Golovkin can be beat by a slick boxer, says DeGale
By Scott Gilfoid: British super middleweight contender James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) believes WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) isn’t the fighter that many boxing fans and writers have built him up to be.
DeGale feels that Golovkin is a guy that has been beaten before in the past in the amateur ranks, and can be beaten again in the pros if he faces a slick boxer that can use his boxing skills to out-slick him. DeGale doesn’t say who that particular fighter is at 160, so it’s kind of one of those things where he’s talking but not backing it up with some facts.
“I’m not sure if he’s unstoppable and no one can beat him,” DeGale said to Sky Ringside. He is human. He did lose in the amateurs a couple of times. He’s human. I think a good slick fast fighter [would beat him]. I think he’d be in trouble,” DeGale said.
You have to wonder whether this is a case of jealously rearing it’s ugly head with DeGale in him taking a shot at Golovkin. After all, Golovkin is getting all kinds of love from boxing fans and the media right now, whereas DeGale is currently being ignored by the guy he wants to fight in IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch.
There isn’t any real slick fighters in the middleweight division at this time. The slick and talented fighters like the Dirrell brothers and Andre Ward fight in the super middleweight division. So, unless Golovkin moves up in weight to take them on, he’s really the ruler of the 160 pound division right now.
DeGale has a fight next month on November 22nd against Marco Antonio Periban (20-2-1, 13 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. DeGale will be risking his world title shot for the IBF 168 pound belt by taking the fight against Periban, but he feels confident enough in his skills to win this one. I’m not sure if DeGale is because Periban gave Sakio Bika all kinds of problems in their fight, and I rate Bika as a better fighter than DeGale. If Periban was able to go life and death with Bika, then he might be too much for DeGale to deal with.