Las Vegas – Gennadiy Golovkin is sure to fight again.
The longtime middleweight champion’s 12-round, unanimous decision loss to Canelo Alvarez didn’t make him think about retirement. The 40-year-old Golovkin felt good in his debut at 168 pounds at super middleweight, but he won’t rule out a return to the middleweight division unless promoters fight for him.
“Well, it all depends on what offers he gets,” Golovkin said through a translator during his post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. “At the same time, I have three belts at 160, like I said, so I have some obligations in this regard.”
Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) holds the IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight titles. In the year Until Saturday night, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist had competed at a maximum of 160 pounds at middleweight throughout his 16-year professional career.
The Kazakhstan native mentioned the scheduled bouts he could entertain in order to retain his middleweight championship. A showdown with WBC champion Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) is the most intriguing title unification for Golovkin in the 160-pound division, but facing Houston’s Charlo will require Golovkin to work with Al Hammon’s premier boxing champions and prime time.
Before suffering his second loss to Alvarez, Golovkin said their third fight would mark the end of his contract with DAZN, which signed him to a six-fight deal in March 2019.
Janibek Alimkanuli (12-0, 8 KOs) holds the WBO middleweight title, but Kazakhstan’s Alimkanuli respects Golovkin and may not want to fight him. Alimkanuli is promoted by Bob Arum Top Rank Inc.
If Golovkin stays at super middleweight, he would have to accept a non-title fight next because Alvarez holds the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO 168-pound crowns. Regardless, Golovkin doesn’t intend to call it a career just yet.
“I really still have that fire burning inside of me,” Golovkin said. “i’ve got [more] For the love of boxing. And don’t forget that I have three belts [at] 160. As I said, I feel good. I did not allow any heavy shots [against Alvarez]. And I’m not tired. I’m fresh. I feel strong. I feel the power inside me. … If the right opportunity comes along, I’m looking to keep coming back. [to] The ring.”
Golovkin got off to a slow start on Saturday night, not throwing many power punches in the first eight rounds. All three scorecards led Alvarez 78-74 going into the ninth round.
The challenger rallied in the later rounds and closed the gap on each judge’s card. Dave Moretti defeated Alvarez 116-112 while David Sutherland and Steve Weisfeld defeated Alvarez 115-113.
Mexico’s Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs), eight years his junior, is the only fighter to beat Golovkin in his pro career. Golovkin lost a majority decision to Alvarez in a 12-round welterweight championship rematch with Alvarez four years ago.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.