A fight against Brandon “Cannon” Adams (21-2, 13KOs) had been previously reported for June 8th, but the contender season 5 winner ended up choosing undefeated WBC Interim Champion Jermall Charlo (28-0, 21KOs). It doesn’t change the outcome in my eyes, but Adams has more to gain in this fight. If he somehow wins, he becomes the mandatory for Unified Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (51-1-2, 35KOs). Charlo is coming off a close decision win over Matt Korobov (28-2, 14KOs), who gave him all he could handle. It made some people backtrack on the hype. However, Charlo should win this fight. I’m sure he went back to the drawing board with his team and learned from his mistakes in the Korobov fight. It could be viewed as a step back for the young contender, but a tune up fight is in order after his shaky performance in his most recent fight.
Former unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34KOs) will have to find another opponent. June 8th will be GGG’s DAZN debut. The first fight of his 6-fight deal and will be a tune up for the long anticipated trilogy fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez that could potentially take place in early Fall. Both of their fights have been fairly close, the first ending in a split draw, and the second, Canelo edging out a razor thin majority decision.
Golovkin is getting up there in age. He will turn 37 just before this bout. One would think, how much can he possibly have left in the tank? Why did he sign a 6 fight deal, and not something shorter? GGG has a bulletproof chin, excellent conditioning, still packs a mean punch and has never been dominated or beaten decisively. This fight is just a tune up for the old warhorse, someone to keep him busy before he fights Canelo Alvarez for a third time. I don’t expect him to fight a big name. Whoever he and his team choose will for sure be viewed as a keep busy tune up fight. We will be happy to see him get back on his horse and get back on track.
Now we wonder, who else is available? Who can GGG possibly fight? light middleweight, Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26KOs) has recently stated that he is ready for a fight with GGG – it would be a big step up for Munguia. That fight is unlikely to happen right now because Munguia has a scheduled fight April 13th, and it is unlikely that he makes a fight for June 8th on such a tight turnaround against a fighter of GGG’s caliber.
Another fighter whose name has been floated around is European Middleweight Champion Kamil Szeremeta (19-0, 4KOs). While he doesn’t have the power to go toe-to-toe with GGG, he is a very solid boxer.
What about Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan? It’s a name that was floated for a last minute replacement last May to fight GGG. He recently won by TKO in a fight that took place in March. Would he be interested? One name under the DAZN umbrella, not well known, but someone who could at least last more than 2 rounds – John Ryder (27-4 15KOs), who normally fights at 168lbs, but fought at 160 in 2016, and would possibly cut down to middleweight for a big name opponent like GGG. Of course, GGG would likely win this bout with ease, but it’s ideal for him at this point. I can’t really think of any other potential opponents at this time, unless his team searches the light middleweight ranks, which is unlikely.
WBC Silver Middleweight Champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (37-3 21KOs) name is being floated around as a potential opponent, one who would be a respectable tune up. He recently won a majority decision over Martin Murray (37-5-1 17KOs) in December. N’Dam is a 2-time olympian, and is a former world champion. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
On the co-feature bout, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (27-0, 17KOs) will be taking on Polish challenger Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11KOs), who is coming off of a unanimous decision victor against journeyman, Gabriel Rosado (24-12-1, 14KOs). The only loss Sulecki has taken came against Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29KOs), by unanimous decision. Andrade doesn’t really have any wins over opponents that jump out at you. This fight should send him in the right direction, to bigger and better names.