent should be Golovkin said that “everybody knows”. He has also promised “the big dram show” to be back.
“The fans know who they want me to fight next. I’m ready for September. I’m ready for Canelo, Golovkin said post-fight (via ESPN). “Just bring him, just ask him. I’m ready. If you want big drama show, please tell him. I’m ready to bring back the big drama show.”