Golovkin Feels Boxers Not as Concerned About Facing The Best

Gennady Golovkin has some gripes about the way boxing is handled.

Not the competition in the ring itself, but what goes on in arranging top bouts. Triple G will not be facing a highly ranked opponent Saturday night when he fights Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden, though Rolls is undefeated.

Yes, there have been a bunch of megafights in the last two years, and a third Canelo Alvarez vs. Golovkin middleweight classic could be ahead if Triple G handles Rolls. But there also are the lopsided matchups that, in Triple G’s estimation, don’t advance the sport.

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“I can’t change many things when you look at what boxing is now,” said Golovkin.

“It seems (people) are more looking from the standpoint of money and profit and boxing being more of a business than sport. That’s what needs to change the most. It’s bad for the athletes and for sports in general, this situation.”

Triple G-Canelo would be as popular as any potential match, and they both have lucrative contracts with DAZN, which will stream Saturday night’s feature attraction. Alvarez also took on one of the division’s best when he defended his titles in a close bout with Daniel Jacobs, who also had a tight loss to Golovkin.

That’s exactly what the Kazakh star (38-1-1, 34 KOs) wants to see: premier bouts.

“When we signed the new deal with DAZN, we were looking for who would fit, who would fit at the Garden,” said Tom Loeffler, Kolovkin’s promoter. “It was kind of a short period of time in terms of announcing the fight. And we went through a list of names. A lot of guys weren’t available. Lou (DiBella, Rolls’ promoter) knew that we were looking for a fight; he called me. … As soon as that fight was proposed, Steve Rolls signed on the dotted line. He had no hesitation.

“He’s undefeated. He’s from Canada. DAZN is trying to expand their business worldwide, and they like the fact that he’s from Canada, to increase the subscription base up there in Canada. So that’s how that came together.”

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