IBF and IBO world middleweight king Gennady Golovkin finds himself once again waiting for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to bestow a third meeting between the pair upon him at a time and under circumstances that suit the Mexican Idol. Now a resident of Los Angeles, California, Golovkin has to keep himself busy and relevant as his side of the bargain, and then the pair will meet, perhaps in May 2021 (pandemic allowing) to settle their rivalry in a huge trilogy match.
Golovkin meets Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta (21-0-0, 5 Ko’s) at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, a stone’s throw from Los Angeles, in defence of his titles on Friday 18th December. The fight will be streamed live by DAZN.
The 31-year-old Szeremata looks a decent European level fighter but he will find this assignment tougher in every sense compared to his previous experiences. Eighteen of the 21 bouts in his career thus far have taken place on home soil so, the resident of Bialystok, Poland isn’t even a well-travelled fighter unlike “GGG” who has fought all over the world during his 14 years as a professional (40-1-1, 35 Ko’s).
Of course, Golovkin can also boast a 345-5 amateur record that included Olympic silver and world championship gold medals. Szeremeta had 16 amateur bouts and won half of them so, the gulf in experience is enormous. But can age and freshness be a factor?
Older fighters are always living under a time limit. At some stage they will enter the ring to perform as they always have but, the speed, timing, balance or all of the above will fail them, that’s just father time catching up with them as it does with all of us. Some observers will tell you that they have already seen the signs that the Kazakh superstar is slipping, his title-winning effort against Sergiy Derevyanchenko was the sort of draining battle that we are not used to seeing from GGG.
Perhaps this is a fight that has come along at the right time for Golovkin, he needs to get back to the sort of big-hitting, knockout performances that we became accustomed to in the past so that the Canelo trilogy fight can get made and their rivalry settled once and for all.
Prediction: Golovkin to win by stoppage in 5-7 rounds.