Golovkin – the best according to WBC
Gennady is also a world champion in two more versions.
Kazakhstan’s boxer Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs), who owns the titles of the champion in three versions, is recognized as the best champion in the history of the WBC (World Boxing Council) in middleweight, Vesti.kz reports.
According to WBC voting’s results, Gennady Golovkin took the leading position outranking such legendary US champions as Sugar Ray Leonard (2) and Sugar Ray Robinson (3), as well as his rival Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (4).
To recap Golovkin became the owner of the WBC belt in middleweight in the spring of 2016 due to a refuse of Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs). The organization obliged the Mexican to defend the title in the fight with the Kazakh boxer. Canelo asked for more time to make a decision, as he was involved in litigation, but the WBC appointed a date for the promotion. As a result, the Mexican freed the belt, which passed to Golovkin.
Besides, GGG owns the WBA (Super) and IBO middleweight titles, although up to June there were four belts in the GGG collection. In summer Golovkin lost the title of IBF (International Boxing Federation). The reason was the refusal to give written consent for holding a duel with the mandatory challenger Ukrainian Sergey Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) until 3 August.
Shortly after the loss of the IBF title, Golovkin was able to negotiate a rematch with Canelo on September 15, which will take place at the same place where the boxers ended the draw a year ago at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.