HBO's Lampley Explains: Golovkin is Slipping, He's Deteriorating

By Radio Rahim

Last Saturday night in Las Vegas - IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) fought to a twelve round draw with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena.

While the fight was close and competitive, there were many who felt Golovkin had done enough to win.

The official judges had it 118-110 Canelo, 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114 for the split draw.


Now a rematch is being discussed, potentially for Cinco De Mayo weekend in May of 2017.

HBO's veteran broadcast analyst, Jim Lampley, believes the Golovkin we saw last Saturday night is not the same fighter who demolished 23 straight opponents inside the distance.

Golovkin has now gone the full twelve round distance in his last two fights - and some experts believe he's a step slower, not as accurate and becoming too hittable.

Lampley is one of those experts who believes that Golovkin, approaching 36-years-old, is starting to show signs of aging.

Although he felt Golovkin did enough to win last weekend, Lampley has serious doubts about GGG's ability to win the rematch.

"[After watching the Canelo fight,] I've learned that Gennady Golovkin is deteriorating before our very eyes. I believe that he's slipping and I did not really see it that clearly in the Jacobs fight as I saw it this time. Most particularly his unbelievable footwork, his ability to trap opponents and put pressure on them - isn't there any more," Lampley told

"And he only landed eight body shots in the fight, apparently concerned about being countered upstairs by Canelo. Now I say that despite the fact that I thought Gennady was the actual winner of the fight.

"But seeing what I saw in that fight, I don't know if I'd make him the favorite to win the rematch - because I think Canelo learned enough about what Gennady does. And if Gennady does not get back some of what it seems to me that he's lost, if he's going to be that timid about throwing body shots in the second fight - then I think Canelo is going to take a big advantage of that. I think you are going to have to see a slightly different Gennady Golovkin if he's going to be the winner of the second fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bluepete on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;18145336] can deny you said anything about canelo, jacobs or ward....but if you visit the boards you see the majority of golovkin fans that have said or are saying the things i accused them of so why dont u…

Comment by ironmt on 10-18-2017

I agree 100% with Lampley. GGG won the first fight 8-4 IMO but did not look all that great doing It. I think Canelo takes the rematch unless GGG turns It up a notch. He was hesitant to go to…

Comment by Curt Henning on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18145374]yeah and im the queen of england lol[/QUOTE] if im a racist, against whites, where can you find me bashing kovalev and loma...or usyk etc? cant...wont i do believe you are a queen...or a fan of queen...the adam lambert version....thats…

Comment by The Gambler1981 on 10-18-2017

Golovkin while not taking huge amounts of damage as a pro has been boxing his whole life and those amateur fights take tread off the tire as well. It is why I hated how his team operated and wasted time…

Comment by DramaShow on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;18145363]no one im a white male from the new england region of the us in my mid 30s...i can prove it you ever see me bashing loma or kovalev?[/QUOTE] yeah and im the queen of england lol

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