The Big Question: Who can stop Gonzalez and Golovkin?

Boxing Monthly
20/10/2015 12:07pm

After their brutally efficient performances at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, who can stop pound-for-pound monsters Roman Gonzalez and Gennady Golovkin? Boxing Monthly's online team give their verdict in this week's 'Big Question'.

While Gonzalez looks the better all-round fighter, Golovkin looks the less stoppable of the pair. There are a couple of big tests lying in wait for Gonzalez - in the shape of Juan Francisco Estrada and Naoya Inoue - whereas Golovkin would be heavily favored over everyone at middleweight (including whoever comes through the Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez money-spinner next month). 

Golovkin’s biggest risk is in having to keep this ‘Mexican-style’ knockout machine bandwagon going. Against lesser opposition than Lemieux, it’s seen him hang his chin out on occasion – often unnecessarily (part and parcel of marketing yourself as a badass, I guess). While that could, possibly, allow Irishman Andy Lee a sliver of a chance to land his Suzy Q, it’s difficult to imagine anyone hitting Golovkin harder than Curtis Stevens or Lemieux (on the odd occasion the Canadian did manage to connect).

It’s great for the sport to have two fighters like Gonzalez and Golovkin (quadruple G?) heading things up after the Mayweather era. The unease fans felt in stumping up for a PPV card (that often left them feeling short-changed after another 12 rounds of tap-tap-and-away) should subside with the likes of Gonzalez, Golovkin and light-heavyweight Sergey Kovalev giving them more of a bang (as in BANG) for their buck. - Andrew Harrison.

Both Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez are so far ahead of their rivals that soon there will be public pressure for them to move up in weight to see if they can replicate their dominance in another division.

This situation is nothing new for Gonzalez who is now campaigning in his third weight class, having won his first world title at minimumweight. At 112lbs, the only real challenge would be to rematch Juan Francisco Estrada. The real tests lie at super-flyweight. The rising star of Japanese boxing Naoya Inoue would be the most likely to take he Nicaraguan's "0" but Amnat Ruenroeng would present a stylistic challenge as he'd attempted to spoil and frustrate Gonzalez.

At present, the middleweight division isn't particularly strong. As a result, Golovkin is missing defining names on his record. A fight against the winner of Cotto and Alvarez would provide him with the marque contest he craves. However, I don't see either of them beating able to defeat 'GGG'. Perhaps the only real test for Golovkin is at 168lbs where Andre Ward may have the physical advantages and skillset to defeat the formidable Kazakh. - John A. MacDonald.

A rematch of the 2012 meeting that saw Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada battle for the WBA 108lbs championship has long been desired by hardcore followers of the lower weight classes. ‘Chocolatito’ won a hard fought decision in LA, ironically on the same bill as Saturday night’s victim Brian Viloria halting Tyson Marquez in five rounds, but in my opinion Estrada would be defeated by Gonzalez in a more clinical fashion should the pair meet for a second time.

Japanese star Naoya Inoue had a fabulous 2014 when he beat up recognised light-flyweight number one Adrian Hernandez to capture the WBC crown and then audaciously travelled up two weight classes to dethrone long reigning WBO 115lbs champ Omar Narvaez and all within eight pro outings! For me, the 'Monster' posses the greatest threat to Gonzalez, but after the Viloria display I'm not too sure his team would be wise to pitch him in with the Nicaraguan at this moment in time. For now, Gonzalez could fight Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo in New York and Donnie Nietes, the excellent WBO light-flyweight champion, could also make the step up of a few pounds with ease. Those would be terrific fights and further cement Gonzalez's status as P4P top dog. 

Golovkin was, as expected, a level or two above Canadian David Lemieux. With his short arms and compact style, Lemieux was easy pickings for GGG's stiff jab. It is a logical next step for the Kazakh wrecking machine to face the winner of Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez and then perhaps the winner of Andy Lee-Billy Joe Saunders to clear out the middleweight division.

In all honesty, neither Andy Lee or Billy Joe Saunders would stand much chance with GGG, but I do like to see a dominant fighter clean out his weight class before moving on. The greatest threat to Golovkin would arrive at 168lbs against Andre Ward, but that fight remains in the realms of fantasy until the American becomes more active again. - Danny Winterbottom.

If they both continue to fight in their current divisions, it's difficult to see anybody beating them, and if they did lose you almost feel it would be due to poor preparation. 

However, we're in an era of catchweight fights, multi-division glory and, ultimately, boxers want to be paid as much as possible, so moving up in weight will likely happen for both and, with that, they could find riskier opposition.

You could make a case for one or two fighters against either of them, if they do move up in weight, so while they're both outstanding, well-rounded fighters, considering the upsets we've seen in the past, I wouldn't like to say both are unbeatable. – MC, TKO Radio.

The most obvious threat to Gonzalez is in the form of Naoya Inoue, but that's at super-flyweight, and I hope ‘Chocolatito’ has a return bout with Juan Francisco Estrada before moving up. I don't see anyone at flyweight or under who can realistically threaten his reign at the moment.

For GGG, there are a couple of great middleweight matches to be made: A) is obviously a unification against the winner of Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto, while B) is a unification against the winner of Andy Lee-Billy Joe Saunders (and Golovkin said he wants all the belts so those two fights make most sense).  If unifications don't happen then option C) would be a defence against Quillin if he beats Jacobs (although a Jacobs fight interests me less).

I'm actually of the opinion that neither fighter should move up, why should they have to? Clean-out the division and reign supreme! - Colin Harris.

Photo credit: Naoki Fukuda.