When Golovkin first popped on the U.S. radar, in 2012, against Grzegorz Proksa, in a small casino in upstate New York, he was singularly focused. The first fight of the agreement will take place on either June 8 or 15 against an opponent and at a site to be determined, but it sets up the probability of a third fight with rival Canelo Alvarez in September if Alvarez wins his middleweight unification fight with Daniel Jacobs on May 4. Golovkin is still a high-level 160-pounder, but a decision win over Daniel Jacobs and back-to-back decisions against Alvarez have dissolved the aura of invincibility that once enveloped him.

He’s probably 10-12 pounds over his weight now, so when he comes into camp he’s not abusing his body, and we can focus on working on other things.”. He still wants big fights, but he devotes more thought to his life after boxing.

The former unified middleweight world champion signed a three-year, six-fight contract … He will return to the ring in June against a ranked but likely safe opponent, so not to derail a possible third fight with Alvarez in the fall.

You wondered why with so many middleweight fighters connected to DAZN—the subscriber-based streaming service that ultimately signed Golovkin to a six-fight deal last week—he wasn’t jumping at the chance to get in that mix. "We're confident he will bring his passionate fans to the platform as we produce tentpole events with his team over the next several years.". “I want to share that with fighters who will be working with me on GGG promotions and I think with DAZN we have the right partner to put on the best fights.”. Are the Charlos elite champions? Both offered him lucrative deals and at one point Golovkin accepted an offer from ESPN in January, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, but he eventually changed his mind and did not sign.

You wondered if Golovkin, a month shy of his 37th birthday, had the same passion for the sport he did seven years ago, when he stormed onto the U.S. boxing scene and began clawing his way to the top of it. Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com reported that the current goal for DAZN is to put on a third fight between Golovkin and Alvarez: Golovkin's opponent for his first fight on DAZN is TBD.

Indeed, the hunter is now the hunted. He was also wooed by ESPN, Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions. And yet—you wondered.

Demetrius Andrade, too. Mike Coppinger Fox Sports gave further particulars regarding Golovkin's deal, including the value, which is reportedly in the eight figures per fight: BREAKING: Gennady Golovkin signed a six-fight deal with DAZN in the early-morning hours Thursday that will pay him eight figures per fight, and see him compete twice a year, per sources.

It’s unfair to expect Golovkin to be in his late 30’s what he was in his late 20’s—can anyone, in any walk of life say that?—but over the next few years he will face some stiff tests.

Golovkin and Alvarez met in both September 2017 and September 2018. LOS ANGELES — There was never any real reason to believe Gennady Golovkin was finished with boxing, not after the narrowest of losses to Saul Alvarez last September, not with promoters and networks chasing him with eight-figure per fight offers, not with the middleweight division heating up with skilled and marketable contenders. Those cards will not include fights featuring Golovkin. It is unclear how closely GGG's contract resembles the one Alvarez signed with DAZN last year. He said he is eager for another crack at Alvarez (“Of course it is important to me”) while declaring that being the undisputed middleweight champion is no longer a priority.

As Golovkin’s popularity has grown, the risk has become worth the reward.

The great thing about him and always has been is he’s very professional. Golovkin, 37, is under contract to fight six times on DAZN through 2021, paying him a reported $100 million. “Youthful and exuberant back then,” Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, said when asked to describe the difference between Golovkin then and now.

There is also the possibility of a rematch with Jacobs, whom Golovkin edged in March 2017 and who is also signed to DAZN, "Gennady Golovkin is a generational talent with international appeal," DAZN Group executive chairman John Skipper said in announcing the deal he spent months negotiating. Now, he has become the hunted.

If nothing else, Golovkin seems ready for it.

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But after Alvarez there will be Jacobs, then Andrade, then Alvarez again.

The value of GGG's nine-figure deal was not disclosed.

GGG is perhaps the biggest star in boxing aside from Canelo, which makes signing him a major coup for DAZN. “Right now I have the best partner that will let me know promote fighters on GGG Promotions and me as a fighter. That deal set a new record, paying Canelo at least $365 million over the course of 11 fights and five years.

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It isn't yet clear who GGG might clash with to begin his DAZN contract.

Sports Illustrated on the future of Golovkin and his new deal with DAZN. After Alvarez edged Golovkin to win the unified middleweight championship in their rematch in September, both fighters became broadcast free agents and HBO, where they had both boxed exclusively for years, exited the boxing business and made no effort to retain either of them. Let's just say it won't be someone anywhere near as good as Demetrius Andrade.

The 36-year-old Golovkin is 38-1-1 as a professional, and he also won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics for Kazakhstan. To his left, Abel Sanchez, his longtime trainer who along with promoter Tom Loeffler will continue to be part of Golovkin’s career. Is Fury-Wilder 3 really doomed? He was a titleholder who wanted to unify the middleweight division. Real or Not: Fury-Wilder III without fans?

The final years of Golovkin’s career will be his most challenging. Golovkin resurfaced on Wednesday, at a press conference to announce his new deal with DAZN.

“I feel great. MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline.

After six fights, I’ll see what I can do, but I have to focus on these six fights.”.

Now with DAZN, GGG has many fights on the table, 2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism. © 2020 ABG-SI LLC.

DAZN added another huge star to its impressive stable of fighters Friday by signing Gennady Golovkin to a six-fight deal, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. DAZN kept up its pursuit of Golovkin and finally landed him with the promise of shows for his promotional company and the biggest fight he could have -- the trilogy bout with Alvarez, against whom he also fought to a heavily disputed draw in September 2017. "DAZN has quickly become the new home of boxing by making the biggest events easily available to the fans," Golovkin said.

DAZN added another huge star to its impressive stable of fighters Friday by signing Gennady Golovkin to a six-fight deal, according to Chris Mannix of …

The first bout was somewhat controversially ruled a split-decision draw and featured one judge giving the fight to Alvarez by a 118-110 margin despite it appearing to be close. The former unified middleweight world champion signed a three-year, six-fight contract with sports streaming service DAZN at about 1:30 a.m. Boxing debate: Who's next for Tyson Fury, if not Deontay Wilder? Mannix added that Golovkin will fight twice per year through 2021 for DAZN. In order for that to happen, Alvarez must beat Daniel Jacobs in May, and GGG must come away victorious in his first DAZN fight.

Per Coppinger, Golovkin's signing will officially be announced at a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday, and it includes DAZN putting on two cards per year in 2020 and 2021 under the GGG Promotions banner.

Divisional rankings -- The top 10 fighters per division, WBA-IBF champ Taylor demolishes Khongsong. DAZN is already gaining a great deal of traction among hardcore boxing fans, but if it manages to put together a third fight between GGG and Canelo in the near future, that could go a long way toward drawing casual fans into buying the service as well.

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