A Beltless Gennady Golovkin Could Soon Announce His Retirement
The boxing community is raising their eyebrows after news that two-time unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (42-2-1, 37KO) has vacated the WBA Super title. This move will definitely have boxing enthusiasts and fans thinking that retirement could be next for GGG.
A recent social media post by the WBA has gone viral after revealing the Kazakhstani has vacated the belt.
Boxing fans should not be surprised by this move considering Golovkin hasn’t been heard from since losing the trilogy for the undisputed Super middleweight crown against Canelo Alvarez in September 2022. The two-time unified champion, following the defeat, vowed to return to middleweight.
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Yet, he dropped the IBF title in February that he won in a matchup against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2019. Furthermore, he remained radio silent after the WBA ordered a second fight with WBA Regular champion Erislandy Lara.
IS RETIREMENT NEXT TO COME?
Typically when a fighter makes a move like this, it can only mean one thing – retirement. At 40 years old, GGG’s body may no longer be able to withstand the wear and tear of the day-to-day routine of preparing for a fight. In addition, he could be finding it hard to get back down in weight after going up to super middleweight to fight Alvarez.
Golovkin would not be the first fighter sitting at home behind a tough defeat, questioning if the hunger and drive to compete at a high level is still there. With no relevant title in his possession and no word of an opponent, the community could be on the verge of a retirement statement in the next few weeks.