Middleweight boxing icon Gennadiy Golovkin has been off the circuit for quite some time now. His last fight was against Canelo Alvarez on 17th September 2022. Gennadiy lost the bout in a close decision and vacated all his world titles after the bout. That was the last time he was present in the boxing circuit.
His absence for over 15 months has led the boxing community to think about whether the boxing icon has silently retired or not. Gennadiy turns 42 next April and he has turned down many astounding big-money offers since his absence from individual fighters as per @RealRickGlaser1.
#GGG hasn't fought since losing to #Canelo 16 months ago, voluntarily gave up all his World titles, since turned down several lucrative offers, & will be 42 in April. Looks like GGG simply retired, but without any official announcement. Left with a great legacy. #Boxing
— Rick Glaser (@RealRickGlaser1) December 29, 2023
Gennadiy Golovkin completed the trilogy with Canelo Alvarez in his last bout, which started on 16th September 2017. It was very close and ended in a draw. The second fight took place on 15th September 2018 and it was extremely close and ended in a mixed-decision victory for Canelo. The third fight marked Canelo victorious in one of the greatest boxing trilogies of all time.
Gennadiy’s legacy is one for the books. With a record of 42-2-1 in 45 fights, Gennadiy was undefeated for 39 bouts. He held multiple middleweight championships and was the WBA, WBC, and IBF champ simultaneously.
Gennadiy Golovkin enjoying his retired life back home?
In his recent sports drink venture in Kazhakstan, Gennadiy Golovkin featured in an ad, promoting his drink. His physical appearance had urged the fans to comment on his physique and retirement plans.
GGG testing out his new energy drink which has been released in Kazakhstan‼️ pic.twitter.com/a1SolYcsmY
— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) October 10, 2023
Lightweight boxing champion Devin Haney defended Gennadiy’s physical appearance as he commented “This is crazy that it’s even a thing.. the champ is retired! Let him live his life if he wants to get big as a house what’s the problem? He has been dedicated to the sport of boxing his whole life. GGG has paid his dues let him live now”
This is crazy that it’s even a thing.. the champ is retired! Let him live his life if he wants to get big as a house what’s the problem? He has been dedicated too the sport of boxing his whole life. GGG has paid his dues let him live now https://t.co/Jb8JUbvqjk
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) October 12, 2023
Some fans agreed with Haney’s assumption while others believe he is bulking up and putting up a lot of muscle ahead of his return. Going up the weight division at 42 might be a risky decision but Gennadiy has a reputation for sparring with heavyweights and having punch power equivalent to them, so it might be a possibility.
Gennadiy hasn’t spoken publicly about his retirement plans. It will be a surprise to the boxing community if he returns or retires, but everyone is waiting for a comment from the legendary Gennadiy Golovkin.