P4P countdown: No 2: Gennady Golovkin
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came second...
Name: Gennady Golovkin
BM online P4P ranking: 2nd (up one place from last June)
Fight record: 37-0-1 (33 KOs)
Report card: Golovkin did little, if anything, wrong in 2016 but it was still a disappointing year, although admittedly this was largely due to circumstances beyond his control, with several potential match-ups not being brokered. A second-round KO of the over-matched Dominic Wade and a fifth-round TKO of the out-weighed then IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook therefore represented a low key 12 months. In contrast 2017 saw GGG face two monumental challenges, in the form of Danny Jacobs and - finally - Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Golovkin squeaked past Jacobs with some difficulty in March - proving that when the chips are down he can find a way to win - and most observers felt he did enough to deny Canelo in September, although the fight was scored a draw.
Prospects for 2018: Golovkin's P4P standing, reputation and legacy are arguably all at stake in a Canelo rematch, which is looking set to be brokered for May. By the time the duo meet once again in centre ring, Golovkin will be 36, so his career would appear to be entering its crucial final stages.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 87 - all ten of our panel ranked GGG in their individual top tens, with two giving him top spot. Nobody ranked him lower than third. He rose one place compared with our last poll in June. Five more points and he would have matched the tally of our poll winner...
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.