Multiple reports are surfacing that middleweight titleholder Gennadiy Golovkin has officially vacated his IBF middleweight world title. The news comes as Golovkin had been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Esquiva Falcao, with Golovkin obviously having other plans at the moment.
Per IBF and Team GGG, Gennadiy Golovkin has officially vacated the IBF middleweight title. That means the WBA will immediately order GGG’s mandatory vs. regular titlist Erislandy Lara. #boxing— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) February 8, 2023
So with Golovkin now out as far as the IBF title is concerned, it appears there may soon come a new order for the now vacant belt.
Golovkin, 40, made his last appearance in September 2023, when he lost a trilogy match against Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin has long been seen as a boogeyman in the sport of boxing but in recent years he’s begun to show clear signs of aging, which is really only to be expected from a fighter of his age.
For now, however, Golovkin maintains his WBA title and we’ll just have to see what exactly he intends on doing as he continues his boxing career.