When we look back at 2013 it's fair to say that Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25) had a real year to remember. The WBA Middleweight champion not only defended his world title 4 times but also scored 2 credible KO of the year contenders and became a man on the verge of becoming a genuine world star.
Unfortunately when you score KO of the year contenders on a regular basis you tend not to be the type of guy who has opponents lining up to fight you. In fact you tend to become a bit of an avoided fighter, even if you do hold a world title. This has unfortunately become the case with Golovkin who seems to have more people running from him than almost any other fighter in the sport right now.
The most obvious ducking of Golovkin came by Britain's Martin Murray who was supposed to fight Golovkin for the WBA world title on February 1st in Monaco. Murray however tried to play boxing politics and instead tried to sign up to fight Jarrod Fletcher on the card for what he expected to be the vacant WBA belt. The WBA, seeing what was going on, seemed unwilling to play ball.
Unfortunately by the time the WBA had sorted their own house out Golovkin had an opponent lined up, albeit a disappointing on in the form of Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16).
Although not an opponent any fan wanted to see Golovkin in with we expect Adama to actually make for an entertaining opponent. The Ghanian born American based fighter may not be on many people's top 15 Middleweights though he's a fighter who appears to have a few things going for him. Firstly he's tough, in 25 fights he has never been stopped, secondly he's confident, or at least he's talking a big fight, and thirdly he allows Golovkin to be compared to the highly regarded Daniel Geale who took a workmanlike decision over Adama less than 2 years ago.
Whilst not the greatest fighter on the planet Adama does serve a purpose, he can keep Golovkin busy and at least let the Kazakh have a fight in the early part of the year. He's may not be the most talented, freshest, fastest or powerful fighter on the planet but credit needs to be given to Adama's bravery for stepping in the ring with Golovkin.
For his bravery however we can't see anything but a loss for Adama, and a painful one at that. Golovkin is just better in every department. The Kazakh is more skilled, tougher, more powerful, faster, better judge of timing and distance, has a more complete arsenal, excellent footwork and amazing balance. We're not going to go as far as to say Golovkin is the perfect fighter or unbeatable, but it will take a very special fighter to beat and Adama isn't special, merely brave.
Going in to this fight Golovkin will know that he's expected to win and will also know that if he keeps winning major paydays will come his way. He'll also know that they will come even quicker if he continues to leave fighters unconscious with eye catching knockouts. If Golovkin can do what he did to Nobuhiro Ishida last time he fought in Monaco, leaving Ishida out cold lying between the ropes, then this bout will have served it's purpose, it'll have gotten him another highlight reel knockout. It's that, that we think will be the aim here.
Expect to see the teak tough Adama left out cold from a single shot as Golovkin continues to leave a path of carnage in his wake. Then lets hope one of the other, supposedly world level, Middleweights will have the stones to fight Golovkin in a genuinely meaningful contest.
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