Erik Morales: “Golovkin Is Leaving Boxing For An Indefinite Period Of Time”

Will Golovkin's Current Hiatus Turn Into a Permanent Exit From Boxing?

Erik Morales says Gennady Golovkin will take an indefinite hiatus
Erik Morales (L), Gennady Golovkin (credit: Alamy)

Erik Morales Says Gennady Golovkin Is Taking An Indefinite Boxing Hiatus


Questions remain about the future of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs). It appears the multiple-time middleweight champion is not returning to the ring anytime soon, according to boxing trainer Erik Morales.

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia has aspirations of facing Golovkin on June 10. But during an interview with the news source Izquierdazo Boxeo, Morales, Munguia’s trainer, claims that a Golovkin-Munguia fight is not on the cards.

(Translated from Spanish) “What I understand, what I was told by the (promotional) company is that Golovkin told them that he is leaving boxing for an indefinite period of time . . . If he decides to come back, he will let everybody know.”

AN OMINOUS TREND

GGG has been out of action since losing his trilogy fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September 2022. On February 8, 2023 the fighter from Kazakhstan vacated the IBF middleweight title. Golovkin then decided to relinquish the WBA 160-pound title on March 9 of this year.

Here’s the sobering reality. Golovkin will turn 41 on April 8. His recent outings suggest a fighter clearly on the decline. No one wins the battle against Father Time. It’s not like he will get any faster and more athletic during this period of inactivity. If anything, he’s just going to get older. The longer he stays out of the ring, the more it will fuel speculation that the end is near for one of the best middleweights in recent memory.

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