P4P countdown: No 3: Gennady Golovkin
Luke G. Williams
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 third...
Name: Gennady Golovkin
BM online P4P ranking: 3rd (up 2 places from last December)
Fight record: 37(33)-0
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, chief among them a showdown with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. 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 is looking set to be the year that will define GGG's career; Golovkin has already squeaked past the highly rated and accomplished Daniel Jacobs in March - proving that when the chips are down he can find a way to win - and helping him rise two places in our latest P4P chart to number three.
Prospects for 2017: 2017 could be the year when GGG ascends to the top of the P4P rankings. With a September showdown with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez now agreed GGG's profile - should he win - will go through the roof. On the flip-side, if he loses, then - already aged 35 - there may be no way back to the very top for the Kazakh sensation.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 70 - Five of our panel ranked GGG in their top three, with second his highest ranking. Only one of our panel ranked him outside their top five.
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 Martin Chesnutt.
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.