“He Can’t Wait to Fight” – Jonathan Banks Reveals What’s Next for Gennady Golovkin

Published 05/19/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 08: Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan looks on during his Super Middleweights fight against Steve Rolls of Canada at Madison Square Garden on June 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Gennady Golovkin appears ready to get in action and go against any contender on his way back to the ring. Following a successful title defense via RTD over Kamil Szeremeta, ‘GGG’ either needs to defend or unify his title against other champions.

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Hence, it can put him against two big names in the middleweight division. First, Jermall Charlo who holds the WBC belt, and then WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade. While these undefeated champions appear to be alluring matchups, Golovkin can also opt to face Canelo Alvarez in a trilogy thriller.

That said, Golovkin’s new trainer Johnathon Banks has connected with ES News to reveal their upcoming plans. Although he didn’t take any specific name, it appeared as if the IBF middleweight champion is ready for everyone.

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“He [Gennady Golovkin] can’t wait to fight. I am looking forward to him to fight. I don’t care who he fights, I just want him to get an opponent so, he can fight. Triple G said he don’t care who he fights, let’s just get the contract done. Get an opponent in the ring so he can fight.

“That’s all he wants,” said Banks.

However, when asked about Jermall Charlo, Banks didn’t verify the matchup. He claimed Gennady Golovkin to be ready but didn’t speak about the contractual and business side of the bout. So, 39-year-old ‘GGG’ needs to make a steady decision at what seems to be the dusk of his career.

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Is Gennady Golovkin ready for the biggest fights?

Following his sole career loss against Canelo Alvarez in 2018, ‘GGG’ has fought only thrice. Alvarez has , on the other hand, has appeared six times since then. So, the sheer difference reveals Golovkin’s inactivity compared to boxers of his stature.

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While Demetrius Andrade (30-0) and Jermall Charlo (31-0) are way more active, they can be tough challengers for Gennady Golovkin (41-1-1). Moreover, the middleweight division needs to unify the titles with four different world champions aligned. Hence, we can see the top-tier figures collide with each other soon. It would also open the way for several fighters to retain themselves at 160 lbs or move up to 168.

Do you think Gennady Golovkin will unify his IBF strap?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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