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“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.
1) 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.”
Rolls’ team is confident (for some reason): Rolls’ resume suggests he’s not in the same league as Golovkin. The best win of Rolls’ career likely was against journeyman KeAndrae Leatherwood last December. So, what makes his team think he can pull off the upset? “I think Steve has mostly everything on top of GGG,” said trainer Tommy Howat.
“I mean, we really respect GGG. But I know he’s faster than GGG. I know he’s got better footwork. But the best thing about Steve, he’s a very, very, very intelligent fighter. I’ve never seen him be dominated in any situation over the 14 years that I’ve been coaching him. So Steve’s timing, footwork, speed. I think GGG maybe have a slight, slight edge on power. But power doesn’t win fights. It’s the intelligence of Steve that’s going to win this fight.”
3) Can an Andy Ruiz upset happen again? A week after massive underdog Andy Ruiz knocked out heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden, Lou DiBella—Rolls’ promoter—is hoping for some Ruiz magic. Apparently, DiBella made it so that Rolls will get the same MSG dressing room Ruiz used last week before he shocked Joshua. And both fighters this week have talked about the Ruiz effect. “I was all ready to shock the world, the Ruiz victory made everybody understand that anything could happen,” Rolls said. “I’m up next and ready to do the same thing.” Said Golovkin: “Andy Ruiz just showed us that an underdog should not be underestimated.” Golovkin apparently isn’t ready to suffer the same fate as Joshua.
Golovkin has been having a more difficult time beating elite middleweights in the past few years. There’s no indication Rolls is anything close to elite. Give Golovkin a few rounds to get warmed up, and he’ll knock out Rolls in the fifth.
DAZN scores big viewership: How big was Ruiz’s victory vs. Joshua? Big enough that he’s become an instant superstar in the mainstream world. One reason for that? The number of people who watched the fight on DAZN.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Ruiz-Joshua fight was the third-most viewed fight in DAZN history, behind Canelo Alvarez’s wins vs. Rocky Fielding and Daniel Jacobs. Of course, most of the viewership likely came from those tuning in to see Joshua.
But Ruiz, who made a $7 million purse and who is already seen as an underdog in his potential rematch vs. Joshua, likely attracted plenty of new fans. If he eventually becomes a star, he can look at fighting on DAZN as a big reason why.
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