The Kazakh unified Middleweight IBF, WBC & WBA Knockout king is the most avoided, and ironically called out fighter at the moment in world boxing. No one below him or in his division fancy the fight, but everyone above him fancies a catch weight bout to try and prove themselves to be better than one of boxing’s current pound for pound contenders.
The next on a long list of fighters to call out Gennady Golovkin is Super Middleweight three time world challenger George Groves. Tonight Groves takes on Eduard Gutknecht in the Wembley Arena for the WBA International Super Middleweight Title and Groves will come in at a 1/25 favourite with the bookies. Groves has challenged three times for a world championship belt, two famous fights with Carl Froch, ending both in a knockout, and loosing on points to Badou Jack.
Its not certain whether groves can still make 168lbs quite comfortably as he often looks big for the weight and often seems to run out of gas in the later stages of his fights, bringing confusion as to what kind of catch weight a big Super Middleweight thinks he can face quite a small Middleweight. Since taking on Shane McGuigan as his coach, Groves feels he has a new lease of life and has developed a better approach to boxing and has regained all the confidence he lost prior to his time out from the sport.
The chance of this fight being made is pretty slim, if Golovkin was going to move up to Super Middleweight, I cant see him fighting someone like Groves who has nothing to bring to the table yet in regards to belts. This week there has also been a lot of media speculation with Froch and Golovkin going at each other on social media but that fight seems almost certain its not happening.
The reason Groves is trying to mention Golovkin’s name is that tonight he faces one of a handful of people that have ever beaten Golovkin in the amateurs and I can see tonight once he has dispatched of Gutknecht he will probably take to the microphone to call him out. Its wishful thinking from a guy who’s career is just starting to rebuild, and at the level of opposition hes been in against since his return, he needs to hold his horses.