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Gennady Golovkin: Should he 'act' more vulnerable in the ring?

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Middleweight title-holder Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO) is undoubtedly one of the most avoided fighters in the last 30 years.


He annihilates quality contenders and shows few, if any, vulnerabilities in the process.

After Gennady's four minute and nineteen second drubbing of durable thoroughbred Marco Antonio Rubio last fall, fight legend Roy Jones Jr commented:

"This don't make it attractive for [potential opponents] because this guy [Golovkin] looks like a monster, a killing machine."

"Gennady Golovkin is like a young middleweight Mike Tyson. He's a guy who just destroys who they put in front of him."

"So these guys [elite potential opponents with much to lose] aren't going to be knocking on his door to get in the ring in front of Gennady Golovkin
believe me."

Roy is exactly right.

Earlier this week, Gaby Penagaricano, adviser to lineal champion Miguel Cotto, sent a strong message to Team Golovkin and the fans by saying, "There are a few bigger fights [for Cotto] than a fight with Golovkin."

And while Roy likened Golovkin to Tyson, the fighters couldn't be more different is one very important area. Everyone wanted a piece of 'Iron Mike' back in the day, despite Tyson's feared punching power and ring prowess.

A prime (and even pre-prime) Mike Tyson was far more popular than Gennady is today so the risk vs reward factor was reduced for fighting Mike. From 1986 onward, when someone faced Tyson, he 1) was paid handsomely and 2) knew a strong showing, even in defeat against the killer heavyweight, would do wonders for his career.

At this moment, future opponents of Gennady Golovkin don't have either luxury so what is 'GGG' to do?

As ridiculous as it may seem, should Gennady attempt to 'tone it down' in the ring in an effort to bait elite level opponents such as Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Andre Ward, Erislandy Lara, Peter Quillin, Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez?

What if he carries his next opponent, Martin Murray, for several rounds instead of 'going for the jugular' so fast?

Although certainly not advisable and potentially dangerous, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Should Golovkin treat the first six or seven rounds with Murray like a friendly session of sparring? Maybe, just maybe, an elite-level opponent will say, "I think I can beat this guy."

"Let's make it happen."

Golovkin vs Rubio pulverizing highlights below (51 sec)

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