One week before his return to Madison Square Garden, Gennadiy Golovkin spent the night in the battles of the first appearance of Anthony Joshua in the United States.
He did not like the one he had seen from the former former irresistible winner in the heavyweight category, who suffered a shocking break from the 7th round in the hands of Andy Ruiz.
"It's boxing, everyone has the chance," said Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) of the evening excitement during a recent conference call to discuss his upcoming match with Canadian Steve Rolls. "Anthony Joshua was not psychologically prepared for this fight."
The previous Saturday DAZN was a busy week of the fight, which started with a VIP meeting and greeting greetings on a memorial day last Monday, followed by several events that were well visited. Joshua's arrival in the US came along with thousands of his British colleagues who flew from the joyful old England for the event, undoubtedly a huge pressure for all athletes.
Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) was barely a new development, for the first time in his career outside the United Kingdom. At home at the 2012 Olympics, he would play a record crowd as he collected over 300,000 participants for his previous four defenses.
Of course, he simply popularized it – not invincible.
"It was his first fight in the United States and he felt like a superstar, he felt like Superman," said Golovkin, who was fighting for the first time when he observed that his own reign of title ended in September last year. The Olympic silver medal winner from Kazakhstan in 2004 managed to equalize the entire median mark with 20 successful defensive titles that matched Bernard Hopkins, whose title reigned from 1995-2005.
Golovkin, having won his first dog in 2012, grabbed even more defenses, but he could not surpass the legend of Hall of Fame when he dropped the contested decision to Saulu Canel Alvarez in his reunion in September last year in Las Vegas. Both of them fought in a draw a year before many believed that Golovkin was terribly ruined.
They discussed the third battle between the two best middleweights in the world, further enhanced by Golovkin after Alvarez to the DAZN-USA sports streaming service, where he debuted for the first time on Saturday with an unmanned Rolls (19-0, 11KOs). but an unjustified middle category from Toronto, Canada.
Alvarez first appeared on the platform last December in Rocky Fielding's third round – even with MSG – followed by a 12-time victory over Daniel Jacobs in May in Las Vegas, where Alvarez-Golovkin I and II hosted him.
Golovkin's final fight to MSG came in March 2017 when he beat Jacobs, prolonged his title, but finished his knockout shooter at 23 straight ahead, having held 12 rounds with a Brooklyn native. From there there was a drawing and loss of Alvarez, with a double failure of the faded Vanes Martirosian, who encountered each other as his own defensive team.
With Saturday's victory, it is expected that most of the post-conflict debates will focus on the third battle with Alvarez. First of all, one must come to the victory, which Golovkin – especially in the light of what he saw firsthand a few days ago – does not take for granted.
"It's boxing. I respect the opponent, "Golovkin said and did not want to talk about Alvarez or any other opponent, who was not named Steve Rolls. "I understand this situation and I am ready for everything."
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox