Rolls vs GGG: Gennadiy Golovkin, one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, will look to bounce back from the first loss of his professional career when he takes on Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 8, live an exclusively on DAZN.
For the first time since his disputed loss to Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin steps back into the ring on Saturday, making his DAZN debut vs. the undefeated but unheralded Steve Rolls. Golovkin is hungering for a third fight with Alvarez, and considering they’re now both on DAZN, it seems likely that he’ll get his wish.
First, though, he’ll have to beat Rolls.
“This is not a game for me and for him,” said Golovkin, who is competing in the first fight of his six-fight, $100 million deal with DAZN. “I believe this is biggest chance for him. I remember my situation. I remember my position like Steve Rolls feels right now, first fight in Madison Square Garden, just undefeated, just nobody beat me, just nobody knows how [I’m] doing this.”
Golovkin says he sees a younger version of himself in Rolls. The sports books show Golovkin as a big favorite. He’s at -3500, meaning you’d have to wager $3,500 to win $100. Rolls, meanwhile, is a 12/1 underdog. It’s interesting, though. Before the Ruiz-Joshua fight last week, Golovkin was a -10000 favorite. Those odds have shifted significantly in Rolls’ favor since Ruiz’s upset.
Either way, there are plenty of reasons to watch Golovkin vs. Rolls. Here are three of them.
Golovkin has a new trainer: After unceremoniously dumping his longtime trainer Abel Sanchez in April—Sanchez responded by saying Golovkin had no “ethics, honor or integrity”—Golovkin has spent the last several weeks working with former cruiserweight title challenger-turned-coach Johnathon Banks. This is only the second big name to be trained by Banks—the first was Wladimir Klitschko after legendary trainer Emanuel Steward died. Now, after an uneven run with Klitschko, Banks get his chance with Golovkin. “The first workout we had was not so much about me wanting to change him, because he’s a set fighter,” Banks said. “He’s going to do what he’s going to do. It’s not what I can add, but what natural talent do I see that I can pull out of him that allows him to be a little bit more efficient against any style instead of just some styles.”