By Brian Webber: Gennadiy Golovkin will reportedly be ordered to defend his IBF middleweight title against his opponent Esquiva Falcao.
The 40-year-old Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) has a big decision to make or retain the IBF title, as he has already been ordered to fight the WBA champion Erislandy Lara.
The 2012 Olympic silver medalist Falcao (30-0, 20 KOs) will be a tough out for the aging Golovkin at this stage in his career, and there is a good possibility that he will lose to the Brazilian.
Golovkin needs to decide which of his two titles he wants to hold, if any, because these fights are not easy for him, and they won’t bring in the huge amount of money he usually gets with his DAZN contract.
If Golovkin relinquishes the IBF & WBA 160-lb titles, his problems will be over because he can choose to fight anyone he wants without the burden of needing to defend the belt.
For Golovkin, it’s the only choice he has to make because even if he retains his IBF/WBA title, the boxing public doesn’t want to see him fight the 39-year-old Lara or the unknown Falcao. .
Golovkin can maximize his remaining fighting time by vacating his IBF & WBA belts and facing WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo or Chris Eubank Jr.
Those will be fights that will give Golovkin good paydays, and even if he loses, at least he will be beaten by the best fighters that the boxing world knows.
Golovkin looked completely shot in his loss to Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas. In this fight, Golovkin looked slow and afraid to pull his punches in the first eight rounds.
It wasn’t until Canelo got tired of the championship that Golovkin started throwing shots, but he still looked very slow and not the fighter he was when he started his career.
It’s surprising that Golovkin didn’t retire after losing to Canelo because there’s nothing for him at 160 besides a fight with Jermall Charlo, which he probably wouldn’t dare take because of the possibility of getting hurt. .
If Golovkin doesn’t retire, the most interesting fight will be for him to face undefeated WBC middleweight champion David Benavidez.