Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1) meets Steve Rolls (19-0) in a Middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 8.
Golovkin, the Kazakhstani former unified middleweight champion, has 34 KOs on his record and has fought at the very highest level. The one draw and solitary defeat on his resume were both on decisions against Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and plenty of observers believe that he should have won both of those fights.
At 35 years old, it’s taken Steve Rolls an astonishingly long time to finally get a crack at the upper echelons of the Middleweight division and it’s difficult not to come to the conclusion that it’s as a result of the Canadian not being of the requisite standard, rather than anything else.
True, he’s won all 19 of his professional fights, with 10 KOs. However, Golovkin is a massive jump in class and it’s difficult to envisage him knocking out a fighter of his level if he has barely a 50% success rate of doing so against vastly inferior opponents.
Gennady Golovkin vs Steve Rolls Betting Lines & Pick
Steve Rolls’ trainer Tommy Howat has confidence in his fighter, insisting that although Rolls hasn’t fought any recognizable names, he has sparred with and held his own against the likes of Adonis Stevenson, David Lemieux, Billy Joe Saunders, Glen Johnson, Andy Lee and Lucian Bute.
You will struggle to find any boxing predictions backing Rolls to win this fight, with the betting lines on Golovkin to win in the Fight Result winner odds being a very prohibitive -5000 with Betway Sports. The Draw is +3300 with 888Sport and the line on Rolls is at +1400 also with 888Sport.
Golovkin has to be the betting pick as things stand, but it will be best to wait until other markets become available and perhaps back him to win in ‘Round Group Betting’ markets for an early finish.