Dibella: Macklin will be the hardest fight of Golovkin’s career
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Lou Dibella is hoping his fighter Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) will be able to pull off a huge upset on Saturday night against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Dibella thinks it’s going to be a tough, tough fight for Golovkin either way; easily the hardest of his career.
Dibella said to ESPN New York “Matt’s [Macklin] not going to be scared Saturday. Gennady is going to have to walk though fire. It’s going to be the hardest fight of his career.”
I’ve been hearing how Macklin thinks he can punch as hard as Golovkin, but I don’t see it. And I definitely don’t see Macklin as being the toughest fight of Golovkin’s career. The toughest fight of Golovkin’s career came against Kassim Ouma back in 2010.
That was a tough fight because Ouma was able to take enormous punishment in lasting to the 10th round, and he dished out some punishment on his own in landing a lot of hard shots. However, Golovkin eventually wore Ouma down and stopped in the 10th round.
Ouma hasn’t fought since. Golovkin is a better fighter now then he was back then because he can fight on the inside now and he’s murderous with the body punching he does. I think that part of his game is one of the best things that Golovkin has going for him now because he can take advantage of his opponents when he gets on the inside by landing big body and head shots from in close.
His last two opponents Gabriel Rosado and Nobuhiro Ishida didn’t let Golovkin show what he can do on the inside because they were constantly moving, but Grzegorz Proksa let Golovkin work in close and he ended up getting knocked down three times.
Macklin is going to have it tough because he can’t cope with Golovkin on the outside and if he tries to take it to the inside, that’s where Golovkin is going to really get him.
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