By Xavier Porter
May 31, 2020 – While the world and sports adjust to the vast spread of the COVID-19 virus, Middleweight Title Contender Steve Rolls continues to remain focus and ready for his next opportunity towards winning a world championship.
Rolls, of Toronto, CAN (20-1, 11 KOs), is currently ranked at number (3) in his native country and number (84) in the world at (160lb – Middleweight).
Previously, Rolls faced one of the greatest middleweight champions in boxing’s history, the one and only Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin.
In their June 8, 2019 middleweight bout, live at the “Mecca of Sports Entertainment” (Madison Square Garden), Rolls fought his heart out against the former undefeated unified WBC, WBA, IBF, RING Middleweight World Champion.
Rolls found success early in the fight, landing clean punches to both Golovkin’s head and body, which slightly disturbed the “SEEK and DESTORY” world champion. Rolls would go on to lose the fight by knockout (4).
With the loss, Rolls gained so much more from fighting such a skilled boxer of Golovkin’s caliber.
“To be honest, it’s been rough since losing my first professional fight,” Rolls stated.
“I still think about it every day. It was a learning experience for me. GGG is a great fighter. He’s been dominating all of his opponents, during the last decade.”
“That fight was all about experience. I had some success early in the fight, but the experience factor played a major part in my loss.”
“From fighting a certain caliber of opponents to going to fight the TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, he was more experienced and I feel that it served me well to go forward in my career.”
“I learned a lot from that fight. It was a tough loss, a hard pill to swallow, but it has made me a better fighter today.”
Unbeknownst to the casual fans of boxing, Rolls has continued to fight on, having won his next fight at (168lb).
Rolls is now ready to fight the best of the best, at (160lb), while also looking at a possible huge fight at (168lb).
“Since that fight with GGG, I fought again, defeating my opponent at (168lb). I feel more confident than ever to face the top of the top on my division. If a rematch with GGG presents itself, I’ll gladly take the fight again.”
“Fighting GGG gave me the experience to pursue the top ten fighters in our division.”
“The 160lb division is a strong, hot division. There are so many great fighters, so many great fights that can take place.”
“I’m a fighter. I don’t duck or dodge any opponent. I am ready to fight the best of the best.”
“If a good opportunity presents itself, I’ll take the fight at (168lb). Whether it be Canelo Alvarez or David Lemieux, whoever, I’ll take the fight.”
Rolls, who is planning to return back to the legendary Kronk Gym to train with none other Sugar Hill Steward, had this to say about returning to the gym where his boxing career began.
“Working with Sugar Hill Steward again, I feel really happy and look forward to my future, with the changes that I’m making for my career.”
“There’s so much history, so many talented, skilled fighters, and world champions that have come from that gym.”
“I’m a student of the game and I don’t want to go backwards in my career. I want to fight the best of the best to win a world championship.”
With regards to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Rolls expressed that he’s been taking care of himself the best possible way.
“I’ve been staying active, staying safe, with the whole quarantine. I’m just taking every day one step at a time until we find a cure.”
“Now that I have gotten my name out there, I believe I’ll get more opportunities in the future. I love fighting at home, but I also love fighting in the states. I wish I could fight on a more consistent basis.”
“Lou Dibella (International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee – 2020) is still my promoter and we’ve talked about me possibly returning to fight in August (2020).”
“It doesn’t matter to me if there’s a crowd there are not. If a good opportunity presents itself, I’ll take the fight, no matter the weight.”
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