By Xavier Porter | April 22, 2019
Former Middleweight King Gennady “GGG” Golovkin returns to the ring on June 8 to take on undefeated Canadian Middleweight Steve Rolls, live on DAZN, at Madison Square Garden.
GGG is ready to “butter” Steve Rolls, and then some.
At first glance, you have to wonder why Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), coming off his thirty-seven birthday, would take on a fighter who has less professional fights than he has knockouts.
Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) is ranked in the world at ninety-six (96) as the top middleweight and number four in his country. Golovkin is ranked number two in the world and number in his country of Kazakhstan.
Again, the question begs to be asked: why choose Rolls for your return fight rather than someone who is more of a seasoned fighter?
The answer is simple: look good in dispatching a thirty-five year old, undefeated fighter and you might get your third opportunity at fighting Canelo Alvarez in September or your second opportunity in facing Daniel Jacobs, as both men are set to do battle on May 4, live on Dazn, for the undisputed middleweight championship.
In fighting Rolls, the game plan and strategy would be to not take so much pain from a fighter, who I need to add in again, has less fights than Golovkin has knockouts.
From a selling standpoint, the fight is sure to do well. DAZN, along with Tom Loefller of 360 Promotions, Frank Smith, and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, will surely fill out the undercard with quality fights.
However, the main event, at best, is merely a fight to get the “old bones moving” or to “loosen up the screws” perhaps.
With the “Big Drama Show” returning to Madison Square Garden, the 12-round rumble with Rolls will be contested at a maximum weight of 164 lbs. The fight kicks off the exclusive six-fight, three-year global partnership between GGG Promotions and DAZN, the world’s fastest-growing sports streaming platform.
Golovkin’s resume includes a record of (20) consecutive middleweight title defenses, with (18) by way of knockout.
Golovkin has consistently drawn packed houses to the five previous events he has headlined at The Garden, dating back to 2013. Rolls, who has stopped four of his last seven opponents, has vowed to ice the middleweight legend with his version of a Canadian cold front.
Golovkin, who spoke primarily through his Russian interpreter, shared his thoughts on the fight:
“I didn’t take part in choosing my opponent but we all (360 Promotions, GGG Promotions, DAZN) take part in making the final decision on my opponent.”
“I don’t know a lot about him but I know that DAZN is trying to establish themselves in Canada and Steve’s from Canada (Toronto), we figured this would be a good starting point for us to expand our partnership.”
Golovkin’s thoughts on Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs for the Undisputed Middleweight Championship:
“It’s hard to predict. It’s going to be a very important fight for middleweight/the division. It’s going to be an important fight for boxing in general. It’s going to be an even fight.”
“It’s hard to predict who will be the winner because they both have a difference in style. The winner of the fight will be the fans.”
“I have six fights on my contract so of course I would like to fight the best fighters and the winner of this fight.”
Golovkin on his training regimen since fighting Canelo Alvarez and the fact that Canelo will only fight him if he has a belt:
“My fighting style and training regimen has changed since our last fight. Everyone will see the change during my next fight.
“Canelo is not correct to say that. He must first get past Jacobs and then we’ll see what happens next. I want to fight him again, with or without a title.”
“I’m a fighter. I will fight him no matter what. I’d prefer not to fight in Vegas after what happened in our last fight. I don’t feel like I lost those two fights. The judges’ decisions do not affect me. In my heart I feel that I won those two fights with Canelo.”
“I don’t view myself as a beginner. I’m merely restarting my career. I’m a competitor, I want to fight, I want to get back in to the ring.”
Steve Rolls shared his thoughts on facing one of the hard punchers and decorated fighters in the last decade of boxing:
“My time is now. We’ve been looking for the big fights. I didn’t think that I’d get Golovkin so quick but here I am, here we are.”
“I’m going in there thinking that I’m fighting the best Golovkin. This guy has been a dominant middleweight, probably the best middleweight we’ve had in the past few decades.”
“I’m not over-looking him or coming in with the mindset that maybe the Canelo fights have taken something out of him. I’m going in there preparing for the best Golovkin.”
“I’m a personal trainer but I box fulltime. I wasn’t calling out Golovkin. I wasn’t saying Golovkin this or Golovkin that. The opportunity came to me. I understand what it is. I understand that the fans want to Golovkin with relatively known names.”
“This is the situation that I have been dealt and I’m looking forward to capitalizing on this opportunity.”
“I spoke with my fiancé about this fight. She understands this opportunity and she supports me 100%.”
Rolls shared that he used to “Slap-Box” and that he played several sports growing up, including track and field, baseball, and football.
In fighting Golovkin, he will not be allowed to entertain any past enjoyments. In fact, he will he be facing a man who does not play sports. He is now fighting for his life.
Promoted by GGG Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment, tickets to The Big Apple battle between Golovkin and Rolls go on sale this Saturday, April 20, at Noon ET. Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, not including fees, tickets may be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.
For more information, fans can follow DAZN’s U.S. social channels: @DAZNUSA for Facebook, @DAZN_USA for Twitter, and DAZN_USA for Instagram.
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming platform in the world. Since launching in 2016, DAZN had expanded across four continents with the service available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, and soon to debut in Brazil. DAZN guarantees no long-term contract, no bundles, just affordable access to all the service’s sports on connected devices including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The platform features more than 100 fight nights per year from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas. DAZN also features live MLB action each day of the season with its new daily show, ChangeUp.
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