WBA Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring on February 1st 2014 as he attempts to score his 16th straight stoppage.
Sadly the hard hitting "GGG", who has an incredible record of 28-0 (25), won't be attempting to unify his WBA title with another major title. Instead he will be fighting in an "old skool" stay busy fight.
The bout, scheduled to be in Monte Carlo, will see Golovkin defending his WBA title against former IBF title challenger Osamu Adama of Ghana.
Adama, who boasts a respectable record of 22-3 (16), has never been stopped though he has been down several times. In all honesty we expect that to change when Golovkin gets through him, probably inside 6 rounds.
Although the fight is clearly a disappointment it does come less than 3 months after Golovkin's last fight, a stoppage victory over American Curtis Stevens. If the Kazakhstani fighter is going to fight every 3 months then it's hard to complain, unless all of the fights are against this level of opponent.
We are hoping to see Golvokin back in action again in May or June in the US. That bout is likely to be a more testing assignment than this one. Sadly even that is unlikely to be a unification contest.
On the same card we expect to see Rey Loreto, of the Philippines, fighting for the IBO Light Flyweight title. Loreto will be up against it as he takes on former IBF Minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi. Saying that however Loreto will be heading in to this bout on the back of a notable victory over Pornsawan Porpramook.
Despite boasting a a poor looking record of 17-13 (9) Loreto has won 9 of his last 11, including victories over Pornsawan Porpramook and Wisanu Kokietgym. He'll be the clear under-dog against the 24-2-0-1 (17) Joyi but he will certainly be a live under-dog, especially considering Joyi has gone 3-3-0-1 in his last 7 bouts.
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