Middleweight contender Gennady Golovkin‘s third-round knockout of unrated Makoto Fuchigami on Saturday in Ukraine sparked an interesting discussion.
Golovkin, rated No. 8 by THE RING, probably is better than his rating. I think it’s safe to say that most experts see the hard-punching native of Kazakhstan as a Top 5 talent – and maybe better than that. One knowledgable observer equated the buzz surrounding Golovkin with that which we once associated with the late Edwin Valero.
However, Golovkin (23-0, 20 knockouts) doesn’t have a great resume. His knockouts of Kassim Ouma and Lajuan Simon are probably the biggest of his career. Those are solid victories but nothing more.
Plus, although he holds the WBA’s 160-pound “world” title, everyone knows it’s utterly worthless because Felix Sturm is the sanctioning body’s “super world” titleholder.
So the question was: Do we elevate Golovkin after another dominating victory over a marginal opponent because of his obvious talent or wait until he takes down a top-tier foe?
THE RING Editorial Board decided to wait. We believe Golovkin has pound-for-pound ability but he needs demonstrate that against a Felix Sturm, Daniel Geale, Dmitry Pirog or the like. Thus, he remains at No. 8.
Golovkin is a fresh 30. He has time.
RING RATINGS UPDATE
Junior bantamweight: Tomas Rojas (No. 7 last week) drops out because he has fought as a junior featherweight in his last two fights. He is replaced by Carlos Cuadras (24-0, 20 KOs) of Mexico at No. 10.
Juan Carlos Reveco (No. 9 last week) leapfrogs Luis Concepcion (No. 8 last week) into the No. 7 position after his impressive onesided decision over then-unbeaten Karim Guerfi on Friday in Argentina.
And Edgar Sosa (45-7, 27 KOs) of Mexico enters at No. 10.
Rated fighters in action this coming weekend (with current ratings)
Junior bantamweight: Juan Carlos Sanchez (No. 8) vs. Juan Alberto Rosas (No. 9) (Saturday)
Strawweight: Denver Cuello (No. 7) vs. Ganigan Lopez (Saturday)