Deontay Wilder: At the right place at the right time

Elite sport, especially boxing, has a lot to do with levels and timing. Fortunately for Deontay Wilder he seems to be approaching elite level in the Heavyweight division at just the right time.

At 30 years old, many consider the ‘Bronze Bomber’ to be somewhat of a late bloomer. But, for many Wilder is blooming at just the right time.

For starters, his arrival at elite level coincides perfectly with the period at which the Klitschko era is coming to an end. The famous Ukrainian brothers, in particular Wladimir, the long reigning WBA, IBO, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine champion have had a vice like grip on the division for a near decade. But their hegemony of the heavyweight class is in the closing stages as Vitali has recently retired and will probably never return again, whilst younger brother Wladimir has publicly stated that he is suffering from a serious lack of motivation to continue his reign at the top.

It is a racing certainty that the landscape of the heavyweight scene will soon be vastly different, but it remains to be seen who will be the prominent fighters in this new epoch for the heavyweight division. Will Deontay Wilder be the next force to be reckoned with in this once famous fighting sphere? Could fight fans even witness a changing of the guard encounter between Klitschko and Wilder somewhere down the line? It is certainly within the realms of possibility that the two will meet in the ring. Wilder is now the mandatory challenger for the vacant WBC belt, which Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne will soon compete for, and that is the only belt Wladimir Klitschko must capture to achieve his publicly stated dream of becoming the unified heavyweight champion of the world.

There are many who decry Wilder’s achievements and discredit his 100% knockout record due to the diluted caliber of opponents he has faced, yet he seems as well placed as any other heavyweight to take over the mantle from Klitschko.

Despite all the obvious questions marks about his ability to really compete at the highest level he continues to answer all such questions with emphatic ease, even as the class of his opponent increases. If anything, his killer instincts seem to sharpen as the competition he faces improves- witness his recent demolition of Malik Scott, who is considered a world class operator, for a useful point of reference.

Of course, as he moves up in class he will have to hone his craft more. But you get the sense that Wilder’s main challenge will be in a mental sense because, from a purely physical perspective he looks far more superior to other any Heavyweight in the World, barring of course Wladimir Klitschko.

Wilder hasn’t gone past 4 rounds in his professional career and is so used to just focusing solely on his strengths. And thus his biggest test will be how he maintains his focus and concentration when he must take into account the problems his opponents poses.

However, his lack of ring experience, in terms of rounds fought at the any level never mind elite standard, may actually help rather than hinder his progress. He may not have many miles on the clock but he has shown that he has the capacity to quickly move through the gears to devastating effect- again witness his recent demolition of Malik Scott for a useful point of reference. The tentative opening to the fight drew loud boos from a Puerto Rican crowd baying for blood until BANG, the fight was over. He made it look so easy.

In contrast, it would be anything but easy if he were to face Klitschko, who would definitely prove a far more insurmountable object than any other opponent he has ever faced. But Klitschko is normally far taller and has a much greater reach than most of his opponents who he usually elects to box at long rang. Wilder, though, at 6ft 6in is half an inch taller and has a 2inch reach advantage over Klitschko (81in). So it stands to reason that with his superior height and reach Wilder would at least be able to land punches on Klitschko- no mean feat when you consider how most the giant Ukrainian’s opponents struggle badly to even find their range never mind hit the target.

Could Klitschko cope with the brute force of Wilder’s murderous power punches if the Bronze Bomber was able to catch him cleanly?

Only time will tell. Although for now Deontay Wilder seems to be in the right place at the right time. But expect his manager Al Haymon and promoters Golden Boy Promotions to pick the perfect time before pushing him to the very top level to face Wladimir Kiltschko.

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Why still no opponent for Ruslan Provodnikov?

For a promoter whose stable is in danger of bleeding dry after his two most profitable cash cows, Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez, depart Top Rank and retire in the not too distant future, it beggars belief that Bob Arum’s new star pupil, Ruslan Provodnikov, still has no opponent lined up for his next fight.

What is more unbelievable is that Mike Alvarado, who was destroyed by Provodnikov in his very last fight, has been gift wrapped a scrap with Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez. The winner of that fight will face the victor of the Manny Pacquaio vs Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight title.

So despite being beaten to a pulp by the big punching Russian, Alvarado still somehow holds some of the aces, and is guaranteed at least one lucrative pay day and a massive fight against a future hall of famer. This article wishes to express no anti-Alvarado sentiments. He is a game fighter and a good opponent, but Provodnikov has proved beyond doubt that he is better. Put simply, Provodnikov has earned his props the hard way and based purely on merit he should be facing Marquez- not Alvarado.

So why then, is Provodnikov being spurned and denied opportunities he has dedicated his life to earning? It seems like the Top Rank stable are scared of the Siberian Rocky. Apart from Brandon Rios- the most willing target in the sport- none of the other star names in the Top Rank stable have expressed any interest in having the dangerous Russian as a dancing partner. Alvarado obviously neglected to negotiate terms for a rematch to regain the title he lost in his defeat to Provodnikov. From his reluctance for revenge we can deduce that he wants no further part of Provodnikov.

Provodnikov won’t fight Manny Pacquaio because Freddie Roach trains them both. As long time stable mates and sparring partners they are obviously good pals and thus it stands to reason neither would want to meet in the ring for real. Anyway, at this late stage of his career Ruslan Provodniov is probably the last man Manny Pacquaio would want to fight.

For similar reasons, Juan Manuel Marquez can also be ruled out of the equation. At 40 years old, the legendary Mexican is in the closing stages of his career and can ill afford to face such a relentless and powerful force as Provodniov, especially when he can pick up much greater paydays for far less punishment.

Timothy Bradley was lucky to escape a life and death battle against Provodnikov with his brain functions still intact, let him alone his title. He told Boxing News in an exclusive interview that he never wants another war like that again. But that dreaded scenario probably would be the exact narrative that would unfold if he were to face Provonikov again.

Bradley would be dragged into the trenches and forced to fight fire with fire on a basis far too frequent for his liking. The Russian has shown he has the capacity to cut off the ring and make his opponents exchange- he would likely have knocked Bradley out if there bout lasted for an extra 30 seconds as he cut off the ring very impressively in the closing stages after being out boxed in the middle rounds. Consequently, we can safely remove Bradley’s name from the list of potential opponents for Provodnikov.

Stylistically, Provodnikov versus Rios is a match made in heaven that would send both men to hell due to the horrendous punishment both would sustain. But after being found guilty of using a banned substance to help him cut weight for the Pacquiao encounter at 147lb, there are serious reservations about whether Brandan Rios could even make 140lb to fight Provodnikov. You know the situation is pretty desperate when one of your only potential opponents cannot possibly, or legally, make the weight limit for a fight.

Golden Boy Promotions could offer Provodnikov the paydays and prizefights his career craves. Judging by the current state of affairs at Top Rank they cannot provide the same opportunities.

From an outside perspective, it seems like Provodnikov has an easy decision to make: defect from Top Rank and join Golden Boy’s burgeoning stable of fighters in the welterweight divisions.

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Do you think Provodnikov has to leave Top Rank?

Who would you like to see him fight next?

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Pacquiao must prove he still has the passion for prizefighting against Bradley

Judging by the recent comments from Freddie Roach, he plans for Pacquaio to drag Tim Bradley back into the battle field, much in the same way his other protégé Ruslan Provodnikov managed to in their thrilling ‘Fight of the Year’ in 2013.

Timothy Bradley was taken to hell and back and was lucky survive a life and death battle with the big punching Russian- who is Pacquiao’s long time sparring partner. Roach wants Bradley to relive that nightmare again when he faces his star pupil Manny Pacquiao in their much anticipated April 12th rematch.

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The conviction in Roach’s comments clearly tells us he thinks his fighter let Bradley off the hook in their last encounter by trying to coast to victory.

This time though, Roach will obviously impress upon Pacquaio that if he takes Bradley into deep water, he must drown him. As opposed to throwing him a life jacket like he did last time. Although, he was clearly robbed of a deserved victory, Pacquaio must shoulder some of the blame for the Bradley debacle.

Despite showing that he was clearly superior in every department he failed to properly impose his will on Bradley. In doing so, he paid the ultimate price. He lost his title, his reputation was tarnished and the defeat sent his career into an alarming tail spin. Ultimately, the Bradley fiasco sparked a chain of events which led to Pacquio crashing and burning with a brutal defeat by Marquez in his very next fight.

But hindsight is a wonderful thing. Surely if Pacquiao had foreseen the cataclysmic consequences the Bradley clash would have on his career he would have tried to finish Bradley. Instead, he inexplicably elected to take it easy and coast to what he obviously thought would have been a clear point’s victory. Pacquaio is aware of the errors of his ways, and knows unequivocally that he cannot afford to make the same mistakes again because, quite simply, his career is on the line.

If he has the chance, he must close the show this time in order to take the decision out the hands of judges.

Yet you can take nothing away from Timothy Bradley. Officially, he is still undefeated and the ‘Desert Storm’s’ career- in stark contrast to Pacquaio’s- has risen exponentially ever since his dubious decision victory of the Filipino icon. After his hellacious war with Ruslan Provodnikov, 2013’s ‘Fight of the Year’, he went back to what he knows best; giving Juan Manuel Marquez a boxing master class, to cap off another career defining calendar year in the sport. Although Bradley’s clash with ‘Dinamita’ Marquez was a bore fest, it clearly showed that he is an accomplished technician with brilliant boxing ability and razor sharp ring intellect.

They say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, so expect Bradley to employ a similar game plan against Pacquiao to the one he executed so successfully against Marquez.

He will rightfully be confident that he has the capacity to gain an actual legitimate victory against Pacquiao, who is on the decline. The natural aging process has led his power and speed to recede a little, and his defensive reflexes have definitely slowed down. On the other hand, Bradley has undoubtedly improved as a fighter since they last met.

But here’s the caveat. Can Bradley afford to be so conservative against Pacquaio, who is still, even in the autumn of his career, debatably faster and indisputably far more powerful than he is? Will cautiously circling the ring and carefully avoiding exchanges be enough again to land Bradley another landmark victory over Pacman?

I very much doubt it. He will have to be more expansive this time out to get the benefit of the doubt against Pacquiao. The same principle also applies to Manny Pacquiao: he must try and recapture his killer instincts at the expense of the compassion he has shown to many of his opponents since his destruction of Miguel Cotto in 2009.

Many experts consider the Cotto contest as Pacquaio’s last great performance. Truth be told, ever since then he has given the impression that he aspires to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner as opposed to a champion prizefighter. He seems to pity most of his opponents and shows such compunction for the punishment they take from him.

For instance, in the Maragarito fight, he showed the massive Mexican mercy long before the final bell sounded. In the later rounds he was noticeably neglecting to put power in his punches and was seen on multiple occasions looking at the referee willing him to stop fight. The fun loving Congressman looked visibly distressed by the damage he was causing to Margarito.

 He really only displays his dark side when faced with a foe who he perceives to be of a similar ability such as Juan Manuel Marquez, who he genuinely loves going to war with.

He now knows Bradley is a warrior, a more than worthy opponent. It’s Manny Pacquiao who now needs to prove that he is still a warrior who wants to be a prizefighter and not a Nobel Peace Prize winner by punishing Bradley without compassion when they face off on April 12th.

Thanks for reading fight fans.

Has Pacquiao become too civilized or is he simply feeling the effects of father time?

Can he knockout Bradley, or will the Dessert Storm win another decision victory?

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Fear of failure is why Floyd Mayweather Jnr will never fight Manny Pacquaio

The sheer volume of articles which have inevitably surfaced about a potential Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao super fight since the Filipino announced his comeback, with a ruthlessly efficient performance against Brandon Rios.

The vast majority of them have only really catered for the two main topics of; who would win and will the fight happen.

However, I have read some fascinating articles which have covered the contentious issue of why the fight has yet to materialise, despite it being the most anticipated match up in decades.

But not many times can I recall Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s fear of failure cited as the force which has separated the two men up until now. Now let me state, categorically, that I do not think Floyd Mayweather is scared of Manny Pacquiao. He isn’t.

But, I think his fears of failure are far more rational where the 34 year old Filipino is concerned.

Mayweather has known, as early as 2008, that Manny Pacquiao is the only man capable of damaging his undefeated record. And I truly believe that he still recognises Pacquiao as the only viable threat to his legacy. Irrespective of what he says in public, privately he knows Pacquiao still possesses the devilment that could spell disaster for his undefeated record.

On the other hand, Floyd also knows he has the skills which could expose Pacquiao. He would quite rightly be regarded as a betting favourite, if not a racing certainty, if he was to finally face Pacquiao. But it is this tiny element of doubt, which I think transforms Mayweather’s fear of failure from being his most positive motivational tool into his most crippling insecurity, where Manny Pacquiao is concerned.

He wants to be remembered in history as the greatest boxer to ever lace up a pair of gloves, so must be absolutely terrified of tainting his legacy with a defeat. Pacquiao has no such worries.

On the contrary, he would probably approach the fight free of trepidation, seeking comfort in the fact that he has already battled back from adversity on numerous occasions.

A loss would be a disaster for Mayweather. From a sporting perspective, the historical significance would be akin to the falling of the Twin Towers.

Whilst for Pacquiao, it would merely merit a shrug of the shoulders and statement to the effect of, ‘sometimes in boxing you win, sometimes you lose’ issued with characteristic humility, of course.

For better or worse, his defensive flaws define him just as much as his devastating speed and power do. His exciting style means he will be a box office attraction until he retires. The flipside though, is that he will also remain vulnerable to defeat until that day.

In contrast, Mayweather is totally reliant on his aura of invincibility to sell fights. His unblemished ring credentials compensate for his cautious, and at times, pretty tiring performances in prize fights. After all, how many times have we heard boos reverberate around the arena in a Floyd Mayweather world title fight?

Now this has as much to do with his opponent’s inability to force Mayweather to actually throw punches in order to defend himself, as much as it owes to his, at times, conservative approach.

But the Mayweather hype machine would malfunction if he were to cede his crown as an unbeaten fighter.

Again, Pacquiao has no reasons to be plagued by such fears- he was brutally knocked out just last year, and is still suffering the backlash from boxing fans and commentators around the world.

One of Pacquiao’s most endearing qualities, and greatest glories, is how he rises every time he falls. He lost his unbeaten record many years ago, suffering two knockout losses in his homeland before he ever stepped foot onto American soil.

Then, after arriving in the USA like a storm across the pacific, he struck terror into his opponents until, in 2005, he was finally stopped in his tracks by Erik Morales, who threatened to derail his career by exposing him as a one handed brawler, who could be backed up by bigger men in the heavier weight classes.

After that sobering defeat, he went on a 15 fight, six year unbeaten streak, dispatching many of the top names in the sport including two knockouts victories to gain revenge over Morales, as well as scoring wins of over Hall of Fame candidates; Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley.

However, his world once again came crumbling down when his face crashed onto the canvas after being viciously knocked unconscious by Juan Manuel Marquez in their 4th fight, which lest we forget, followed on from his controversial point’s loss to Timothy Bradley.

Mayweather Jnr, on the other hand, has never had to deal with adversity in his boxing career. No knockouts. No defeats. He barely ever loses rounds. But by engaging in conflict with Manny Pacquiao, he has everything to lose.

Even though he is probably 99% confident he would win, he cannot eliminate that 1% of doubt that he could lose.

So if the ‘Greatest Fight that Never Was’ remains just, then I feel Floyd Mayweather’s fear of failure will be among the most decisive factors which contrived to keep the two men apart.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao: The web of spin

In contemporary society, the mainstream media’s engine runs almost entirely from the fuel of the PR pump, which spins stories and set agendas to suit the capitalist desires of the political and corporate elite.

Unfortunately, this culture of spin has long since pervaded the sporting arena and is particularly prevalent in boxing.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr is one athlete who understands exactly how to use the intricate mechanism of the modern PR machine to send out dominant messages in the media. Given his intimate knowledge of the methods of the modern media and public relations business, it is no surprise that he is the highest paid sportsman on the planet.

In his latest classic piece of spin, Mayweather was able to both propose that Pacquaio could be his next opponent, whilst simultaneously saying just enough to subtly suggest that he will definitely not be.

As part of this public relation master class he also managed to make it look like it was entirely Manny Pacquaio’s shortcomings that were responsible for denying the world the fight we need to see.

“I’ve got nothing bad to say to Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said to Hustleboss.com.

“The guy is 1-2 in his last 3 fights. I wish him only the best. I don’t know which company he’s with. I’m only focused on Mayweather Promotions. My focus is on May 3rd. I don’t know who my opponent is. If it’s Pacquiao, it’s Pacquiao. If it’s Amir Khan, it’s Amir Khan.”

The fact that Mayweather even has the gall to suggest that Pacquaio’s recent record renders him unworthy of being his next opponent is totally embarrasing. It is pure pretence.

Any intelligent, impartial boxing fan should be insulted that he expects the boxing public to buy such blatant posturing as a legitimate excuse not to fight Pacquaio in the near future.

In the very same breath he fell through the trap door of contempt when he mentioned Amir Khan as his next potential opponent. For a boxer like Mayweather, who seemingly has such unshakeable principles with regards to his opponents and their recent records, how could he possibly begin to justify Amir Khan as his next challenger?

The Bolton boxer has lost two of his last four fights and both of his recent, unconvincing, comeback performances have been against anything but elite level fighters in the virtually unknown Carlos Molina and age ravaged Julio Diaz.

In stark contrast the legendary Filipino, and ‘Fighter of the Decade’, was knocked out by an expertly executed counter punch by Juan Manuel Marquez- a future Hall of Fame certainty.

And as everyone knows, despite getting the decision against Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley barely won a round and was comprehensively out boxed in his decision ‘victory’, which gifted him Pac-Mans WBO Welterweight world title.

But, in the interests of objectivity, Pacquiao was due a dubious decision against him as he was outclassed by Marquez in their 3rd fight, prior to the Bradley contest, yet still got the decision.

However, in his recent comeback the Filipinos flame burned as brightly as it has in years as he battered Brandan Rios in an utterly dominating, if not destructive, performance. Yet, many quickly tried to extinguish his fire by pouring cold water on claims that the old Pac Man has returned after his commanding victory.

They insist that Rios’ relentless pressure fighting style was made to order for him, a point to which I totally agree with. Moreover, the Manny Pacquaio of old is gone and will never return.

Like the immortal saying in Rocky III, Pacquaio lost his edge when he became too ‘civilised’.

The way he let Rios of the hook in round 12 proves conclusively that the once ruthlessly violent streak that possessed him has now been replaced by a statesmanlike compassion and remorse.

But what the nature of his performance also proved beyond doubt is that despite losing his malice, the ferocious power, frightening hand speed and spell binding ability to ring off blistering combinations remain intact.

So yes, the old Manny Pacquiao is dead. But the current incarnation of the Filipino congressman still has enough to crush Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s unbeaten boxing credentials.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr knows this, and this why he will not fight Manny Pacquaio in the near future.

No amount of salacious spin should convince anyone in the boxing world otherwise

The road to redemption begins for Adrien Broner

The deafening silence from Adrien Broner in the wake of his humbling from Maidana has been drowned out by the din of rapturous applause which has greeted the ‘Problems’ first defeat. To say the boxing world has revelled in his adversity is an understatement.

The boxing press and public alike have gleefully announced his sobering defeat to Marcos Maidana as the death knell of career as an elite fighter in the welterweight divisions. And considering he will be unable to comfortably make the lightweight limit of 135lb, it is safe to assume that Adrien Broner is at a particularly precarious juncture in his young career.

But he remains defiant.

Finally Adrien Broner broke his silence and showed some signs of humility by personally issuing an apology for the way he tastelessly ran out of the ring after being badly beaten up and exposed by Marcos Maidana.

Broner said on his instagram “This is the face of a 3x world champion in 3 different weight divisions. I am a man and first of all I want to say I’m sorry for running out on all the fans after my fight.”

“That was wrong of me as a fighter. I want to congratulate team CHINO and I want to thank everybody that supported the fight. But I am not done. This is just a minor set-back for a major come back.#RematchTIME #TrueFIGHTER.”

However, to be fair to Broner, he did approach Maidana at the end of the fight, appearing to congratulate his counterpart on a career defining victory.

Still, a typhoon of negativity has threatened to engulf Broner, and he is still getting hit with flying debris as he sifts through the wreckage of his unbeaten ring resume. The groundswell of ill-will and animosity being directed to towards the former three-time world champion will force him to abandon his seemingly boundless arrogance and obnoxious demeanour. As I have already stated in a previous article, nobody is buying what Broner is selling any longer.

From the point of being exposed as being an entirely conquerable fighter, whose game is riddled with fundamental flaws, Broner’s veneer of invincibility has been totally eroded. Even before his humbling by Maidana, many fighters in the convoluted talent pool of the welterweight divisions, such as Kell Brook, had already dismissed the notion that he would be a force at 147 as pure fantasy.

Although Broner is in crisis, he is still unquestionably a world class operator. It is a true testament to his unlimited potential that his natural talent has taken him to the point where has won three world titles in three different divisions.

He now knows unequivocally that his natural talent has nothing left in the tank and cannot take him any further. He must now shoulder the burden and take responsibility for his talent by adding the further dimensions of hard work and dedication to his game or he will be risk becoming irrelevant in a prize fighting context- at least in the welterweight divisions.

But, the one by-product of his defeat to Marcos Maidana was that he did display the heart of a champion. On other hand, it is painfully apparent that he does not have the engine or the aggression of a truly elite fighter.

Perhaps a saving grace for Broner is that most of his flaws- in a boxing context, anyway- seem entirely fixable. Although his arrogance and lifestyle outside of the ring could be his Achilles Heel, he can still conceivably bounce back if he has the humility to realise that he must improve and adjust his fighting style.

Despite his obsessive and ultimately unsuccessful mimicry of Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Broner has neglected to copy the two fundamental cornerstone of his idols successful unbeaten career – hard work and dedication.

If he still has ambitions of taking over the mantle from Mayweather Jnr then the ‘Problem’ must be prepared to swallow his pride, re-dedicate himself to boxing and be malleable to change as the Road to Redemption is a long and arduous journey.

Fight fans, time to put your cards on the table: Is Adrien Broner willing and able to make a serious comeback and compete at Championship level in the welterweight divisions? And does he need Floyd Mayweather Snr in his corner to do so?

Where Does Gennady Golovkin Go Now?

Gennady Golokin, widely believed to be the best Middleweight in World, again enhanced his burgeoning reputation in the boxing world with his 15th straight knockout as Curtis Stevens retired on his stool in the 8th round of their world title fight last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA.

The 31 year old Kazakh, with a knockout percentage of 89%, the highest in middleweight history and most prolific among any active fighter in the sport once again gave a ruthlessly efficient display, stalking his prey relentlessly in a performance that probably had enough power and poise to put away any 160lb fighter on the planet.

The caveat of his devastating form though, is that there are no opponents of any real merit in the Middleweight division, titleholders such as Peter Qullin and Sergio Martinez, who are prepared to put it all on the line against him. He could potentially target the winner of Darren Barker vs Felix Strum, who fight on December 7th for Barker’s IBF strap. But again, it is highly debatable whether either man would relish the prospect of trying to tame ‘Triple G’ anytime soon.

He would be best to right now abandon his ambition of fighting the long-time 160lb lineal champion, Sergio Martinez. There is absolutely no chance, the aging and injury prone Argentine, will risk his WBC title or his reputation against Golovkin when he is being primed to face fan favourites Miguel Cotto and/or Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2014 in what would both be P-P-V smash hits, securing him career high pay days in the process.

To any boxer from 154-160lb- including Floyd Mayweather Jnr- Golovkin, who is a relative unknown to casual boxing fans after only making four appearances in front of American audiences, is the last fighter they want to face as he is the highest risk, yet least lucrative pugilist in the Pound for Pound rankings. Boxing is a business, where financial profit and politics pack the most powerful punch of all. The brutality of combat sports, which can threaten an athlete’s mortality at the top level, dictates that elite fighters can justifiably demand the biggest pay-cheque possible for the least potential for physical punishment.

And thus, I have grave fears that Golovkin will be; prevented from fulfilling his potential as a prize fighter, unable to unify the middleweight division and win the host of world titles his talent deserves because, he is simply too dangerous and cannot offer the sort of financial incentives the Cotto’s and Canelo’s, Mayweather’s or Manny Pacquaio’s of this world can. It really is a sad indictment of the rampant capitalist culture, in which the rapacious pursuit of financial profit renders sporting integrity, fairness and equality as a redundant currency in the world of boxing.

Another major problem he has is that he is already 31 years of age. It will take a marketing master class, and no small amount of time to promote his name to the masses and transform him from a much avoided, economical misfit cum knockout machine to the popular P-P-V star who gives his opponents a licence to print money.

So Golovkin, who is often referred to as the ‘most avoided man in boxing’ is set to remain just that until he is inevitably forced to move up to the Super Middleweight division.

On the evidence of his performance last Saturday, however, I strongly suspect that, unlike the middleweights, the likes of Carl Froch and Andre Ward will be far more willing to enter the ring, and able to contend with boxings new Knockout King.