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The Golovkin Big Drama Show Rolls On, Valdez Dominates Sanchez

Posted: 09-06-2019
Author: Andy Farr

 Gennady Golovkin vs Steve Rolls
 12 Round Middleweight Contest
 Saturday 8th June 2019
 Madison Square Garden
 Tom Loeffler
 DAZN, Sky Sports

We were hoping to see the new style that recently recruited trainer Johnathan Banks had spoken to the press about in what was expected to be a routine stoppage win for big punching former middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin against unbeaten Canadian Steve Rolls, but it was too early for those changes to take effect in what turned out to be a spirited effort from Rolls.

The easy to predict 4th round stoppage just reiterated what we had seen many times before, from the Kazakhstan native, he hits too hard for all but the 160lb elite to deal with at this stage of his career.

In the main event on a six-bout card from Madison Square Garden, the location of last weekend's huge heavyweight shocker when massive underdog Andy Ruiz Jr stopped unified ruler and to many, the number one heavyweight in the world Anthony "AJ" Joshua, "GGG" got the win and looked his usual dominating, powerful and exciting self. He reminded boxing fans why he has been so popular throughout his 13-year career.

Gennady Golovkin vs Steve Rolls poster

The 35-year-old Rolls was able to land some good clean shots on Golovkin but "GGG" has always had to take some punishment because he likes to be in range landing his power shots. Rolls had success with some overhand rights but it was when he threw his jab and right hand that "GGG" rolled under and got caught with the left hook as he came out of his roll. If he concentrates on getting his right hand up as he exits his role he will stop the left hook from landing.

"GGG" did what he normally does and tried throughout to land hard, carefully placed single shots to head and body, it was the same tried and tested "GGG." If it ain't broke don't try and fix it as they say.

Golovkin spoke about wanting to face Canelo again in a trilogy fight saying "You know, everybody knows, everybody knows, I'm ready for Canelo, I'm ready for September! Just ask him. I'm ready."

It's understood that DAZN is keen for the third Canelo vs GGG fight to happen in September, so it appears it is down to what Mexico's WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion wants to take as his next fight. Talk of Canelo moving up to 168lbs to take on WBA Super champion Callum Smith has been met with positivity and excitement from fans on social media, the fight can be made very easily due to both being on DAZN just as with the trilogy fight with "GGG".

So we wait to see what decision Golden Boy and Canelo come up with.

Oscar Valdez vs Jason Sanchez poster

Oscar Valdez wins unanimous decision in title defence against Jason Sanchez.
In his second fight under new trainer Eddy Reynoso, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez dominated game challenger Jason Sanchez in defence of his title at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, shown live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Valdez showed a more controlled offence and improved defence while winning rounds behind a stiff jab, with his left hook doing most of the damage to Sanchez throughout the 12 round title bout. It was a good performance from the 28-year-old Mexican that showed the improvements that are being made under the trainer of fellow world champion, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

Credit must be given to the challenger from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who never stopped pressing the champion. He may have been given this shot at the title a little too early, as in became evident that despite some good wins, he was not ready to win against a skilled veteran of some tough and gruelling title fights.

Valdez's 2016 title defence against former WBA super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg, when the champion fought half the bout with a broken jaw, showed the resolve of the steely champion. It is these experiences that Valdez can bring to mind when the going gets tough, that gives him an edge over young challengers like Sanchez.

In the 5th round Valdez dropped the challenger with a heavy left hook that reminded Sanchez that he couldn’t just bulldoze the champion. Sanchez soaked up some heavy shots throughout but never stopped trying. He came out for the final round with renewed vigour only to get caught and hurt by the champion's heavy-handed overhand rights and left hooks.

Sanchez should be proud of his efforts and gain confidence from the experience. He will surely get another chance at some time in the not too distant future, and with the knowledge that he can hang with the best, perhaps he can go on to win a title.

As for Valdez's future, a move up to super-featherweight appears to be imminent due to his struggles to make the 126lb limit. If he can continue to do featherweight for a while longer, then a mouth-watering bout against former two-division champion Carl Frampton has been mentioned.

That's one the fans would love to see.