Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) has finally announced the date of his next fight that will see him engaged in the first defense of the middleweight IBF title won on October 5, 2019 against Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KOs). However, what many boxing enthusiasts are asking is: are we going to see Canelo vs GGG III?
GGG will fight against 31-year-old Polish Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs), number three in the IBF ranking (the first two spots are vacant), next December 18 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. The event, organized by Matchroom Boxing, will be visible on DAZN. Once again, the covid-19 pandemic has brought another interesting fight which has been announced only 3 weeks before. This would have been unthinkable only 9 months ago.
Gennady Golovkin, 38-year old, was supposed to fight already last April, but his return to the ring has been postponed until today due to the pandemic. A delay, however, which allowed Golovkin to recover from the brutal fight he had against Sergiy Derevyanchenko where GGG won by unanimous decision after having suffered too many punches. Eddie Hearn tried to cover the under-performance of GGG saying that the Kazakh boxer was ill that week. Finding out the truth is mission impossible unless you are part of the inner circle. So, we are not aware whether Hearn, GGG’s promoter said the truth or Golovkin is getting too old.
However, this is what will make the fight again the undefeated Polish fighter so interesting. Kamil Szeremeta has a very important task: to check whether the fight of Golovkin against Derevyanchenko was just an incident or the Kazakh boxer commences to feel the age. After GGG’s first rounds against Derevyanchenko, we are perplexed about the statements of Hearn. It seems to us that Golovkin gassed out too early, but we may be wrong. However, we can agree with the final decision of the judges and GGG won that match with merit.
We are obsessed with the actual condition of GGG because we still hope for a third fight against Canelo Alvarez. However, we need to be frank here as usual: a third fight may not have sense at all. If after the first fight, a draw was arguably unfair, we feel that the gap between the Mexican and the Kazakh superchampions has widen in favour of Canelo as shown also in the rematch. However, should GGG come out with a stunning performance against Szeremeta, everything can happen.