Gennady Golovkin: Is GGG past his prime?Written by Lee Cleveland
Three months ahead of his showdown with Daniel Jacobs, consensus middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin is receiving stiff criticism from a retired fight legend.
"He's getting older now," Carl Froch told BoxingScene.com and FightHype.com.
"I remember what it's like to be 35. I was at the end of my career. I retired just before I was 37, because I was feeling the recovery and feeling the pace."
"Golovkin, his best years may be behind him."
At 36-0 with 33 KOs and 20 plus consecutive knockouts, is Gennady Golovkin, who turns 35 in April, past his prime?
Answer: Thus far, there's nothing to indicate such. It's pure conjecture on Froch's part. Just because he felt spent at 35 doesn't mean every fighter will.
Who cares if he's 35 or 95? Gennady Golovkin has steamrolled the competition and has yet to allow an opponent to really test him. A fighter's performances, not age, should be the ultimate determinant in assessing where he is in his career.
GGG, a heavy favorite to defeat WBA champ Daniel Jacobs who is 32-1 with 29 knockouts, was, however, uncharacteristically touched-up in his most recent encounter with welterweight champion Kell Brook, leaving some to believe GGG has lost a proverbial step.
"Kell Brook hit him with a lot of shots," Froch added.
"He gets hit and he gets caught. There are only so many shots that you can take from these top fighters. I don't know, his best years are behind him in my opinion."
Truth be told, Kell Brook entered that bout as arguably a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter and is probably the best opponent Golovkin has faced to date, despite his size.
Moreover, as an elite welterweight, Brook is smaller and naturally quicker than elite middleweights, including GGG. And yes, welterweights are generally faster than middleweights just as middleweights are generally faster than light heavyweights.
In addition, Gennady will roll and parry punches to avoid getting hit flush even though, to the casual eye, it appears he's getting tagged cleanly.
But even if you're an elite light heavyweight like Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, there would certainly be no shame in having to eat a few combinations from a much faster, slicker welterweight like Kell Brook. There's no discrediting a fighter because he gets tagged by Kell Brook.
Is Froch, a great warrior in his own right, a little envious of Golovkin?
Perhaps we'll find out in April if Carl's assessment is valid?
Golovkin vs Brook highlights
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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