Gennady Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls
|Date & Time||Saturday June 8, 2019, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
The Line: Golovkin -5005 / Rolls +2695 -- Over/Under:
Gennady Golovkin and Steve Rolls fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Gennady Golovkin enters this fight with a 38-1-1 record that includes 34 knockouts. Golovkin has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a September loss against Saul Alvarez. Golovkin is fresh off another controversial bout against Canelo, as he was rewarded his first career loss despite outlanding his opponent in eight of the 12 rounds. Canelo was more accurate with his punches, but GGG was the busier fighter and landed more, so a case can be made he should still be undefeated. Golovkin is 37 years old, stands at 5’10” with a 70-inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Regardless of his recent results, Golovkin doesn’t have the same feel he did a few years ago, as three of his last four bouts have ended in decisions and he has looked a little sluggish at times. Golovkin still obviously has the knockout power in both hands and is very calculated with his attack who works well behind his jab, but his recent results and age do take some of the edge off of his name. It wasn’t that long ago when Golovkin was the scariest name in boxing, but that’s no longer the case, even if he’s still highly dangerous and a top-three middleweight in the world. With a high work rate and extreme toughness, Golovkin should still put fear into lesser opponents looking for a quick payday. This will be Golovkin’s seventh career fight in New York.
Steve Rolls enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Rolls’ third fight since 2018, and he’s coming off a December win over KeAndrae Leatherwood. Rolls is fresh off winning the USBA middleweight title and is unbeaten since making his pro debut in 2011 against Paul Bzdel. Rolls is 35 years old, stands at 5’10”, has a 72-inch reach and an orthodox stance. From limited film available, Rolls throws wild combinations and likes throwing in a hard hook to the body. While his defensive effort is going to be a concern in this bout, Rolls has enough power and work rate to be effective if he’s allowed to dictate the pace. The problem is Rolls doesn’t have a single notable name on his resume, so it’s fair to question how he’s going to hold up, as this is equivalent of a middle schooler jumping to the NBA. Rolls has also never even been scheduled for a 12-round fight in his career, so there’s just all sorts of question marks for the previously unknown Canadian. This will be Rolls’ fourth career fight in New York.
Rolls doesn’t have a single notable name on his resume and is now being thrown into the ring with one of the best of this era. It wasn’t that long ago when Rolls was fighting guys with losing records. It’s also important to note this will be the first time Rolls has ever been scheduled for 12 rounds. It's fair to question how this fight was even sanctioned. Give all the credit to Rolls for getting a big payday and a shot to shock the world, but this is a complete joke from GGG and not really worthy of a true breakdown given that there’s only one realistic outcome to the bout. GGG and Tom Loeffler have mentioned that this fight has a lot to do with DAZN getting more subscribers from Canada, so this bout is simply a business move from a network trying to expand. Nothing more, nothing less.
GGG by knockout.