Gennady Golovkin provided this Saturday April 9 one of his possible last functions above the ring. With 40 years completed the day before the fi
Gennadiy Golovkin, at 40, fights and made history in boxing
Gennady Golovkin provided this Saturday April 9 one of his possible last functions above the ring. With 40 years completed the day before the fight, the Kazakh boxer exposed his world title median of the IBF (International Boxing Federation) before the premises Ryota Murata and stayed with the crown WBO (World Boxing Association). In the Saitama Super Arena, in Japan, “GGG” made history again.
Although throughout his career the man born in Kazakhstan demonstrated his power above the ringThis time is very different from the previous ones. at 40 will face this duel that finds him closer to retirement than to the ring. Although he never left doubts about his power or in duels against Saul “Canelo” Alvarezhe is no longer the boxer he was for several years until before the Mexican will take away his unbeaten record of 38 wins and a draw.
Golovkin took a posibility unique in his career as a professional boxer. After the win against Murata joined a small group of five boxers who shouted champion after 40. The last of them is the Filipino Manny Pacquiaothat on July 20, 2019, at the same age as the Kazakh, won on split points against American Keith Thurman defending the belt that beat Lucas Matthysse in 2018.
Notably the duel against Ryota Murata took place after the suspension he suffered in December 2021, following the outbreak of the omicron variant of Covid-19. Finally “GGG” fought in the United States before the polish Kamil Szeremeta, whom he defeated on the fast track in the seventh round. The plus point for him is that the Japanese Olympic champion in London 2012 last fought in December 2019 and dragged a significant inactivity.
The five boxers who shouted champion at the age of 40
Bob Fitzsimmonshistoric British boxer and the first to consecrate himself in three different categorieshe succeeded at 40 years in his duel for the world light heavyweight title. manny pacquiao at the same age retained his world crown World Boxing Association (WBA) of the division welterweight. the south african Thulani “Sugar Boy” Malinga made it at 41 with the super middleweight world title World Boxing Council (WBC).
The longest lived were George Foreman 45 years old, with the girdles IBF and WBA heavyweights and Bernard Hopkins with 49who in his last fight won in the year 2014 was imposed before Beibut Shumenov, where he won two titles and defended one of his own in the light heavyweight category. Golovkin is facing the great chance of his career to join this prestigious group.
The boxer knocked out Japanese Ryota Murata in the ninth round in the fight that took place at the Super Arena in Japan. In this way, now the Kazakh boxer has the opportunity to have an even tougher fight against Saúl Canelo Álvarez