Weekend Takeaway: Golovkin bakes Rolls, AJ rumours persist

GGG vs Rolls

Gennady Golovkin returned to the ring after a brief absence to blast away Steve Rolls in four rounds. This was Golovkin’s first outing with his new DAZN paymasters, and even though he got tagged a bit early on, there was no denying the old GGG was in full effect at the finish. Despite possessing reasonably fast hands, Rolls lacked the power to capitalize on the shots he was able to land. Once Golovkin turned up the heat, he showed precisely who the puncher was.

Setting up the finishing onslaught with the same over-the-top shot he used so effectively against Marco Antonio Rubio, the former middleweight champion ended matters with a sharp left hook. That reeked of vintage Golovkin.

It’s difficult to deny that at 37 Golovkin is sliding down the other side of the career mountain, rather than scaling its heights. A third fight with Canelo Alvarez is undoubtedly the aim for the Kazakh, who will need to sharpen up if he is to better his nemesis. While Canelo has the style to beat GGG, the fact that promoter Oscar De La Hoya made Golovkin wait for so long for the fight, coupled with the failed drug test and Mexican meat scandal, means the deck of boxing power has always been stacked against Gennady.

Both are signed to DAZN, but Canelo is undoubtedly their marquee attraction. Hopefully, we will see not only Golovkin-Canelo III, but also Golovkin in with the likes of Demetrius Andrade and Billy Joe Saunders before he retires.

A week after Anthony Joshua lost his first professional contest, rumours were circulating that the big man was knocked out in a Miami sparring session a week before the fight. If this is true (and that’s a big IF) then why was he allowed to fight and even be licensed or sanctioned by the New York State Athletic Commission, one of the most stringent commissions in the world?

The same commission revamped its practices in the aftermath of Magomed Abdusalamov’s horrific injuries sustained during his fight with Mike Perez in 2013 (the Russian later received a $22 million payout to cover medical expenses). Joshua is unlikely to have been sparring at all so close to a fight of this magnitude.

The two names put forward as possible inflictors of this mysterious KO and subsequent concussion are Agit Kabayel and Joey Dawejko. Hardly rocket fists. European champion Kabayel went the 12-round distance without buzzing or troubling a lacklustre Dereck Chisora in late 2017. Dawejko, meanwhile, is a dumpy cruiserweight. All in all, it doesn’t make for a credible tale.

As for Dawejko, he’s a skilled fighter who has some slick moves in his tool bag. The Philadelphian is currently 19-7-4, but felt he was hard done to in his most recent defeat to Sergey Kuzmin and had an early career draw with Jarrell Miller. Dawejko has been brought back to face another Russian, Murat Gassiev, who makes his American debut on July 27.

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