By Keith Idec
Gennady Golovkin has plenty of options.
If the former middleweight champion copies Canelo Alvarez’s blueprint and moves up to super middleweight for his next fight, Carl Froch would advise against Golovkin challenging WBA 168-pound champion Callum Smith. The emerging Smith demolished George Groves in his last fight, which he won by seventh-round technical knockout in the World Boxing Super Series’ super middleweight final September 28 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“He beats Triple-G,” Froch told IFL TV during an interview Friday. “Yeah, I think he would. Great performance against Groves. Surprised to see Groves quit, I was. But Callum made him quit. But I didn’t think he had any quit in him, Groves. I thought he was a bit of a – I thought he had more to him. I don’t wanna give Groves stick, but the referee was in his face, with a six, seven, eight, and he stayed down, didn’t he?”
The retired Froch figures Smith’s size advantage would be too much for Golovkin to overcome.
Liverpool’s Smith (25-0, 18 KOs), one of Froch’s former sparring partners, stands 6-feet-3, five inches taller than Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs). The unbeaten Brit also is eight years younger than the 36-year-old Golovkin.
Kazakhstan’s Golovkin has been a middleweight throughout his 12-year pro career. He has contemplated moving up to super middleweight in the past, most memorably for fights against Froch and Andre Ward.
Froch, an analyst for Sky Sports’ boxing coverage, is certain Golovkin would lose if he finally jumps up to 168 pounds to meet Smith.
“Callum, a good fighter, strong, quite a good all-arounder,” Froch said. “And if you’re building up toward asking me about Triple-G, I just think he’s too big and too strong for Triple-G. Well, super middleweights are too big for middleweights. You saw it with me and Arthur Abraham. But he’s not a massive middleweight. Listen, Triple-G just lost to a guy that’s 5-foot-8. You know what 5-foot-8 looks like next to me? I’m 6-foot. How can anybody that big beat me? You can’t.
“Triple-G just lost to a small geezer, Canelo. I know it was close and is was whatever, controversial, and people might argue either way. But he don’t beat a good super middleweight like Callum Smith. Got zero chance against someone like me. I had to get that in, didn’t I?”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.