Tonight, Saturday June 29, Bloody Elbow presents live fight coverage of Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin, live on HBO. HBO Boxing After Dark Golovkin vs. Macklin airs this Saturday, June 29 live on HBO with a fight time of 9:45 p.m. ET. Bloody Elbow will have live fight coverage, including results and discussion, right here.
At a glance, it's hard to see much in common between Gennady Golovkin and Adrien Broner. Where Broner is a loud-mouthed, brash fighter prone to showmanship, Golovkin is a no-nonsense, all-business fighter who lets his in-ring performances speak for him. Where Broner uses his Philly Shell defense to frustrate opponents, Golovkin presses forward, overwhelming opponents with power.
But despite these differences, both Broner and Golovkin occupy a similar position in today's boxing landscape. Both men are the products of a tremendous amount of hype. Both have been called the future of boxing. And both are at the point in their careers where they need to start proving that hype is for real. Last weekend, Adrien Broner faced his first major test as he took on Paulie Malignaggi, defeating the veteran by decision. This week, it's Golovkin's turn as he tests himself against Matthew Macklin.
So, will Golovkin pass the test?
Chances are good that he will. Golovkin is a fierce power puncher, able to rock opponents with a single punch. He combines that with a strong finishing ability, solid technical fundamentals, and, as shown against Gabriel Rosado, an ability to stay in the fight and keep pushing for the win even if it doesn't come early. Put those together and you have a fighter who seems destined for a higher place on the card.
That said, there are doubts, and legitimate ones. With any up and coming fighter taking a step up there is a common criticism - he hasn't fought anyone. And for Golovkin that's true. Pretty much all of his opponents have been grossly overmatched and have presented little challenge for the clearly superior Golovkin. Boxing fans saw a good example of this last night as Grzegorz Proksa, the man Golovkin defeated in his HBO debut last year, was in action on ESPN facing Sergio Mora. Mora dominated and ultimately embarrassed Proksa in a performance that says as much about the skills of Mora as it does about the relative lack of skills of Proksa. Watching Proksa in that fight, it's tempting to say, "If this is the caliber of fighter that Golovkin has defeated, is he really as good as people say he is?"
It's a fair question. And to be honest, it's not a question we're likely to get a clear answer to tonight. Golovkin may not be the unbeatable machine HBO hypes him as - but at the same time, I don't think Matthew Macklin represents the level of fighter that is currently Golovkin's ceiling.
So will Golovkin pass tonight's test? Yes, I suspect he will. Will that prove that he's for real? That depends on what you expect from him. If you think he has what it takes to be a top of the card competitor, then yes, this will prove that. But if you think the hype is correct and he is destined to be the best in the world across multiple divisions, then a win tonight will prove little and the testing will have to continue.
Of course, when you have a brutal, exciting KO artist like Golovkin out there, more and more tests is exactly what the fans want to see. And HBO will be only to happy to deliver.
Maybe then the real question is not will GGG pass tonight's test, but what is his next test? We'll have a better answer after tonight.
Join us here at Bloody Elbow for HBO Boxing After Dark Golovkin vs. Macklin results, discussion, and live fight coverage tonight, Saturday June 29.
GOLOVKIN VS. MACKLIN FIGHT CARD:
Gennady Golovkin (26-0; 23 KOs) vs.
Matthew Macklin (29-4; 20 KOs)
Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-1; 13 KOs) vs.
Brandon Gonzales (17-0; 10 KOs)
Willie Nelson (20-1-1; 12 KOs) vs.
Luciano Cuello (32-2; 16 KOs)