By: Sean Cross
“It’s hard to deny that Golovkin is no longer seen as the main man in the ring.”
The above words were written after last weekend’s third Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight. After fighting Serhiy Derevyanchenko in underwhelming fashion in 2008, Golovkin They are written by me in 2019. After being completely dominated by Canelo on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, it finally became clear to everyone that the long-standing rumors were true, that Golovkin, once the most feared participant in all of professional boxing, the man who went by the name “Triple G” He was not the warrior he was.
Not only was Canelo the faster and stronger of the two men on Saturday, but Golovkin seemed genuinely hesitant to engage. That was a sight no one had ever seen from a Kazakh lion. Although not the appearance of a frightened man, it was the appearance of a man whose body could not perform as his mind desired. It was a look that many boxing fans have seen over and over again on the faces of seemingly countless ring veterans. Although it was good to see Canelo get a much-deserved, dominant victory last weekend — before being too kind to his old foe Golovkin — it’s always a little sad to see a great fighter fall from the heights.
However, failure may be a long time coming for Golovkin. In the year “Some may argue,” I wrote in 2019, that “Golovkin’s hard-earned, impressive Jacobs win over[Daniels]on a long winter’s night is the first indication that the Kazakh fighter is showing signs of slipping.” Certainly, Jacobs has given Golovkin all kinds of problems going into 2017. Myself and some of the people in the press box that night felt that Jacob had done enough to win. The judges saw something else, but Golovkin didn’t do what the fans were used to on that cold March night. He didn’t wipe the floor with his opponent.
A lot of that had to do with Jacobs, of course, himself a world-class fighter willing to rise to the occasion. Still, it was hard to shake the feeling that the great Three G’s best days were behind him. This was six months before his first fight with Canelo. Golovkin was 34 years old when he stepped between the ropes Saturday night in Vegas, two years older than Canelo. Golovkin’s performance in Saturday’s rubber match is as impressive as his forty-year-old performance against the likes of Canelo.