P4P countdown: No. 5: Gennady Golovkin
Luke G. Williams
Over the Christmas and New Year period, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising nine of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came fifth ...
Name: Gennady Golovkin
BM online P4P ranking: 5th
Fight record: 36(33)-0
2016 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. The failure to entice Canelo Alvarez into the ring and the failure to swiftly agree terms with Danny Jacobs and thus squeeze a third fight into the year left the usually active GGG with just two bouts to reflect on - a second-round KO of the over-matched Dominic Wade and a fifth round TKO of the out-weighed IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook. Other potential showdowns with Chris Eubank Jr and Billy Joe Saunders also fell by the wayside.
Prospects for 2017: 2017 could be the year when GGG ascends to the top of the P4P rankings. In March he finally faces Jacobs, with the Brooklyn banger representing the most dangerous assignment Golovkin could face from among the current middleweight top ten. (Boxing Monthly ranks Jacobs number two in the division, with Alvarez ranked in the super welterweight division). If GGG defeats 'Miracle Man' then a showdown with Canelo in September looms if, and it's a big if, terms can be agreed. Win that as well and Golovkin's profile will go through the roof. Golovkin turns 35 in April, so this is the year that he needs to land these career defining fights.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 51 - Somewhat surprisingly, our summer 2016 pound for pound survey ranked Golovkin only seventh. He rises two places here, and was only one point behind the fighter who came fourth, although none of our panel rated him in their top three.
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 and Michael Montero.
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.