Former Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34) has, after weeks of speculation, had his next bout confirmed, and sadly it's a less than amazing match up for the 37 year old Kazakh.
Golovkin, who was last seen in the ring last September when he lost a controversial split decision to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, will be taking on 35 year old Canadian Steve Rolls (19-0, 10), a real unknown outside of the Canada.
Rolls, who has fought 13 bouts in Canada and 6 in the US, is taking a massive step up in class here and it being given next to no chance by anyone. To date his most notable results have been decisions wins against KeAndrea Leatherwood and Demond Nicholson.
The bout will be shown on DAZN and will take place on June 8th at the world famous Madison Square Garden. At the moment the rest of the card hasn't been announced, though it we're being honest we're hoping for a strong under-card given the main event is this weak.
According to celebrity news website "theblast.com" Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34) has filed filed court documents to sue his former management team of Maximilian and Oleg Hermann.
Theblast reports "Maximilian and Oleg Hermann intentionally failed to account for revenue, took excessive commissions and more than they were owed, and failed to provide services for his most recent fights (but want money for them anyway)."
Golovkin is said to have ended his relationship with the Hermann brothers in 2017, but they continued to use their position to claim money from their relationship with the popular Kazakh fighter, who alleges that they owe him in excess of $3.5,000,000.
The Hermann's were instrumental in bringing Golovkin to Abel Sanchez's attention, and appear to be partly responsible for him becoming such a big star in America. However with the relationship ending it's clear that the dealing between the fighter and his former managers didn't end in a mutually pleasing fashion. Instead it appears to have ended in a rather acrimonious manner. Much like Golovkin's relationship with former promoter Universum, who the Hermann's actually helped Golovkin to escape from.
The legal issue with Herman brothers may well explain why Golovkin is yet to ink a TV deal, despite huge numbers being thrown around.
More details about the case be found here on Theblast.
Earlier today the media in Tokyo had the chance to attend a public work out from WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11) [村田 諒太], ahead of his upcoming defense against Rob Brant (23-1, 16).
The work out didn't see Murata sparring at all, but he did look quite sharp on the mitts, as he focused on his technique, specifically for his jab and straight right hand.
He also stated that his weight loss is going well and it seems clear that's not struggling at 160lbs.
Interestingly Murata's promoter Akihiko Honda has also revealed that Murata is still interested in facing off with Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34), despite Golovkin's recent loss. It seems like Golovkin's name and profile is something that Murata and his team are still excited by, and it is a bout that could potentially take place next year, if Murata comes out on top against Brant as expected.
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This past weekend we saw Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34) suffer his first career loss, losing a razor thin decision to Mexican fighter Saul Alvarez (50-1-2, 34). Following the result Kazakh boxing promoter Alikhan Zharylgapov has suggested that Golovkin's career would be helped by dropping long term trainer Abel Sanchez and linking up with someone else.
The promoter stated "I think that although Golovkin outboxed Canelo, it was not enough for the judges, the main problem is that Sanchez is a supporter of one plan. We saw the final WBSS fight between Gassiyev and Usik in that fight, he could not give elementary advice to his ward, I understand that he instilled something useful in GGG, but now Golovkin needs changes."
The promoter not only criticised Sanchez but suggested there was two obvious choices to replace him. One of those is Gennady's brother Max Golovkin and the other is Roy Jones Jr.
Interestingly Zharylgapov is one of several people to criticise Sanchez and his coaching here, with Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov and Russian commentator Vladimir Gendlin both expressing belief that Golovkin has done as much as he can with Sanchez.
It's going to be interesting to see if Golovkin stays with his mentor given the criticism that is coming Sanchez's way, though they have had a long and fruitful relationship so far and it would be an odd time to change given that Golovkin is already 36 and it may not help to try and adapt to a new style of training at this stage.
Next month we'll WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11) [村田 諒太] his belt against mandatory challenger Rob Brant (23-1, 16) in Las Vegas, USA.
Earlier, local time, Murata was working for WOWOW Prime in Japan where he acted as an analyst for the Middleweight world title rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. The intention for Murata was to face Golovkin at the Tokyo Dome, if he was to come out on top.
Sadly with Alvarez taking the win the dreams of facing Golovkin in Tokyo does seem to have died and his future plans are set to change.
Murata told the press that he had the bout scored 115-113 to Golovkin, and described the fight as being more interesting than the first one between the Mexican and the Kazakh. It seemed clear that he was disappointed by the result.
Murata described his feelings as being similar to how Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] must have felt following Roman Gonzalez's first loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, a loss that detailed a potential super fight between the Monster and Chocolatito.
Although Murata seems to have every intention to face Alvarez, it does look like the bout will be a harder one to negotiate, and it's unlikely that "Canelo" will be willing to fight at the Tokyo Dome, given his large Mexican fan base. Something that Golovkin seemed willing to do. It also seems likely that Murata will have to wait longer to get Alvarez in the ring than he would have had to wait to face the more active Golovkin.
Interestingly a bout between Murata and Golovkin isn't totally out of the question, but has certainly lost a good part of the allure it previously had.
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