The middleweight division historically always been one of the most prestige & lucrative division in the sport of boxing. Today we have 4 middleweight champions and no real talks or negotiations of unification bouts materializing. Many fans frustrated mainly with the level of competition Demetrius Andrade (wbo) and Jermall Charlo (wbc) have been facing. Ryota Murata who got elevated as WBA super champion after Canelo Alvarez vacated his title. Gennadiy Golovkin holding the IBF belt been flying under the criticism radar.
GGG who team stated still pursuing a trilogy with Canelo Alvarez seems to want to abandon his responsibility and the middleweight division and chase Canelo who is no longer campaigning at middleweight but in quest to have a super middleweight undisputed showdown vs Caleb Plant hopefully this September. GGG got legacy fights in front of him vs Charlo & Andrade in which he can pursue and further enhance his legacy yet it seems GGG have no interest in fighting high level pedigree Champions. Last 3 opponents of GGG was Steve Rolls, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Kamil Szeremeta. We hear no criticism of GGG opponents the way people criticizes Charlo & Andrade’s.
Its been 3 years since GGG fought Canelo Alvarez and you can arguably say that GGG basically have stalled his legacy to play it safe and stay in position for a trilogy. Demetrius Andrade has even jumped in the ring during GGG post fight interview to call him out and still no talks to unify till recently Dazn business partners are pressuring GGG to fight Andrade which both fighters fight on the same platform. Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing promoter has alluded that GGG is looking to fight Murata on Dec 31st. Yes its a unification bout but Murata is not a name that fans are in dying need to see GGG in there with.
GGG cant keep getting a pass while Charlo & Andrade receives all the criticism for doing the same thing GGG is doing. These Champions is rich in talent that if you match the trio up, it will be lucrative fights purse wise and legacy wise. Its a win-win for all unless your legacy is dictated by waiting on Canelo.