- Gennady Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta goes Friday, December 18th, 2020 at 5 PM EST
- Who emerges from this prizefight with dual championships?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Gennady Golovkin and Kamil Szeremeta will trade bombs inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Golovkin vs Szeremeta broacasts on DAZN.
The IBF and IBO middleweight world title is up for grabs with Golovkin in the role of champion opposite the unbeaten IBF mandatory contender in Szeremeta.
Gennady Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta Odds
Odds taken Dec. 15 at DraftKings
This bout has been rescheduled multiple times this year as a result of injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gennady Golovkin’s Historic Defense
GGG enters this bout on the heels of capturing both vacant titles when he wrested the IBO and IBF championships from Sergiy Derevyanchenko via unanimous decision in October 2019.
Golovkin is making his first defense during this second title reign. Consequently, a win here would mark his 21st middleweight title defense. Though some dispute the validity of his WBA regular belt, which comprised his first handful of title defenses.
This would be a historic accomplishment for GGG that would break his tie with Bernard Hopkins for the total 160-pound title defense record.
𝙇𝙚𝙩'𝙨 𝙂𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙄𝙂 𝘿𝙍𝘼𝙈𝘼 𝙎𝙃𝙊𝙒 🍿
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— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 13, 2020
This Golovkin vs Szeremeta title fight goes down a day before Canelo Alvarez takes on Callum Smith at super middleweight. The winners of each of these bouts are theorized to fight one another in 2021.
However, Alvarez might focus on unifying all of the major belts at 168 pounds and put a 160 pound trilogy with GGG on the backburner for the next two or three years but time will tell.
What happens in the next few days could very well lead to a trilogy fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. In their first bout, Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a draw, and the sequel resulted in a controversial decision win for Canelo that ended GGG’s first middleweight world title reign.
This will be a telling performance from Golovkin who is coming off of a fight against Derevyanchenko that many thought the Kazakh champion lost. He needs an impactful performance here to give him some momentum in campaigning for that third Alvarez fight.
Kamil Szeremeta’s Road to GGG
Kamil Szeremeta last competed on GGG’s undercard versus Derevyanchenko, needing only 3:45 to wipe out Oscar Cortes via TKO.
The Polish pugilist is spotless across 21 fights and is looking to play spoiler for Golovkin’s goal of achieving the title defense record.
Szeremeta just doesn’t have the firepower (5 stoppages amid 21 career wins) when compared to one of the most prolific knockout artists in middleweight history here.
GGG’s 88 percent knockout rate has carved a swath through his division. He has created a boogeyman image for himself during his combat career.
Szeremeta has logged title defenses as the European champion. But this is his first big test at a world championship level, and Golovkin has long been swimming in the deep end of this pool.
Golovkin vs Szeremeta Tale of the Tape
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This is the perfect fight for Golovkin to get back on track as he’s facing a largely unheralded opponent with minimal puncher’s chance. Especially considering GGG’s titanium jaw in past bouts against several heavy hitters.
In other words, I don’t see this prizefight scheduled for twelve rounds going the distance.
In summation, I think there’s good value in prop bets on this fight not going the distance (-750), Golovkin winning by knockout (-550), and GGG getting it done between rounds 4-6 (+175).
Pick: Gennadiy Golovkin (-3335)
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