Gennadiy Golovkin is now 38 years old. Every time he steps into the ring at this point in his career, he looks a little bit older, a little further away from his prime when he was knocking out everybody and defending his middleweight title 20 straight times. When he faces Kamil Szeremeta on DAZN on Friday night, Golovkin is looking for some rejuvenation—and perhaps one last fight with his biggest rival, Canelo Alvarez. Here’s everything you need to know about Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta, including the odds, their records and a prediction on who will win.
Golovkin’s team refused to allow questions about Alvarez this week, but Alvarez told me on Monday that he’d be watching Golovkin in action, the night before his own fight vs. Callum Smith. Alvarez said he feels it’s important.
For Golovkin, who is 0-1-1 vs. Alvarez, a third fight with the No. 1 fighter in the world could bring him redemption. But for now, he’s focused on Szeremeta and the fact that, if Golovkin retains his 160-pound belt on Friday, he would set a boxing record for most middleweight title defenses with 21, breaking his tie with Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins.
Golovkin vs. Szeremeta card, odds
Gennadiy Golovkin (c) -2200 vs. Kamil Szeremeta +1100, IBF middleweight title
John Ryder vs Michael Guy, super middleweight
Ali Akhmedov vs. Carlos Gongora, super middleweight
Reshat Mati vs. Dennis Okoth, welterweight
Golovkin vs. Szeremeta viewing information
- Date: Dec. 18
- Location: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino — Hollywood, Florida
- Start time: 5 p.m. main card (ring walks expected around 8 p.m. for main event)
There’s not much mystery around this fight. Golovkin is a pressure fighter and a true elite-level finisher. The counter to that style is to have enough power to discourage your opponent from unloading with their biggest weapons. Szeremeta has no true power to speak of, showing no real ability to consistently knock out even low-end opponents. That leaves Szeremeta with one path to victory: a flawless technical boxing performance. Golovkin is too good of a fighter to get outworked over 12 rounds by a guy who can’t hurt him. This should be an easy night of work for the champ