Undefeated through 34 professional contests, Kazakhstani wrecking machine Gennady Golovkin is revered by many as the next big thing in boxing.
His recent victory over David Lemieux — an eighth-round TKO win that earned him the IBF middleweight title — arguably placed Golovkin on the proverbial map. An impressive enough victory that prompted many a boxing fan to urge the powers that be to set up a bout with Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
While “GGG” is seen as one of the best in the game today, Alvarez’s coach, Eddie Reynoso, thinks its wise to taper the untethered praises often thrown at Golovkin.
“Golovkin is a great fighter and we acknowledge that, but he is not the wonder that everyone believes he is,” Reynoso told ESPN Deportes (h/t Boxing Scene). “We also have a great boxer.”
Considered the lineal middleweight champion, Canelo was also urged to step into the ring with Golovkin following his 12-round unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in November.
Negotiations hit a bit of a standstill in the weeks that followed, as WBC figureheads decided it was in the bets interest of both parties to undergo interim title defenses against other opponents to create further interest in a Canelo-Golovkin matchup.
One particular obstacle before making this bout happen is agreeing upon a common weight. Golovkin competes at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, whereas Alvarez feels most comfortable at 155.
“We are pretty good at 155 pounds,” Reynoso said of Alvarez. “We are going to do what is beneficial for us and not [what’s beneficial] for someone else.”