Coming off of a hard-fought decision win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Gennadiy Golovkin has regained the IBF middleweight title and is expecting to return in January or February, according to Eddie Hearn, who met this week with GGG.
Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) will be facing mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta, a former European champion with a 21-0 (5 KO) record who was seen on the GGG-Derevyanchenko prelims on Oct. 5 in New York.
Szeremeta, 30, is a solid Polish fighter but wouldn’t really be expected to be a threat to Golovkin, even though Golovkin is getting older at 37. Szeremeta doesn’t seem to have the skills or power to deter Golovkin, who has met resistance in the past couple of years against Daniel Jacobs, Canelo Alvarez, and Derevyanchenko, but still ripped right through Vanes Martirosyan and Steve Rolls. Szeremeta, on paper, is a lot closer to the latter pair.
GGG has a big DAZN deal, so of course there’s still interest in a third fight with Canelo, but Hearn isn’t sure Canelo will be ready to do it by May 2, for instance, and if Golovkin suffers a cut or anything in a fight with Szeremeta, he might not be fully ready, either.
If we are going to see Canelo-GGG III in 2020, the safer bet may be September, on Mexican Independence weekend.