Gennadiy Golovkin, 40, is no longer one of the best.
That was evident on Saturday in Las Vegas, where he looked at his age in a unanimous-decision loss against super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in their third bout.
He did nothing for 2/3 of the match but showed some signs of life over long periods of time, which may have saved him from embarrassment.
All in all, though, the Triple-G we saw at T-Mobile Arena is nothing short of a beast that has run roughshod through a long list of solid midweight opponents for more than a decade. That fighter plane is gone.
As a result, Golovkin (unfortunately 13th in the most recent rankings) dropped off the Boxing Junkie weight balance list.
That allows Jermall Charlo and Shakur Stevenson to move up a notch from 14 and 15, respectively. And Roman Gonzalez rose from Honor to 15th.
Golovkin is replaced on the list by veteran Kazuto Ioka, who returns as Honorary Mention. The Japanese bantamweight player last fought in July, when he easily eliminated Donnie Nietes to avenge his previous decisive loss.
Meanwhile, Alvarez (No. 7) has returned to the winning streak after a painful loss to Dmitry Bivol in May. However, one win over this version of Golovkin was not enough for him to climb the list. He stays still.
Stevenson, who is on the rise, is expected to defend his 130-pound title against Robson Conceicao on Friday in Newark, New Jersey.
Here’s what the current list looks like:
- Terence Crawford – It is reported that an agreement has been reached to meet Errol Spence Jr for the undisputed welterweight title on November 19 in Las Vegas but no official announcement has been made.
- Naoya Inoue – It is reported that an agreement has been reached to meet Paul Butler for the undisputed bantamweight title on December 13 in Japan but no official announcement has been made.
- Oleksandr Usyk – No scheduled combat.
- Errol Spence Jr. – It is reported that an agreement has been reached to meet Terence Crawford for the undisputed welterweight title on November 19 in Las Vegas but no official announcement has been made.
- Tyson Fury – It is reported that an agreement has been reached to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua on December 3 but no official announcement has been made.
- Dmitry Bivol – Scheduled to defend his WBA light heavyweight title against Gilberto Ramirez on November 5 in the United Arab Emirates.
- Canelo Alvarez– No scheduled combat.
- Vasiliy Lomachenko – It is reported that an agreement has been reached to meet with Jamaine Ortiz on October 29 in New York but no official announcement has been made.
- Juan Francisco Estrada – Scheduled to face Roman Gonzalez on December 3. Estrada is the WBC bantamweight “franchise champion”.
- Jermell Charlo – It is reported that an agreement has been reached to defend his undisputed junior middleweight championship against Tim Tszyu on January 28 but no official announcement has been made.
- Gervonta Davis – No scheduled combat.
- Artur Betterbiev – Was scheduled to defend his unification title against Anthony Yarde on October 29. However, the fight was postponed after Beterbiev was injured. No new date has been announced.
- Jermall Charlo – There are no scheduled fights.
- Shakur Stevenson – Scheduled to defend his unified lightweight title against Robson Conceicao on September 23 in Newark, NJ
- Roman Gonzalez – Expected to face WBC bantamweight “franchise champion” Juan Francisco Estrada on December 3.
Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order): David Benavidez (no scheduled combat); Stephen Fulton Jr. (no scheduled combat); Devin Haney (scheduled to defend her undisputed lightweight championship in a rematch against George Kambosos Jr. on October 16 in Australia); Kazuto Ioka (no scheduled combat); Josh Taylor (allegedly in talks to defend his WBO welterweight title in a rematch with Jack Catterall in January but no deal has been made).