Golovkin vs. Nunez for WBA middleweight interim title on August 14th
By Dan Ambrose: Number #1 ranked WBA middleweight contender Gennady Golovkin (18-0, 15 KO’s) will be fighting Colombian middleweight contender Milton Nunez (21-1-1, 19 KO’s) for the World Boxing Association middleweight interim title on August 14th at the Arena Roberto Duran, in Panama City, Panama. Instead of fighting Nunez, who is only ranked number #13 by the WBA, Golovkin should be fighting WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm for the title. After all, Sturm hasn’t defended his WBA title for an entire year since July 11th 2009, and it’s silly that’s allowed to hold onto the title for an entire year without once defending it. Sturm, 31, will finally be defending his WBA middleweight title on September 4th against Giovanni Lorenzo, who oddly enough, isn’t even ranked in the top 15 by the WBA.
That’s hard to understand who the WBA is going to let Sturm defend his title against Lorenzo rather than Golovkin. The only good that will come out of all this is once Golovkin defeats Nunez next week, he’ll then be in a good position to finally get a shot against Sturm after all these years of waiting in line while Sturm fought the likes of Koki Sato, Jamie Pittman, Noe Gonzales Alcoaba, Randy Griffin, Khoren Gevor and Sebastian Sylvester.
Golovkin is a 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist from Kazakhstan, who defeated Andre Dirrell, Andy Lee, Matvey Korobov and Lucian Bute in the amateur ranks. Upon turning pro in 2006, Golovkin relocated to Germany and has racked up a series of impressive wins, albeit against largely 2nd tier opposition. At this point in his career, Golovkin really hasn’t anyone of talent. He’s still fighting pretty much B level fighters. That trend will continue against Nunez, who really is a nothing more than a fringe contender.
Nunez was knocked out in the 1st round by Nilson Julio Tapia two years ago and then fought to an eight round draw with Segundo Herrera. Almost all of Nunez’s wins have come against low level opposition with losing records. It’s strange that with a record based on mostly fluff that he’s ranked in the top 15. That will probably change after Golovkin knocks Nunez out on August 14th. Even after beating Nunez, Golovkin is probably going to have to wait a considerable amount of time before Sturm finally fights him. It’s likely going to be awhile, possibly until late 2011.