Gennady Golovkin finally returns to the ring to face IBO and IBF middleweight mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta on December 18, can GGG get Canelo Alvarez's attention with his 41st career win?
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GGG returns to the ring after a 14-month absence, and he will be looking to put in a stellar performance to prove he can still live with the likes of Canelo Alvarez.
The Kazakhstan-born fighter takes on undefeated Kamil Szeremeta at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida on December 18, and although the Polish boxer is yet to taste defeat, I honestly can’t see him troubling GGG.
This is a mandatory defence for Golovkin’s IBF and IBO middleweight titles. So, he will be determined to make light work of Szeremeta so he can focus on the bigger fights that are out there – mainly a third meeting with Canelo.
Szeremeta might have had his hand raised 21 times since he turned professional in 2021, but it is safe to say that he has never faced an opponent like Golovkin. The IBO and IBF middleweight champion has 35 knockouts under his belt, and I feel number 36 is just around the corner.
There might be some ring rust at the start for GGG, who has not been in the ring since October 2019, but he will build into this fight and get the Pole out of the way by the end of the seventh round.
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Fourteen months is a long time to be out of the ring, but on December 18 Triple G will make his much-anticipated return when he faces the mandatory challenger for his IBO and IBF middleweight titles.
Golovkin has not been seen in a boxing ring since he beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko with a unanimous points decision victory at Madison Square Garden, and he has to face Szeremeta to avoid having his belts stripped from him.
GGG has to be careful not to look past Szeremeta, we all know he has his heart on a third fight with Canelo Alvarez, but he needs to take care of this opponent first.
Golovkin tasted his first ever defeat at the hands of Canelo when they met in September 2018 with a majority decision as he lost his WBA (Super), WBC and IBO middleweight titles. The only time GGG has not had his hand raised as a winner has been in fights with Alvarez. He has only lost one fight, but the two fought to a draw in September 2017.
GGG will be looking to get Canelo in the ring – but we all know that is harder than it looks – he should have no problems dispatching of Szeremeta, but he needs to be careful.
Szeremeta is unbeaten from 21 professional fights, but it is hard to pick out any big names that he has gone through. He will just be too slow and not strong enough to even trouble GGG.
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GGG said: “This is not just any fight. It is a fight with great meaning. I always have the greatest respect for all of my opponents. I have really missed boxing and I wanted to fight this year. The goal — fighting for a record 21st successful world title defence.”
Kamil Szeremeta: “I want this title for Poland and my family. GGG is a great champion, one of the best in history, but it is time for replacement. Thank you for the great chance, I must take my opportunity to be the first world middleweight champion from Poland.”