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GGG to roll over Rolls? Get Gennady Golovkin v Steve Rolls tips

Leigh Copson 4 Jun 2019
Gennady Golovkin (right) in action (credit: Tom Hogan/Ho/Zuma Press/PA Images)

Gennady Golovkin v Steve Rolls predictions for the fight on Saturday, June 8. Gennady Golovkin is expected to rebound from his first professional defeat when he takes on Steve Rolls in New York – but just how quickly will GGG take out the unheralded Canadian? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Gennady Golovkin v Steve Rolls


Once considered an unstoppable monster, Gennady Golovkin returns to the ring on June 8 looking to record only his second victory in two years. Having gone to a split decision draw with Canelo Alvarez back in September 2017, GGG suffered the first defeat of his professional career one year later when the judges handed Alvarez a majority decision victory after another 12-round affair.

A trilogy fight looked set to happen when Golden Boy promotions began negotiations and booked the T-Mobile Arena for Cinco De Mayo weekend, but president Eric Gomez revealed in mid-January that talks had broken down with Golovkin and that he would not be Alvarez’s next opponent.

Alvarez moved on to face Daniel Jacobs while Golovkin was left looking for a new opponent, and it was a major shock when it was announced who the Kazakhstani fighter would be facing on June 8.

The former unified middleweight champion had claimed he was no longer interested in adding more titles to his glittering CV, instead claiming he just wanted to fight the best middleweights in order to prove he was the true number one at that weight.

“The idea is to not have all of the belts possible, but to be the best [middleweight],” told reporters. “People sometimes mistake fighters with the belts as being the best.”
So what happened next?

Well, GGG agreed to take on an unbeaten fighter in his 41st professional outing – which would suggest something of a challenge. However, in this instance it was not a choice that did not go down well with fight fans because his opponent on June 8 will be Steve Rolls. Steve who, you ask? Exactly! In fact, that was pretty much Golovkin’s reaction when reporters asked him what the 35-year-old Canadian would bring to the table at Madison Square Garden.

“I don't know right now,” Golovkin told reporters when asked if he knew much about Rolls’ in-ring skills. “It's not funny. This is dangerous for me.”

Dangerous… really? Let’s be brutally honest here – this is a keep-busy type of fight designed to keep Golovkin active before the inevitable trilogy fight with Canelo Alvarez. And when I say ‘keep-busy’, I mean stay busy training in the gym because I don’t expect GGG to be that busy when he steps inside the ring with Rolls on June 8.

Rolls may be unbeaten, but he has only had 19 professional fights and in that time he has fought absolutely nobody with any real recognition – and I mean nobody! Better fighters than him have been blown out by Golovkin in short order, so when it comes to his hopes of winning this fight, slim has just left town and left nothing behind.

GGG did split with long-time trainer Abel Sanchez earlier this year and to say it was an ugly split would be an understatement, but the former champion has moved on and he is now working with Johnathan Banks. Golovkin has suggested the move was made because he wants to “fight more”, suggesting he is going to come out all guns blazing on June 8. That should be a terrifying prospect if you are associated with or are a fan of Rolls.

GGG destroyed Vanes Martirosyan almost one year ago and we could see similar scenes here as he makes light work of his 41st opponent.

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