Gennady Golovkin will attempt the 21st defence of his world titles on December 18 against Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta. GGG will make the defence as his IBF mandatory obligation at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida like all Matchroom USA shows since November. GGG will box just one day before his rival Canelo fights Callum Smith.
If Golovkin is successful on December 18, he will break the middleweight record for the most successful title defences currently shared by himself and Bernard Hopkins. GGG boxes for the third time as part of his six-fight nine-digit exclusive deal with streaming service DAZN. He was meant to make this defence in February but injury postponed that to April until it was eventually cancelled due to the pandemic
On the Undercard, new Matchroom signing WBA Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi defends her world title against Calista Silgado. The Kazakh’s protege Ali Akhmedov boxes for the IBO World Super Middleweight Title against the fellow undefeated (18-0) Carlos Gongora in a major step-up.
Britain’s John Ryder also fights on the card in a warm-up before he boxes Fedor Chudinov for the WBA (Regular) world title early next year. Prospects Reshat Mati and Jalan Walker also feature on the 6-fight card streamed on DAZN.
GGG Szeremeta: Big Drama Show
GGG followed his nemesis Canelo when he signed an exclusive 6-fight 9-digit deal with the same streaming service: DAZN in March of 2019. This was mainly done as an attempt to secure a trilogy fight with Canelo that would see him earn a career-high payday and dethrone the current P4P King. In addition to this, Golovkin had the ability to promote his own card son the platform.
Subsequently, he partnered with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in August 2019 after previously working with them to promote Golovkin Vs Brook and Golovkin Rolls which was GGG’s DAZN Debut in June of 2019. Golovkin then landed a vacant world IBF Title shot after Canelo vacated the belt due to him not being able to agree on terms with mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
GGG made his return to the Garden on October 5 beating Derevyanchenko by a tight unanimous decision with a first-round flash knockdown which ended up being the difference. He now looks towards a big fight at 160 or 168 pounds against the likes of Jermall Charlo, Billy Joe Saunders, Demetrius Andrade and most notably a Canelo trilogy. First, he must get past tough, unbeaten mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta.
Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs) is relatively unknown in the boxing world. He is ranked #3 with the IBF and is lucky to get a mandatory shot due to #1 and #2 spots being vacant as a result of Golovkin boxing Derevyanchenko and Jacobs moving up. The Polish Pugilist has not fought anyone of significant note and many think this is a mismatch.
Szeremeta won the vacant European title with a second-round stoppage of Alessandro Goddi who is far from world level. He made two successful defences against Ruben Diaz and Frenchmen Andrew Francillette both of which again lack any decent pedigree. Golovkin is 38 years old and fans do see him as vulnerable but with Szeremeta’s sub-25% KO ratio it is unlikely he will be able to hurt the man with the iron chin at all.
Instead, Szeremeta’s best chances are to outbox Golovkin but with Szeremeta’s non-exist pedigree and lack of high-quality opposition, it is unlikely he will be able to do so against the calibre of GGG who is known for his ability to cut the ring and land devastating power shots. As a result, it is likely that we will see a gross mismatch and a one-sided beatdown leading to a brutal KO if Golovkin has anything left of his greatness.