Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin is having the time of his life. Fans are engorged with hype and excitement as he begins a historic WBA/IBO world title reign and takes the place of Sergio Martinez — who is soon expected to bow out of the sport.
Every opponent Golovkin faces backs down after tasting just a bit of his extraordinary power. After a promotionally-inflating body shot halting of Matthew Macklin, Gennady has many offers ahead. Who would be best for Golovkin? Here we will review the many options available to him.
1. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (51-2-2 28 KO’s)
Gennady Golovkin may be the next great Middleweight. Stacking up to Martinez his legacy isn’t such an establishment. In fighting past Kelly Pavlik, Martinez, 38, is the lineal champion. Beating Martinez would bust him into the pound-for-pound rankings and ensure him a #1 rank at Middleweight. Martinez will be out through next year with a knee injury which received surgery recently and must fully heal.
2. Daniel Geale (29-1-0 15 KO’s) (Pending Barker win)
Geale, a strong, overpowering IBF titleholder is coming off wins to Felix Sturm, Sebastian Sylvester and Anthony Mundine to extend his run into the top five of the Middleweight division. He must keep aware of his next opponent, Briton Darren Barker. This will be Geale’s US debut. Seeing as this fight will be broadcast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark — I am sure HBO would give a thumbs up to a Golovkin-Geale fight if the Aussie looks impressive.
3. Martin Murray (25-1-1 11 KO’s)
This St. Helen’s Middleweight contender fought hard in a draw with Felix Sturm and floored Sergio Martinez en route to a tight loss on cards. HBO showed serious interest in televising his next fight after the Martinez scrap. Why not?
4. Peter Quillin (29-0-0 21 KO’s)
Quillin is a dangerous man. The undefeated Cuban-American Brooklyner has scary power for such a profane boxer. With that said: there are many loose gaps which Gennady Golovkin could take advantage of and score a win.
5. Carl Froch (31-2-0 22 KO’s)
This fight with ignite like a flame. The only reason I’d like to wait until Golovkin takes a couple more fights is I am unsure if he is prepared to take on an iron chinned puncher like Froch at the moment.
6. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-1-0 17 KO’s)
Before the Morrocin born Frenchman was tagged with his first loss to Peter Quillin — this fight was in very high demand. N’Dam is a quick and slippery boxer with a high workrate, a big heart and a stiff jab. He’d be an interesting pick for Gennady Golovkin.
7. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (46-1-1 32 KO’s)
This Mexican boxing prodigy needs to get his weight back in order and his career back on track. If all goes well in his September fight against Brian Vera — Chavez would be a fun option at 160 or 168lbs.
8. Mikkel Kessler (46-3-0 25 KO’s)
A former world champion and quality opponent out of Denmark for a Super Middleweight fight.
9. Sakio Bika (32-5-2 21 KO’s)
A brash Cameroonian-Australian in Sakio Bika will refuse to back down from anyone. Bika’s durability is out of this world.
10. Marco Antonio Rubio (57-6-1 49 KO’s)
Rubio hasn’t aged like a moldy block of cheese — more like a fine wine. He’s learned to sit down on his punches, let the right hand go, and avoid getting his back by his opponents. He’d make the Golovkin fight his fight.
11. Caleb Truax (22-1-0 13 KO’s)
Truax won’t beat Golovkin. “Golden” Caleb has proven his worth, though. He beat up Chicago’s fringe contender Don George in six rounds in his last fight. Traux has improved fight by fight and could makes a fun fight verses “GGG”.
12. Sergio Mora (24-3-2 7 KO’s)
A light hitting boxer with a sting in his shots. Mora is coming off a win to Grzegorz Proksa on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. He’s as ready as ever for a Gennady Golovkin fight.