“Perhaps the only point of interest in this throwaway main event was this: Golovkin now seems to be fighting both opponents and his age. However stout his chin (and Golovkin is an absorber par excellence), however feeble his opponent, however foregone the fight’s conclusion, a world-class fighter should not take the kind of leather Golovkin took against Rolls. It is time to dispel forever that piece of fanatic lunacy that Golovkin takes punches in the name of drama—he takes them because he can’t help it. And he is open to them now more than ever in part because time has taken from him what Dominic Wade and Vanes Martirosyan and even Jacobs and Alvarez could not.”

Read Still Good for a GIF or Two: Gennadiy Golovkin Returns, Stops Steve Rolls on Hannibal Boxing.


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