Forty is the new 30 for Gennadiy Golovkin, who is not letting his age stop him from making waves. On the back of stunning bouts, GGG (42-2-1, 37 KOs) now sits at the top of the WBC middleweight rankings.
The rankings were published after the 40-year-old vacated his IBF & WBA 160-lb titles.
He gave up his IBF title when he was asked to defend it against number 1 ranked Esquiva Falcao. This was after he vacated the WBA strap following WBA’s order of taking on ‘regular’ champion Erislany Lara.
The elevation in Golovkin’s rankings means he is now closer than ever to meeting WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) inside the ring.
Regardless of the outcome of their potential fight, both boxers are bound to walk away with a hefty purse due to their profiles and elite resumes.
With the Canelo chapter almost closing on him, the only showdown that makes sense for Golovkin is against the middleweight title-holder.
On the contrary, taking on an in-form GGG may become a caution for Jermall as he hasn’t fought for almost two years.
Golovkin has, however, fought just four times in the last four years, against Steve Rolls, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Kamil Szeremeta, and Ryota Murata.