Trainer: GGG Fighting Rolls Made No Sense

The trainer of his next opponent, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, isn’t all too sure that you can call Gennadiy Golovkin’s June return to the ring an actual fight.

Andre Rozier, who has trained fighters for fights against the former unified middleweight champion, called Golovkin’s June 8th fight against Steve Rolls a massive mismatch.

“That was just ridiculous,” Rozier told following the Golovkin-Derevyanchenko press conference Thursday at Madison Square Garden. “Honestly, for Triple-G to fight Rolls was like 14 steps back. And although he didn’t attack him early, when he did it was over. So, it was almost like, ‘Let me hold off a minute. I don’t want people to think [it’s a mismatch].’ But from the beginning, when the fight was announced, I was like, ‘What? He’s nowhere in this league. Why is he here?’ I’m a realist about it. People might fake the funk, but I’m real about it. That made no sense.”

“In my opinion, it seemed that way,” Rozier said of Golovkin carrying Rolls until he dropped the Canadian in the fourth round.

“[Golovkin] has said that before. ‘I let the guy work a little bit, so the people can get excited.’ He has said that before. This was the perfect opportunity for that to be the case. And then once he let his hands go, the fight was over.”

Rozier, who trains former Golovkin opponent Daniel Jacobs, feels things will be different on October 5th, when Derevyanchenko and Golovkin battle for the IBF middleweight title.

“I take nothing for granted,” Rozier said. “I think that we have to be prepared for the best Triple-G that comes, and that’s why we’re working as hard as we are right now.”


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