(Photo credit, Courtesy Sumio Yamada/Christian Kuechl) By Eric Staunch: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO’s) and challenger Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KO’s) were both on target with their weights during Friday’s weigh-in for their clash at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Golovkin came in at 159.4 pounds. His opponent 33-year-old Adama cam in at 159.25 pounds.
Golovkin is expected to make easy work of Adama and become the first fighter to record a stoppage win over the veteran fighter. Adama is ranked #12 by the World Boxing Association, and he’s kind of a disappointing opponent for Golovkin, as there are many better contenders in the 160 lb. division compared to Adama.
It’s not that Adama isn’t a decent fighter, because he’s got some quality wins over the likes of Roman Karmazin, Angel Hernandez and Grady Brewer. The problem with Adama is that he’s not that good, and the opposition he’s faced has largely been utterly useless. He’s been stepped up a couple of times in his career and been beaten by the likes of Daniel Geale and Dyah Davis. Those aren’t great fighters either, yet Adama lost to them.
Adama will serge the purpose on Saturday night by being as punching bag for Golovkin to nail for as long as this fight lasts. If Adama is able to go the full 12 rounds with Golovkin, then that’s good for the fans. It’ll just mean that Adama will take a horrible beating, and that’s what a lot of fans want to see nowadays.
I’d prefer to see Golovkin matches up against someone that would be competitive with him, and give him a fight where he’d at least have to extend himself a little by coming out of 2nd gear every now and then. We won’t see that on Saturday night because Adama is too weak, too slow and too limited for him to be able to give Golovkin any kind of a match-up.
Golovkin’s next fight on April 26th will be against either James Kirkland or Geale. American boxing fans are already excited about seeing Golovkin face Kirkland. There’s less excitement about seeing Golovkin fight Geale, because that match-up lost the little luster that it ever had after Geale was whipped by Darren Barker a year ago. Geale just looks now like an undeserving contender who needs to prove himself before getting another shot, and he’s clearly not doing that with his next fight against Garth Wood on February 19th in Australia. Considering that this is Geale’s first fight since his loss to Barker, it’s understandable that he’s taking a on soft touch. But you can’t expect Geale to get a title shot off of a win over Wood.