Gennady Golovkin: Undefeated, What’s Next?

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What Happened Last Weekend?

First let’s recap the latest happenings.  In case you missed it over the weekend, once again, Gennady Golovkin made quick work of an opponent.  Marco Antonio Rubio, a noted heavy hitter and a solid career record was knocked out in the second round.  A powerful uppercut, followed by a devastating hook, ended the evening.  If you blinked, got up to get a drink, or turned to talk to a friend, you probably missed it.  Never mind the fact that trainer Robert Garcia habitually has fighters come in overweight, and Rubio was no different, Rubio flat out looked like he didn’t belong.  Golovkin, always the aggressor, worked quickly against Rubio, as usual, he cut the ring off and made solid contact.  Rubio looked disinterested, you could argue that the ref started the 10-count quickly but it wouldn’t have made a difference, he was outmatched and outclassed.  It’s clear that Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO’s, 18 straight KO’s) can handle the guys that aren’t in his league and it isn’t even close.  The challenge now is finding a capable fighter willing to face him.

Golovkin is quietly becoming a star in the sport.  He’s not your typical fighter, he doesn’t run his mouth a lot, he lights up the room when he enters, he loves what he’s doing and he doesn’t feel that he has to cut down his opponent to raise himself up or build hype for a fight.  He lets his hands do the talking and if you listen, they have a lot to say.  It’s not far-fetched that a Golovkin vs. “enter big name here” match would draw huge PPV numbers.  Many refer to Golovkin as a modern day Mike Tyson for his punching ability. Combine that with his personality and it’s hard not to root for him, not only when he’s in the ring, but to root for him when he’s trying to line up his next fight.

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Who Will He Fight Next?

Golovkin has already said he plans to fight four fights per year for the next two years.  This is fantastic news, if you like action fights, because that is exactly what Golovkin is going to give to you.  The big question though is, will a name fighter give him the fight he deserves? The short answer is, yes, in fact, the benefit to the Rubio fight was that Golovkin is now the WBC middleweight title holder.  Why is this good news? Miguel Cotto, who Golovkin has routinely called out for a fight, is now ordered to a mandatory fight with Golovkin.  The one downside to this is that Cotto has been granted a voluntary defense first.  That fight will likely be against Canelo Alvarez in May. That will cause a little bit of delay on that fight that should be eyed for September 2015.  Of course, should Alvarez defeat Cotto, which could very well happen, Golovkin would be lined up with Alvarez.

Still, we have already noted that Golovkin wishes to fight 4 times next year and with the Cotto/Alvarez fight likely being targeted for September or maybe even December, Golovkin wants to be on the same schedule as them.  This means that we will see him fight in February and May.  The question is, who will those fights be against?

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Many big names have been tossed around and Golovkin is doing his best to take the excuses away from potential opponents.  Golovkin has said that he is willing to go up or down in weight for opponents.  Let’s start there, 168 pound Super Middleweight titleholder, Carl Froch, was offered a fight in his own backyard of England. Froch’s camp offered little help to K2 promoter, Tom Loeffler, saying that they could make the fight down the road, so, no initial interest in fighting Golovkin.  Again, a promising outlook, it just doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon.

Julio Caesar Chavez Jr., also a Super Middleweight, was offered $7 Million to fight Golovkin, but he declined, and frankly, if Chavez Jr. is unwilling to accept $7 Million to fight Golovkin, it seems unlikely that this fight would ever take place.

Peter Quillin, also 31-0, appears to be very much interested in fighting either Danny Jacobs or Golovkin at 160 pounds (Golovkin’s current weight class). In fact, Quillin recently gave up a $1.4 Million payday to fight mandatory middleweight contender Matt Korobov.  It seems likely that he will fight Jacobs by the end of the year and Golovkin is definitely on his radar.  If Quillin were to defeat Jacobs in a December fight could it be possible for a May bout between the two?

Of course, these days, there is one boxer that everyone wants a piece of.  This would require Golovkin to move down in weight to 154 pounds and for Floyd “Money” Mayweather to move up to 154 pounds.  Golovkin has made it clear he would have no problem making that weight, Mayweather wouldn’t be worried about making weight, but not in a good way.  The main reason you see so many catch weights for Mayweather fights is because Mayweather is about at his max on a good fighting weight.  It wouldn’t make much since for him to go up to 154.  This would be a huge payday for both men but don’t look for this fight to happen.  Mayweather hasn’t exactly sought out the best fighters on a consistent basis and Golovkin would likely be the biggest threat to the Mayweather legacy.

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For now, it appears that the next likely bout for Golovkin is relative unknown, Martin Murray (28-1-1 12 KO’s). First, though, he needs to get past Domenico Spada this Saturday.  The interesting thing, though, is that Murray has said he still isn’t sure of his next move even though most signs point towards Golovkin in February. While he has a good record, Murray will likely struggle with Golovkin, he keeps his gloves high and tends to leave the body open and Golovkin is not afraid to work the body before going for the knockout.

Even though we expect it to be Murray for the next fight, that likely won’t be decided for a few more weeks.  The promising news, is that Golovkin might finally be allowed to let his star shine, we may just have to wait for another year before it happens.

Sergey Kovalev vs Bernard Hopkins: Unification Fight in November

Sergey Kovalev’s knockout of Blake Caparello means his highly anticipated unification fight with Bernard Hopkins will come to fruition after all. Kovalev had to retain his world title in order for the fight to happen and with that box successfully ticked, one of the biggest fights of the year will now take place.

Against the Australian Caparello, Kovalev felt the extra pressure of what was on the line and started off a bit shaky but quickly got into the groove, knocking out Caparello in the second round. Kovalev now moves to 25-0-1 with 23 KOs and will start preparing for the fight of his life.

The fight that will unify three belts will take place somewhere in New York in November. The almost 50 year old Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), who now refers to himself as The Alien, currently holds the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight titles while Kovalev has possession of the WBO title.

The biggest factor in the fight will be the almost 20 years that Hopkins has on Kovalev. Physically, they are very similar. The Russian boxer known as Krusher is 6 feet and has a reach of 72.5 inches. At 6”1, Hopkins’ reach of 75 inches isn’t enough of a difference to give him a significant advantage.

What Hopkins undoubtedly has going for him is experience. He began fighting in 1998 and since then has fought the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Jermain Taylor, and Joe Calzaghe.

Kovalev only began fighting in 2009, and even though he has never lost a fight, he hasn’t fought opponents with the same pedigree as Hopkins’ challengers.

Hopkins lost to Chad Dawson in 2012, but he has since rebounded by winning his last three fights. These were against Tavoris Cloud, Karo Murat, and Beibut Shumenov. All three of these fighters are around the same age as Kovalev, so despite him almost being 50 years old, Hopkins’ still got it.

Just like the last three, Kovalev will have to fight off the urge to be intimidated by the aura of Hopkins and fight the boxer that Hopkins has become rather than the legend. Dawson and Calzaghe had success against Hopkins because they stripped away all of the hype and hyperbole and just focused on the person in the ring with them.

What happens in this fight remains to be seen, but what is for sure is that it will be a fantastic spectacle where history will be made.

Golovkin vs Cotto – Can it happen?

Last week we wrote about Miguel Cotto and the speculation regarding his next opponent. Following Gennady Golovkin’s impressive dismantling of Daniel Geale last weekend, everyone has been putting two and two together and guessing that it will be Golovkin taking on Cotto. A neat fit yes, but will it fit it with the plans of both boxers? Do both of them want to take on the other at this point in time?

Make no mistake, if it somehow were it to happen and go ahead, this would be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) fights of 2014.

The win against Geale took Golovkin to 30-0 with 27 total knockouts and an astounding 17 in a row.  Golovkin’s 90% KO rate is the best among active boxers. Many pundits felt Geale would take Golovkin the distance. We ourselves predicted it to go 10, but the Australian was simply outclassed. Golovkin hasn’t gone the full length since 2008.

Following the Madison Square Garden fight, Golovkin himself brought up the subject of fighting Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) saying he wants to be the best middleweight fighter in the world.

Golovkin against Cotto would be a great fight and it would prove extremely lucrative to both fighters, the question is if it can actually happen and happen in 2014? There would certainly be tremendous upside to the winner but the risk of losing it could outweigh the upside.

Golovkin is 32 and Cotto is 33, so they are pretty close in terms of age. At 5”11, the 5”7 Cotto would be conceding four inches to GGG.

In Cotto’s favor could be the fact that Golovkin hasn’t faced the same quality of opponent. Cotto is one of the few fighters to have fought both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Cotto may want to bypass Golovkin in order to use his end of year fight as a springboard to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May 2015.

If this is the case, Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs, 1 NC) could be possibilities for Golovkin. He could also find himself up against Sergio Mora (26-3-2, 9 KOs) or Australian Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs, 1 NC). None of these fighters are the same caliber as Cotto, but like Pacquiao against Mayweather, Golovkin against Cotto could turn out to be one fight that fans will have to dream about.

Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto – A Tale of Two Fighters

The victor gets the spoils and this is definitely the case in boxing. One need not look any further than the aftermath of the June 7 Sergio Martinez – Miguel Cotto fight.

Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) was knocked down three times in the first round and couldn’t recover. The aging knees of 39 year old could take no more and the Argentinian had to say goodbye to his Ring, Lineal and WBC Middleweight titles.

He isn’t throwing in the towel yet and recently said he wants to regain a world title. He has a strong spirit which is something we always knew about Maravilla, the issue is how able his body is.

Against Cotto he suffered concussion and has been dealing with hand and knee injuries for a while. The reality is that he may never truly be 100% injury free again. If he continues fighting, he will have to choose his future bouts very carefully.

As for Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), he has similar but different decisions to contend with. He also has to decide who his next fight will be against, but he has far more leverage than Martinez in determining it. There will be a WBC middleweight title defence in December and it’s looking as though the likely opponents will be Saul Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

For the 33 year old Puerto Rican, there is much to consider as his next fight will have a big say as to rest of his career. Following successive losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr and Austin Trout, Cotto had to make his way back with fights against Delvin Rodriguez and then Martinez. Against Mayweather he received $8 million and would command even more for a rematch.

The original fight happened as Mayweather couldn’t come to an agreement with Manny Pacquiao. This fight put Cotto on the map and was the second-biggest non heavyweight in history. Since then, Mayweather has fought Robert Guerreo, Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. With the two having a rematch in September, it would appear as though he won’t be fighting Cotto in December.

So who will Cotto fight? Whomever it is, it should be an entertaining fight.

Pacquiao vs Algieri Fight

FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:

Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao in Macau – November 22nd, 2014

HOW THIS FIGHT CAME TO BE

The fight between Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) that looked like it may not happen will infact take place on November 22 in Macau. Time was running out if the bout was to take place so Algieri and his team met to hammer out the deal’s sticking points.

Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title will be on the line. Should Algieri win, there is a clause for a rematch. Algieri will receive his first million-dollar-plus payday and the fight which will be showed on HBO will also give him piece of the PPV pie.

Algieri was on a roll following his defeat of Ruslan Provodnkiov in June – a win that put him on the Manny Pacquiao radar.

The problem then became money. Algieri was originally offered $1.5 million as well as a share of the PPV sales, but this wasn’t enough for him. This resulted in back and forth and stalling, so much so that if a deal wasn’t hammered out quickly the clock would have the final say.

Algieri was walking a fine line. If he missed out on the opportunity, it may very well not return so he had to be careful not to lose it. It wouldn’t have been ideal, but Pacquiao could have turned to Mike Alvarado or Luis Carlos Abregu. Alvarado lost his last two fights including one to Marquez and Abregu has even less of a profile than Algieri. Juan Manuel Marqeuz who is the mandatory challenger was unable to do it and then there was Provodnikov who would have been the logical and probably only contender had he not lost to Algieri.

This was indeed the fight that put Algieri on the map. He wasn’t much of a name until he upset Provodnikov. This opened doors for him, but still it was wishful thinking to think that the coffers were simply going to open up for him as a result of it. He had some leverage, but maybe not as much as he thought. He received $15,000 for a fight earlier in the year and $100,000 to take on Provodnikov so these seven figures are a massive purse for him.

Now Algieri has to deal with the hype and razzamattazz that comes with a fight of this nature. For Pacquiao, this is just another fight against some challenger and it could very well be that Algieri is overshadowed by the occasion – we will have to see and will have a fight preview closer to the time.

As far as Pacquiao goes, one can only wonder how many more fights he has in him. He is clearly slowing down and after having two fights in 2012 had just one in 2013 followed by one so far in 2014. Aged 35, even if he continues to flight like others fighting into their 40s have, how many more fights does he have?

Whatever happens, it promises to be an exciting November night in Macau.

News Release – Combat Sports and Ringside Join to Become Combat Brands

Fight Brands Align Under New Corporate Structure

Lenexa, Kan. – Aug. 27, 2012 –The fight brands Combat Sports and Ringside have

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merged to become Combat Brands, LLC, a one-stop shop for equipment, clothing and gear for amateur and professional boxers, and MMA fighters.

Ringside and Combat Sports were previously owned by founder John Brown, who is stepping down to pursue other interests.

“This new corporate structure lets us leverage company resources as we introduce our

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products to new fight audiences around the world,” said Orin Borgelt, Combat Brands president and CEO.

Combat Brands recently introduced its Heritage line of premium boxing gear. Skilled craftsmen use the finest leather and latest technology to create the individually handcrafted fight gear. Combat Brands is the only company in the industry offering equipment of this quality.

Combat Brands is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas.

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Official Equipment Supplier of the National Golden Gloves

The National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions is the most well-known

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competition in amateur boxing.  Winners of the tournament earn the recognition of being the best-of-the-best and have their names etched in the record books alongside past champions, such as Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.

This year’s tournament begins Monday at the Casablanca Resort Casino in Mesquite, Nevada, kicking-off six days of intense competition between the best amateur boxer’s in the country.

Ringside is proud to be the official equipment supplier of the National Golden Gloves, and contribute to the success of this prestigious event and the athletes taking part in it.  Ringside representatives will be on site with a full equipment showroom to assist you, and tournament merchandise is now available on ringside.com.

Follow along for updates on Facebook.com/RingsideBoxing and onTwitter via @RingsideBoxing

Good luck to all participants!

2012 Ringside Masters World Championships

This weekend, March 30 - 31, Ringside will host the first ever Ringside Masters World

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Championships in Kansas City, MO.  The tournament is open to men and women athletes over the age of 34.  More than 80 Masters competitors registered for the amateur boxing tournament, the most senior, an outstanding 77 years of age.    

All possible precautions are being implemented to insure the safety of the athletes.  The boxers are being required to compete in 16 oz. sparring gloves and well-padded headgear. Each round will be 1 minute in length.

Although Masters competition takes place at the Ringside World Championships every August, opportunities for Masters boxers to compete are still scarce, so Ringside felt it appropriate to provide another stage for these passionate, hard working and dedicated competitors to shine. 

John Brown, Owner/CEO of Ringside, Inc. and tournament director, states, “You would be

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amazed at the competition these mature folks provide. They have an incredible passion for the sport. Some have experience and some have none. All opponents are matched within 10 years in age, 10 pounds in weight, and equal experience. It makes me proud to be a part of such a special event.”

Follow along for updates on Facebook.com/RingsideBoxing and on Twitter #RingsideMasters via @RingsideBoxing

Ringside Sponsors the 2012 National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, Missouri

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19th Annual National Silver Gloves

Fast hands, swift feet, quick minds and thunderous power prevailed at the 2012 National Silver Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament in Independence, Missouri.  The three-day event took place on February 1st -3rd. Over 322 amateur boxers from all over the country matched up to earn National Championship titles and belts.  The result was unparalleled competition that showcased the sport’s best young athletes from across the nation.

Ringside is proud to bring you every bout from the National Silver Gloves! Click here to view!

For the past nineteen years, Ringside has hosted the nation’s premier junior event – the National Silver Gloves Tournament.  Every February, the nation’s best 10 – 15 year old boys and girls compete for a national championship, and when the dust settles, over 60 national champions are crowned.  Athletes must earn their spot at the national competition by first advancing through local and regional elimination tournaments.  For most, it’s the first opportunity young boxers have to experience competition at a national level and gain the indispensable experience necessary to be successful at the senior levels of amateur boxing.  Witnessing these future stars in action is truly a sight to see.  The heart and skill they demonstrate confirms the success of boxing and the bright future it has in store.

Young boxers between the ages of 10 yrs to 15 yrs competed in several weight divisions over a course of four sessions and three rings.  There were 58 champions who emerged from amongst the competition.

This year’s tournament commemorated the 45th anniversary of this National program which continues to provide the youth of America with a unique opportunity for personal growth.  This annual tournament has been the proving ground for many of today’s top boxing talents, many of whom have utilized the discipline and dedication that the Silver Gloves Program instills to propel them to Olympic and world title contention.

The National Silver Gloves has been supported by Ringside for almost two decades. Ringside also hosts the annual Ringside World Championships in Kansas City.  It is the largest amateur boxing tournament in the world with over 1,500 entries, four days of action, and six rings running simultaneously.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Ringside also provided live social media updates throughout the tournament as a way for family members and friends who were not able to attend to stay up-to-date on what was going on at the tournament and cheer on their favorite amateur boxers by using Facebook and Twitter.

All proceeds from 2012 National Silver Gloves Tournament were donated to the National Silver Gloves Association Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations to the 2012 National Silver Gloves Champions!