Is “GGG” The Straw That Stirs The Middleweight Drink?

BY David A. Avila ON July 05, 2013
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Golovkin punches Macklin by showtimeAfter a couple of years of trying to percolate among the boxing public that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is a genuine knockout machine not built of straw, the WBA and IBO middleweight champion convinced the doubters after three rounds of dominance.

Now it’s time to shift gears and decipher the middleweight division to see who can possibly survive the Kazakhstan killer among the ultra-competitive middleweight division. Golovkin is firmly entrenched at the head of the pack.

“It was an easy fight for me,” said Golovkin. Not bragging, just stating a fact after stopping Matthew Macklin in the third round.

Golovkin trains in Big Bear Lake a mountain resort located in Southern California. It’s also in close proximity to several other middleweight contenders and world title belt holders like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Peter Quillen and Sergio Martinez. Another is East L.A’s Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora.

Ironically, Mora fought a day earlier against an old Golovkin foe Grzegorz Proksa in Jacksonville. Florida. After 10 rounds of feints and counters it was clear that Mora was the superior middleweight.

Golovkin and his crew maintain that Proksa was their toughest foe. It’s an interesting side note that could lead to something more between the two.

“I’m pretty shocked that Golovkin said Proksa was his toughest fight, because he was very easy for me,” said Mora, who won by unanimous decision. “It’s rare when you get out of a fight with nary a scratch…he’s (Proksa) a smaller version of Sergio Martinez.”

Mora is a defensive stylist in the mode of a Wilfredo Benitez. You might call him “Mexican Radar” because he is the California version of the Puerto Rican dandy with moves so slick he could slip out of a straitjacket while evading monster blows. He’s the X factor of the middleweights. Who will risk fighting Mora?

Recently Golovkin asked Mora to provide sparring. It was politely declined.

“I told Golovkin’s people I’m not a sparring partner and that I want to fight him,” said Mora, a former junior middleweight world champion.

Mora wants Golovkin. But do the others?

Rest of the middleweight drink

Several weeks ago WBC middleweight titlist Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez nearly lost his crown to Martin Murray. The Argentine southpaw with the fancy hands down stance was nailed and dropped in the eighth round by the Brit. Many feel Martinez should have lost the decision. The Argentine was injured once again and seems to be falling apart like old Styrofoam. Can he return to his previous brilliance?

Murray is no slouch. He keeps fighting champions in their native country and not emerging with a victory. He fought Germany’s Felix Sturm in 2011 and though he looked dominant, he could only muster a draw from the judges. He’s the “hard luck Charlie” of the bunch.

Australia’s Danny Geale did what Murray could not, that was convince at least two judges that he was the superior middleweight when they fought last September 1 in Germany. He’s biding his time and was present at the Golovkin-Macklin blowout.

Geale had made one acute prediction when he said to a reporter “I think a lot will be learned, especially about Golovkin on Sunday.”

The world learned Golovkin is one heck of a puncher. And as his trainer Abel Sanchez has maintained for years, he prefers that his fighter put the defensive onus on the other fighter.

“When you are on your heels you can’t fire back with power,” said Sanchez who also trained former junior middleweight champions Terry Norris and Lupe Aquino. “Gennady’s offense is his best defense.”

Now defense is what Mora does best. His impressive win over Proksa surprised many and when it comes to style match-ups, nobody can prepare for a quirky style all his own. That’s what Proksa discovered.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. lives down the mountain from GGG when he visits his mom in Riverside. He formerly trained at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood but may not be aligned with the master trainer Freddie Roach any longer. A couple of years ago he sparred with GGG and discovered his tough chin and ability to take a blow might not be an asset. Cameras were rolling and Chavez had a tough time. Against any other middleweight Chavez can provide a challenge. Would he be willing to return inside the ring with GGG for real money?

Speaking of the Wild Card, the current WBO titlist Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillen still trains in the popular fight haven. Trainer Eric Brown has his primed for a showdown with anybody. Few middleweights have improved in such wide leaps. Power, speed and toughness seem to be his primary tools. Will it be enough against any of these other middleweights? Will he risk it all against GGG?

Mora is keen on a middleweight rumble similar to what occurred in 2001 when Bernard Hopkins and Felix “Tito” Trinidad led a middleweight tournament to find the true world champion.

“I think the middleweight division is on an even keel,” said Mora by cell phone on Saturday. “Danny Geare, Golovkin, Sergio Martinez, Chavez and Peter Quillen who hasn’t fought anyone either but could give anyone trouble.”

Chavez is scheduled to fight Brian Vera on Sept. 7 at the Staples Center in L.A. It’s a perfect time to include the other middleweights. GGG and Mora would be all in.

“I hear Golovkin wants to fight in LA. I’m a former world champion and have never been knocked out,” said Mora, a former junior middleweight world champion. “I’m here for them. If I have to take another solid middleweight fight I’m open for that too.”

The drink is stirred.

Comment on this article

brownsugar says:

Chavez wants to fight either Ward or GGG because he wants to cash in. Junior has learned that he can't smoke pot... be a rich young playboy and carry the the weighty Chavez name on his shoulders at the same time...might as well be retired by the best.... I'd like to see GGG solve the puzzle of Mora...I guarantee you The Latin Snake would be forced to crawl back into his whole within 8 rounds or less. There are no bad fights will GGG until he moves up to a weight class where guys are big enough to effectively clinch him.

Carmine Cas says:

I only saw the last few rounds of the Mora fight, it was not good. It would only be a matter of time before GGG finds the prancing Mora and stops him. Ideally I'd like to see GGG fight Quillen next

amayseng says:

the mora fight was as awful as the analogy of the title of this article.... ha.


mora should be nicknamed "bora-ing"

see, i can be corny too...


but hell NO to a mora fight....

brownsugar says:

I only saw the last few rounds of the Mora fight, it was not good. It would only be a matter of time before GGG finds the prancing Mora and stops him. Ideally I'd like to see GGG fight Quillen next


Carmine....that's what a lot of people want to see...unfortunately TR would never allow it . Teddy Atlas just said even a blind squirrel finds an acorn. That would be the story of Quillen and GGG...
Quillen landing the rare hard shot while GGG dissects him enroute to another brutal stoppage.

amayseng says:

Qullin will get decapitated.
He's a hard puncher but lacks foot agility. Trunk agility. And coordination


And what the hell is Oliver doing?
Flopping all over the ring on espn2.

brownsugar says:

Giving Dibb more competition than should be possible.

brownsugar says:

Dibb looks like he's finally gaining control. I've heard of fighting down to the level of the competition.. but Dibb gives new meaning to the term...life or death with a supposedly shot fighter...oh the drama.
Still mildly entertaining

Radam G says:

Hehehe! Witty spit: "Mora is the Mexican Radar." But 3g would jam that radar. The Latin Snake would get blasted out by a supersonic stealth machine, not run over a train or car. He wilp never what hit him. Holla!

amayseng says:

Dibb looks like he's finally gaining control. I've heard of fighting down to the level of the competition.. but Dibb gives new meaning to the term...life or death with a supposedly shot fighter...oh the drama.
Still mildly entertaining


Did is God awful at spacing.

The guy smothers his own power.

It's beyond amateurish.

brownsugar says:

Did is God awful at spacing.

The guy smothers his own power.

It's beyond amateurish.


Agreed...being a fan of Dibb hoping to see progress must be the most frustrating thing in the world

amayseng says:

B-sug how's everything coming along with the young one?

brownbomber says:

the mora fight was as awful as the analogy of the title of this article.... ha.


mora should be nicknamed "bora-ing"

see, i can be corny too...


but hell NO to a mora fight....


I saw mora vs sugared Shane at staples I believe in 2010. I find him boring and I wish I could get my money back lol. That was the day canelo fought baldomir and ko'd him in round 4 I think

brownsugar says:

B-sug how's everything coming along with the young one?


These twelve year old boys talk all the time...never stop eating... and think they have omnipotent knowledge about life while being nerdier than a bus load of Harry Potty clones.

amayseng says:

These twelve year old boys talk all the time...never stop eating... and think they have omnipotent knowledge about life while being nerdier than a bus load of Harry Potty clones.


Haha.
Classic.

That's where the whiskey comes in!

brownsugar says:

Yep I could use a stiff shot of Irish whiskey right now before the Price/ Thompson fight on Wealth TV....lol.

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