The Golden Boy Who Cried Wolf

Bill Lonergan

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The Gennady Golovkin runaway freight train just about remained on the tracks in March after the Kazakh’s rather unusual and narrow victory over Danny Jacobs. Though Jacobs, an awkward fighter, was always expected to provide Golovkin with a different challenge, no one could have anticipated the New Yorker having a live chance going into the 12th round. Perhaps Gennady had one eye on his long targets at Golden Boy Promotions.

Gennady Golovkin (r) struggled with the awkward Daniel Jacobs. His focus remains on Canelo Alvarez. (photo courtesy of boxingscene.com)

As the dust settled, hyperbolists chose to shout down Golovkin as being overhyped. further, they said his undefeated record was a result of facing a bunch of nobody bums. Now, while GGG’s roll-call of vanquished isn;t quite the middleweight division of the 80s, there are still some decent fighters in there. Moreover, Jacobs was the first man to go the distance against Golovkin since the simpler times of the George Bush administration.

Still, undefeated streak and title belts still intact, thoughts immediately turned to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, the prized possession of Golden Boy Promotions. GBM is run by Oscar de la Hoya, the so-called ‘Golden Boy’, an all-time superstar boxer turned hypocritical, slimy promoter.

Golovkin pursuit of Alvarez

Golovkin has chased a fight with Alvarez relentlessly for the last two years only to be thwarted initially by the Mexican star, and now latterly by the silver-tongued, de la Hoya. The charasmatic Kazakh, who does not earn near as much as Alvarez despite being the holder of three world titles, knows at 35 that time is not on his side. De la Hoya, though, has often made out as if Golovkin is dodging Alvarez but the Kazakh has yet to suggest that fear of a fight has ever crept into his psyche.

Alvarez, despite holding a sum total of zero belts, is set to make a reported $25 million from his upcoming Cinco de Mayo clash with Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. This is ten times Golovkin’s purse from the recent Jacobs fight. It’s all about who you’re with and where you’re from in boxing. So, you can see how the young Mexican isn’t forcing the showdown with GGG. Golovkin, on the other hand, wants to silence the doubters while more importantly profiting from the financial draw an Alvarez fight card brings. However, based on the past performances of team Golden Boy there is no guarantee that Golovkin won’t be forced to jump through another series of imaginary hoops.

Lying De La Hoya

On the basis of De La Hoya’s sidestepping and….. lying, Golovkin considered a fight of his own in June. A rematch with Jacobs or a one-sided contest with WBO middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders were rumoured to be possibilities. De La Hoya has claimed that Golovkin is putting the super fight with Alvarez at risk but given the lack of certainty surrounding the contest, Golovkin is completely validated in finding a payday in the interim. De La Hoya throwing his toys out of the pram, in that case, was nothing new.

Too often Oscar De La Hoya has spoken out of numerous orifices at the same time. As a result, Gennady Golovkin and his team should be wary of any assurances until the dotted line is signed.

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Bill Lonergan