Former Unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 38KOs) will be making making his return to the ring after being dethroned by Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez back in September of 2018. GGG will be going up against an Unknown Fighter by the Steve Rolls (19-0, 10KOs) on June 8th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
GGG was the middleweight boogeyman that the whole division feared at one time. Many people believe that age has crept up on him being 37, and he may have lost a step or two. With a controversial decision against Daniel Jacobs and then his draw with Canelo in the first fight and his loss in their second fight, his reputation may have become a little tainted. GGG looks to regain his dominance in the middleweight division. Rolls can be put in front as a tune-up before fighting a 3rd fight with his rival Canelo.
Rolls may be seen as an unknown fighter and an underdog but sometimes that can be the makings of some great boxing history. Manny Pacquiao was a unknown replacement fighter for IBF super bantamweight champion, Lehlo Ledwaba back in 2001. Pacquiao took the fight in 2 weeks notice and dominated, dropping the champ 3 times and winning via TKO in the 6th round. Boxing history has shown us time and time again to never count anyone out.
Rolls has sparred with many of the top fighters of today such as Billy Joe Saunders, Adonis Stevenson, David Lemieux and Lucian Bute. Rolls feels confident that he can cause an upset. Rolls trainer, Tommy Howat stated that he “never seen him be dominated (in sparring),” June 8th we’ll be shocking the world.
GGG even stated ” It’s not funny. This is dangerous for me”, when questioned about him being aware of his opponent Steve Rolls. GGG will be at a disadvantage since is opponent will have more videos to study GGG and there is not gonna be a lot for GGG to know about Rolls. How do you train for a guy you know nothing about? Will the Uknown make himself known come fight night? or will Rolls be a stepping stone back to elite for GGG?