The short-lived bout left no doubt that Golovkin is the real deal and is ready for the true Middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez.
But is Martinez ready for Golovkin?
According to Martinez’s promoter—Lou DiBella—Martinez won’t be stepping in against the knockout artist anytime soon.
Lou DiBella on the possibility of Martinez/Golovkin: “He’s not going to come off a 14-month layoff and fight this animal.”
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 30, 2013
Speaking with Max Kellerman after the fight, Macklin said that Golovkin is the best fighter he’s ever faced. Yes, that means that in his opinion, GGG is even better than Martinez whom he lost to by RTD in Round 11 in 2012.
For Macklin, the bout was almost over as soon as it began. As early as Round 1, he seemed very uncomfortable trying to deal with Golovkin’s offense.
Commentating ringside for HBO, Andre Ward said that Macklin was in “survival mode” as Golovkin stalked him.
To his credit though, Macklin tried to fight back and land big punches. In the end, he was simply over matched against the champion from Kazakhstan.
For Golovkin, Macklin indeed was a “good boy.”
Where does Gennady Golovkin go from here? If Martinez isn’t ready to fight by year’s end, should GGG look elsewhere?