Fans favourite Gennady Golovkin is back this weekend and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse picks GGG for another stunning knockout win...
"This is a real step up in class for Kamil and that should become obvious as the bout goes on."
Matchroom go stateside
Eddie Hearn for Matchroom Boxing presents a Christmas treat as the UK promotional giant join forces with GGG Promotions for Gennady Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta. This contest will be for the IBF and IBO middleweight world titles as Triple G aims to show he remains a main player in the division despite being 38 years old.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood plays host to this 12-round battle and fight fans on this side of the Atlantic can keep pace with the action thanks to the live Sky Sports coverage. You can also add extra spice to the occasion by playing one of Betfair's fascinating betting markets.
Triple G brings an 83% KO average
Golovkin has become a real fans' favourie since making his professional debut with a first-round knockout win back in 2006. The fighting pride of Kazakhstan boasts a record of 40 wins against just one defeat and a draw. 35 of his victories have come inside the distance, giving Gennady a stunning 83% knockout average. He's one of the biggest hitters in world boxing today and more than holds his own in the stats alongside the all-time greats of the division.
The only slight blot on Golovkin's card was inflicted by long-term rival Saul Alvarez who is also in action this weekend, taking on Britain's Callum Smith. The Mexican fought out a controversial draw with GGG in 2017 before Canelo settled the score with a points win in the rematch a year later. Since that loss, Golovkin has won each of his two comeback bouts.
He was last seen in action out-pointing Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden, New York in October of 2019. In what was a competitive fight, Golovkin got the decision by three rounds on a couple of scorecards and one round on the other. Golovkin is 1.051/20 favourite in the fight winner market on the Betfair Exchange with a KO/TKO 1.141/7 and a second points cheer on the bounce 43/1.
Szeremeta relies on his boxing skills
Unbeaten Polish fighter Szeremeta arrives hoping his famous opponent is on the slide in the latter part of his career and he'll be eager to take full advantage. The 31-year-old from Bialystok brings a CV detailing 21 wins from as many starts but only five of his victories have come by way of knockout. He doesn't possess anywhere near the power as the man standing in the opposite corner so is likely to rely on his boxing skills and ring craft to impress the scoring judges.
Despite a lowly 24% KO average, Kamil did win by stoppage in his most recent fight when stopping Mexico's Oscar Cortes in round two of a bout scheduled for eight in New York last year. It was a win that would have done wonders for his confidence but the fact the beaten man had a 27-4-0 record at the time takes the shine off that result ever so slightly.
The pre-bout betting suggests Szeremeta is here as a mere opponent and will prove to be little more than another win on Golovkin's record. He arrives with a proud unbeaten record but without the pressure placed on the shoulders of GGG. Szeremeta to win is 2322/1 on the Betfair Exchange with a points verdict 1615/1 and the KO/TKO 17.5.
Step up for the underdog
The betting tells us this will be a case of how Golovkin gets the job done and I have to agree. It's obvious we've already seen the best GGG has to offer but there's still plenty of power in his work and he showed last time he has what it takes to grind out wins.
This is a real step up in class for Kamil and that should become obvious as the bout goes on. We're taking a pop at Golovkin to win by stoppage in the second half of the contest as the favourite finds his range before getting off the big shots.