IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will soon be defending his titles on September 10 against unbeaten and some would say totally untested Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London, England. Some boxing fans think Golovin rates the No.1 spot in the pound-for-pound ratings. Golovkin is No.3 in Ring Magazine’s top pound-for-pound rankings behind #1 Roman Gonzalez and #2 Sergey Kovalev.
The big question is will a win for GGG over Brook do enough to put him at the No.1 spot above Kovalev and Gonzalez. That’s a pretty big jump given the quality of Golovkin’s opponent. Brook is a good fighter, but he’s a welterweight and he’s an untested one. We haven’t seen Brook fight anyone good in his career other than Shawn Porter. Brook needed to hold for 12 rounds to get the win over Porter.
There’s a very good chance that even if Golovkin beats Brook on September 10, he’ll not advance forward to take the top spot in the pound-for-pound ratings. Further, I won’t be surprising if Golovkin loses his No.3 spot to Andre Ward, who is breathing down his neck right now at No.4 in the pound-for-pound ratings.
If Golovkin looks really good in obliterating Brook, then I see him potentially keeping his current ranking, but I don’t think he has any chance of moving up due to him fighting a welterweight instea of someone from his own division at middleweight.
Here are Sky Sports’ pound-for-pound ratings:
I don’t agree with those rankings, but they do seem to have the right guy at the top in Golovkin. He’s earned his place at the top of the pound for pound rankings. But for Ring Magazine’s rankings, which are more respected, Golovkin is going to need to fight tooth and nail just for him to stay where he’s at right now, because there’s too much competition right now. He’s not going to surpass the unbeaten Kovalev or Gonzalez without them losing, looking bad or him fighting better opposition.
What Golovkin really needs to take the top spot in the pound-for-pound ratings is a fight against the red-haired Saul Canelo Alvarez. If Golovkin could get a fight against Canelo and beat him handily, then the guys at Ring Magazine would have little choice but to give Golovkin the nod at the top fighter in the sport pound for pound. But with Canelo not eager to fight GGG, it leaves him in a bad position right now.