Makoto Fuchigami meets Gennady Golovkin today in Brovary, Ukraine. (Photo via WBA)
Gennady Golovkin defends his imitation version of the WBA middleweight title against Japan's Makoto Fuchigami, and WBO junior middleweight titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov is also in action, facing 22-year-old Frenchman Michel Soro33. We'll be here with live results and round-by-round coverage, even though we're a bit late and the show itself has already started on BoxNation in the UK.
Golovkin (22-0, 19 KO) is in theory looking to finally win and get his crack at WBA "super" titlist Felix Sturm, or one of the other top middleweights, but well, it doesn't seem likely. The 30-year-old Golovkin is getting a bit too old for this shit in some ways, as he's not a young, blue chip prospect, and but rather at this point, a six-year veteran who has been calling himself world champion for a year and a half despite lousy competition that apparently isn't threatening to get any better.
Fuchigami (19-6, 10 KO) is a 28-year-old scrapper who had a brawl in December with Koji Sato, which may be his most notable win. Fuchigami hasn't lost a fight since 2009, a run of nine straight wins, eight by stoppage.
Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KO) was a promising fighter before his December 2008 TKO loss to Cornelius Bundrage, which set him back a bit in the minds of many. But Bundrage has since then gone on a good run of his own, and now holds the IBF 154-pound belt, so perhaps Zaurbek didn't take that much of a hit that night after all. He's gone 7-0 since then, though against lower-mid-tier opposition, with his better wins against the likes of Richard Gutierrez and Mike Miranda. At 27, the Russian is a fringe contender at 154, really, a back end top ten sort of guy.
Soro (18-0, 11 KO) is young. At 22, he's only had one fight scheduled for 12 (he won a UD-12), and two fights scheduled for 10 (TKOs in 4 and 6). I admit I know nothing about him. For all I know, we're about to seeing boxing's next great star. Or some dude from France.