The Enigma of GGG: Has Golovkin silently slipped into retirement?

By Dan Ambrose - 12/29/2023 - Comments

Former middleweight King Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin, who ruled the 160-lb division for many years, has been missing in action for the last 16 months, causing some to believe he’s quietly slipped into retirement without announcing it.

The former IBF, WBA & WBC 160-lb champion Golovkin (42-2, 37 KOs) will be turning 42 in April and hasn’t fought since losing a narrow twelve round unanimous decision to Canelo Alvarez in their trilogy fight in September 2022.

It was a fight that Golovkin could have won if he’d started pressing Canelo earlier, as he dominated him in the second half of the contest and fought well enough to deserve a draw.

Is this the end for GGG?

Golovkin has vacated his middleweight title, and he’s not publicly talked of wanting to face the likes of Jermall Charlo, Jaime Munguia, or David Benavidez.

Boxing fans on social media speculate that they’ve seen the last of Golovkin inside the ring and that he’s walked away from the sport without letting anyone know.

That said, with the Saudis staging huge money events in their country, you can’t rule out GGG returning to the ring if he’s offered a massive payday for a fight against one of the big names at 160, 168, or 175.

Golovkin has made a lot of money during his 17-year professional career, with a net worth estimated at $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. With that kind of money, GGG doesn’t need to keep his career going.

Some fans feel that Golovkin was just waiting around for his trilogy fight for four years, which is why he only fought four times from 2018 to 2022 until finally getting the third clash against the Mexican superstar.

The fact that Golovkin hasn’t made a retirement announcement suggests that he’s keeping one foot in the door, leaving open the possibility of him returning to the ring if he receives a lucrative offer, perhaps a chance to avenge his two losses to Canelo in a fight in Saudi Arabia.

It’s hard to believe that Golovkin would turn down a chance to fight Canelo a fourth time. Most boxing fans believe that Golovkin was robbed in his first fight with Canelo in 2017, a fight that scored a twelve round draw.

If this is the end of Golovkin’s career, he has these fine wins for fans to remember him by:

– Ryota Murata
– Daniel Jacobs
– Kell Brook
– Martin Murray
– Willie Monroe Jr
– Kassim Ouma
– Curtis Stevens
– David Lemieux
– Daniel Geale
– Matthew Macklin
– Vanes Martirosyan
– Gabriel Rosado
– Grzegorz Proksa

YouTube video