Gennadiy Golovkin finally has a date for his obligatory middleweight title defense towards Kamil Szeremeta.
Matchroom Boxing, Golovkin’s co-promoter, and Golovkin’s promotional enterprise announced Friday that Golovkin-Szeremeta has been scheduled for December 18. DAZN delayed adding Golovkin’s combat versus Szeremeta to its streaming time table for a couple of months, but the 38-year-historical Golovkin now is aware of when he’ll make a mandated defense of the IBF middleweight title he regained via edging Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko in October 2019 at Madison square backyard in new york.
Poland’s Szeremeta is the IBF’s third-ranked challenger for Golovkin’s championship. The 31-year-ancient Szeremeta is the leading accessible contender for Golovkin’s mandatory defense because the appropriate two spots within the IBF’s 160-pound rankings are vacant.
whereas undefeated, Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs) is greatly viewed as a tremendous underdog towards even this aged version of the tough-hitting Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs).
Golovkin’s return to the ring changed into delayed longer than he would’ve favorite, yet this lengthy layoff at least enabled the Kazakh knockout artist to leisure and wholly recuperate from his brutal combat versus Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KOs). Golovkin defeated Derevyanchenko by means of unanimous decision in a really unique slugfest that BoxingScene.com voted its “fight of the yr” for 2019.
His low-profile fight with Szeremeta can be Golovkin’s third look on the grounds that he signed a six-battle contract with DAZN in March 2019. Golovkin knocked out Toronto’s Steve Rolls (20-1, eleven KOs) in the fourth round of his DAZN debut in June 2019 at Madison rectangular garden.
Golovkin’s take care of DAZN reportedly pays him in extra of $100 million altogether.
He had hoped to face middleweight rival Canelo Alvarez a 3rd time through now, but the Mexican celebrity wasn’t inclined to combat Golovkin late ultimate year. Alvarez’s refusal to fight him once more led Golovkin to fight Derevyanchenko for the then-vacant IBF 160-pound championship that was stripped from Alvarez for his group’s failure to strike a contend with Derevyanchenko, who turned into the necessary challenger for Alvarez’s IBF belt.
Alvarez, who beat Golovkin with the aid of majority determination in their 12-round rematch two years in the past, at last changed his mind and changed into willing to partake in a 3rd combat against Golovkin prior this year. by way of then, besides the fact that children, Golovkin already become contractually committed to defending his title towards Szeremeta.
The 30-yr-ancient Alvarez’s return to DAZN after a felony battle with the streaming service and former promoter Golden Boy could lead to his third battle versus Golovkin eventually coming collectively in 2021. Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) will to rectangular off towards England’s Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) for Smith’s WBA “tremendous” world 168-pound championship in his subsequent battle, on December 19 on the Alamodome in Texas.
Keith Idec is a senior creator/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may also be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.