Gennady Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta Title Fight Preview
It’s been over a year since we last saw Gennady Golovkin in the ring. GGG is one of the greatest boxers of his generation, and he is headlining one of the last great events of the year. Golovkin (40-1-1 with 25 KOs) will be defending his IBF and IBO middleweight titles against Kamil Szeremeta (21-0 with 5 KOs) in a Matchroom Boxing promotion on Friday night. Given his track record, it’s no surprise that Golovkin is a massive favorite ahead of this fight.
This fight will take place on Friday, December 18, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. It will be available via DAZN in the United States with the main card getting underway at 5 p.m. ET and the main event slated to begin around 8 p.m. ET.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta Betting Odds
Gennady Golovkin -2700
Kamil Szeremeta +1100
Golovkin is one of the most storied fighters of this era. He turned heads as an amateur after winning gold at the 2003 World Championships and silver at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and he knocked opponents’ heads off their blocks when he started his professional career in 2006.
GGG won his first major title with a first-round knockout of Milton Nunez for the WBA interim middleweight belt in August 2010. That kicked off a run where he secured a knockout in 18 straight fights, and there was at least one belt on the line for all those fights. Golovkin added the IBO belt with a first-round knockout of Lajuan Simon, and he defended both of those belts for three years before adding the WBC title with a second-round KO of Marco Antonio Rubio.
An eighth-round TKO of David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden in October 2015 gave Golovkin all four middleweight belts. He went on to secure knockouts of Dominic Wade and Kell Brook, but Daniel Jacobs took him to a decision before his hyped fight with Canelo Alvarez.
Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their first fight and the second bout was full of controversy too as Alvarez won a majority decision. GGG responded with a fourth-round knockout of Steve Rolls last June before a unanimous decision win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko last October led to him reclaiming the IBF and IBO middleweight titles.
This is a tall task for Szeremeta, and a victory for him here would be the most surprising upset since Andy Ruiz Jr. knocked out Anthony Joshua last year. Szeremeta is unbeaten in his professional career, but the vast majority of his victories have come by decision and he has only taken part in a handful of 12-round fights.
Szeremeta was somewhat unknown outside of Poland before a second-round TKO of Alessandro Goddi in February 2018 earned him the European middleweight belt. He went on to retain that belt with a 10th round KO of Ruben Diaz and a unanimous decision victory over Andrew Francillette over the next year.
Since those victories, Szeremeta has only taken part in two eight-round bouts. He beat Edwin Palacios by unanimous decision in July 2019 and Oscar Cortes by second-round TKO in October 2019.
It’s never a good feeling to lay -2700 on a favorite, but GGG is one of the most dominant boxers in the history of the sport. He has unparalleled power for a middleweight, so look for him to secure a knockout in the first three rounds.