Fear once reverberated through the middleweight division the moment Gennadiy Golovkin’s name was ultimately mentioned. Of course, having built his name and legacy off the backs of his concussed opponents, Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) has forged a Hall of Fame level career.
At his destructive peak, Golovkin rendered the offensive and defensive brilliance of countless middleweight contenders obsolete. But, with the current unified middleweight champion believing he was given a raw deal against Canelo Alvarez in two meetings, the Kazakhstan star was given a reprieve of sorts as a third showdown between them came to fruition.
However, at the ripe old age of 40, Golovkin fought listlessly during their third and final showdown, leading to a definitive and decisive defeat. Having watched the murderous puncher from afar, Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) has juxtaposed Golovkin to his former self. While the former two-division world champion refrained from being highly critical, in the end, he does believe that the dust that’s collected on Golovkin’s birth certificate has truly caught up with him.
“I don’t think GGG is gonna bring that fire anymore,” said Andrade to BoxingScene.com.
Though he was seemingly dodged by countless big-name fighters during his prime, Andrade has longed for a matchup against the future Hall of Famer. Nevertheless, having packed his middleweight bags, Andrade will enter the final stages of his career as a super middleweight contender with championship aspirations.
His introductory bout at 168 pounds will take place this weekend when he takes in Demond Nicholson at the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
Golovkin, though unlikely, could decide to once again leave his middleweight throne and join Andrade at 168 pounds. Ultimately, Andrade has placed Golovkin in the rearview mirror as he eyes matchups against Houston’s Jermall Charlo, along with David Benavidez and Caleb Plant.
With their paths unlikely to cross, the soon-to-be 35-year-old will keep an inquisitive eye on Golovkin’s progression. Although his days near the top of virtually every pound-for-pound list are seemingly behind him, Andrade believes that the IBF and WBA middleweight champion has plenty of gas left in his tank.
“At the end of the day, GGG is still one of the best fighters out there,” continued Andrade. “There’s a lot of guys out there that he can still beat, at the end of the day he’s GGG.”
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