IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) says he’s interested in facing WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) in a unification bout in early 2015 in March or April if he’s interested in facing him. Soliman says he’s got another fight coming up later this year against an opponent still to be determined, but he’ll be available to fight the hard hitting Golovkin next year.
The 40-year-old Soliman had recently been talking about wanting to fight Golovkin, leading some boxing fans to believe that he was interested in facing him next. But as it turns out, Soliman has no plans of fighting Golovkin next, which leads one to wonder whether Soliman is merely name dropping Golovkin’s name to get some badly needed attention from fans in the boxing world. What better way for Soliman to get interest the easy way without having to put his neck on the line.
Mentioning Golovkin is a sure fire way for Soliman to get the kind of attention that has largely escaped him during his long 17-year pro career.
“I have a fight date later this year in the USA but will be free in March or April next year if Gennady wants to get it on,” Soliman said via Fightnews.com. “I’m hoping Gennady’s management will take up the challenge.”
That’s a long time for Golovkin to have to wait for the fight, but he’ll likely take the fight unless he has someone else like Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr facing him at that time, which is highly doubtful.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Soliman is serious about wanting to fight Golovkin or if this is just Soliman name dropping to keep his name out there in the boxing public for fans to think about him.
It’s a good strategy for him to take, because it increases the chances of Soliman’s next fight drawing a lot of interest even if he’s not facing Golovkin.
Golovkin stopped Australian fighter Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) in the 3rd round last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Soliman had said before the fight that Geale had a good chance of beating Golovkin, but as it turns out, Geale was no match at all for the powerful WBA champion and it quickly turned into a rout.
Soliman’s fighting style is very, very similar to that of Geale’s. The main difference is that Soliman is more willing to engage than Geale, and he would likely have big problems due to the incredible timing that Golovkin has on his shots. Soliman uses a lot of in and out movement where he charges forward with a jab leading the way and then looks to land one or two shots before clinching.
It’s a technique where his opponents are forced to try and time his attacks or else they end up taking a lot of shots. Soliman’s use of feints to disguise his attacks is what makes him so effective. It’s nearly impossible to know when he’s going to attack for sure because he’s constantly faking his opponents out.