Injury Further Delays Golovkin’s Boxing Return
As he gets older, injuries are bound to catch up with Gennadiy Golovkin. Wear and tear can be a serious issue, even if it not be shown at first. That appears to be the case, as ESPN is reporting that the IBF and IBO Middleweight Champion has suffered a calf injury that is expected to delay his next bout.
Steve Kim went on to say that Golovkin (40-1-1) has filed an extension with the IBF to push back his mandatory title defense against Kamil Szeremeta. The bout was set to take place in April following a request for a March booking. In fact, this is the third time the fight has been pushed back after initial plans had it penciled in for February.
While he heals from his injuries, Golovkin will have to find a new way to train. Kim went on to say that Golovkin has parted ways with his camp, headed by SNAC’s Victor Conte, after only one month.
“We did our best to help Gennadiy, but he was simply not able to do what we asked him to do,” Conte stated to ESPN. “In short, I asked him to leave our facility because he did not comply with what we had agreed upon before camp started. However, I do wish him good luck in the future.”
It is unknown where Golovkin will go next. After suffering the first loss of his career against Canelo Alvarez back in 2018, Golovkin won a rebound fight against Steve Rolls before facing Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF and IBO belts. It was a fight Golovkin survived, as Derevyanchenko pushed him to the limit. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn stated that Golovkin was feeling ill prior to the fight.
It looks like Szeremeta (21-0) will have to wait longer for a fight. The 30-year-old from Poland’s last bout was in October, beating Oscar Cortes via TKO. He fought three times in 2019 and has five wins via knockout.