Five fights for Gennady Golovkin, 40, as boxing legend refuses retirement after Canelo Alvarez trilogy loss | The Sun

Five fights for Gennady Golovkin, 40, as boxing legend refuses retirement after Canelo Alvarez trilogy loss | The Sun

September 18, 2022

GENNADY GOLOVKIN is ready to move back down to middleweight as he refused retirement following defeat to Canelo Alvarez.

The Kazakh icon jumped to super-middleweight to complete his trilogy with Canelo, who he drew with in 2017 but lost to a year later.

But again GGG suffered defeat at the hands of the Mexican superstar, meaning he will return to middleweight.

Golovkin, 40, said: "Remember guys, I still have three belts at 160. I'll come back guys. I'm still champion guys."

So here, SunSport runs down what could be next for one of boxing's most feared punchers.

Jermall Charlo

The American, 32, is among the biggest stars at middleweight, unbeaten in 32 fights and the current WBC champion.

Golovkin has also finished the final fight on his DAZN deal, meaning he is free to accept an offer from Charlo's PBC stable.

It would provide GGG the opportunity to return in a pay-per-view mega-fight Stateside.

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Chris Eubank Jr

Eubank, 33, has been chasing a fight with Golovkin since 2016, when talks between them broke down.

He returns on October 8 against Conor Benn, 25, in a 157lb catchweight clash but the middleweight is so confident he has already lined up GGG.

Eubank tweeted: "GGG you had a great run. Come back down to middleweight & let’s fight for those belts you still have in December or just pass em over & I’ll look after them for the next couple years while you enjoy retirement… you earned it champ."

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Golovkin's countryman was elevated to WBO champ with Demetrius Andrade set to move up in weight.

It would offer GGG a huge homecoming fight with three of the four belts on the line.

Golovkin recently called to fight back home in Kazakhstan andAlimkhanuly, 29, could be his perfect dance partner.

Billy Joe Saunders

Saunders, 33, is yet to return since suffering defeat and FOUR face fractures in defeat to Canelo in May 2021.

And the slick southpaw has insisted he will only come back for the biggest fights possible.

Saunders long wanted to face GGG while he was middleweight champ and the stars could finally align for them to fight now.

Jaime Munguia

Munguia, 25, is considered the next Mexican boxing hope, climbing the ladder as a 40-0 unbeaten former light-middleweight champion.

So while Golovkin's rivalry with Canelo may be settled, he could be convinced into another Mexican showdown with Munguia.

Although, it would not have a title on the line, which may not appeal to GGG.

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