In less than three years, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin has effortlessly fixed himself at the top of the middleweight title picture.
Golovkin, 32, is coming off victories over top-twenty ranked opponents: Matthew Macklin, Osumanu Adama, and Curtis Stevens. His latest win saw him best Adama, who, despite fighting with will, found no way to hold off Golovkin's hard-charging attack.
The fights have become more and more routine. Some of his opponents, such as Adama, Stevens, Kassim Ouma, and Gabriel Rosado, have been able to claw their way through the early beating, but are forced into submission as GGG's punches continue to wobble and scurry them from bell to bell.
The patterns are becoming nearly as perfunctory for the fans as they have for Golovkin. When a knockout doesn't take your breath away and a beat down is the usual drill, you're observing at a special fighter -- an animal in its kingdom.
You're welcomed for the ride. Golovkin just turned 32 this month and is looking to face the best, including fellow 160lb titleholders. However, getting the fights he deserves might be a more complicated task than you might be hoping
Lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, inching towards forty years of age, has lingering injuries and might not continue fighting for a long period of time. Plus, he's currently organizing a fight with Miguel Cotto for June; which would be Martinez's first in fourteen months.
Felix Sturm recently recaptured a title with a second round finish over Darren Barker, who, sadly, suffered a hip injury in this fight which caused him to retire soon after taking the loss. Golovkin was once the mandatory challenger for Sturm, who pretty much ignored the obligation.
Finally, Sturm was defeated by Daniel Geale, who never agreed to fight Golovkin either. Geale was stripped, and justice was finally served for the Kazakh champ, who was no longer made to wait around as an interim champion.
One can assume that Martinez, Sturm, and Geale will not box Golovkin. Under these circumstances, opponents like rugged Briton Martin Murray and Peter Quillin would be felicitous. The problem? Murray and Golovkin were rumored to fight in Monte Carlo. In fact, Osumanu Adama was the "second choice" for GGG's latest outing.
Since they couldn't work out terms for this fight, who says they'll ever be capable of doing just that? Murray almost defeated Sergio Martinez in April of last year, but has only competed in minor domestic fights since that time. His future is about as hazy as Golovkin's is.
Oh, I almost forgot about "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin. Quillin is a well-conditioned, extremely-dangerous middleweight titleholder. Like Murray, he'd provide GGG with his most difficult fight to date.
The fine print strikes again.
Quillin is signed with Golden Boy Promotions, which isolates their top fighters to Showtime, and no longer broadcasts on HBO since moving to their primary competitors. HBO has televised four of GGG's fights -- every single one in the United States. That is a major concern in this business.
Who will Golovkin fight? It is still unknown. But it is safe to say that Golovkin will aim high for his remaining fight(s) in 2014.