Gennadiy Golovkin makes a mandatory title defense against Kamil Szeremeta in Hollywood, Florida this Friday. IBF world middleweight champ and all-round boxing legend Gennady Golovkin returns to the ring on Friday to defend his crown against highly-fancied Polish fighter Kamil Szeremeta.
Of all boxing’s issues, the leverage and importance of sanctioning bodies ranks near the top. Friday’s fight between IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin and Kamil Szeremeta from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida (5 p.m. ET on DAZN, sign up now) is a direct result of the politics driven by those sanctioning bodies.
Golovkin is 38 and already seems as though his best days as a boxer are behind him. Time catches up to all men, after all, even top-tier athletes. While the world is waiting for a trilogy fight between Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, or really any “A-list” fight involving Golovkin, he has been forced into a mandatory title defense against Szeremeta, a fight he has to take or vacate the championship.
Szeremeta’s 21-0 record passes the initial eye test. A deeper look, however, brings up serious questions about how he has worked his way into the IBF’s rankings as the top contender to Golovkin’s belt. Szeremeta has just five knockout wins in his career. Two fights ago, Szeremeta beat Edwin Palacios, a fighter who is currently riding a 10-fight losing skid and has been knocked out in six of his seven most recent fights. The lone man Palacios took to decision? Szeremeta.
The fault for bad matchmaking can’t be laid at the feet of Golovkin. World championships matter to fighters and they’re routinely backed into corners to either fight their mandatory or sacrifice their title on the altar of politics. Belts are also bargaining chips, and in making a trilogy fight with Alvarez, having a title can help Golovkin push for an increase in his share of the purse after losing the second fight to Canelo by majority decision after a split draw in their first meeting.
Alvarez will be in action against Callum Smith on Saturday, looking to pick up a pair of super middleweight belts. Should both men win, they’re now on the same schedule and a spring fight between the two could be made. One more dance with Canelo would give Golovkin the opportunity to pick up a truly career-defining victory.
That is, of course, as long as Golovkin doesn’t suffer a potentially career-destroying loss to Szeremeta.
There’s not much to speak of on this card outside of the main event. Golovkin is clearly the biggest draw here, along with the earlier start time for his biggest fans in Europe. Still, the co-main event features a former title challenger who looked good in his most recent bout. John Ryder will take on Michael Guy at super middleweight after pushing champion Callum Smith to the limit in 2019. Ryder had won his previous four bouts, all by knockout, and will be looking to start a new streak against Guy.
Golovkin vs. Szeremeta Card
Gennadiy Golovkin (c) -2200 vs. Kamil Szeremeta +1100, IBF middleweight title
John Ryder vs Michael Guy, super middleweight
Ali Akhmedov vs. Carlos Gongora, super middleweight
Reshat Mati vs. Dennis Okoth, welterweight
Golovkin vs. Szeremeta viewing information
Date: Dec. 18
Location: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino — Hollywood, Florida
Start time: 5 p.m. main card (ring walks expected around 8 p.m. for main event)
Live stream: (watch free here)
Can I watch a free Golovkin vs Szeremeta live stream?
No – but you can get it dirt cheap in some parts of the world.
Golovkin vs Szeremeta is set be available around the world exclusively via DAZN, and will be offered to customer’s as part of their subscription.
British boxing fans are particularly lucky, as the fight is one of the network’s first major events in the UK – so DAZN UK is currently available for just £1.99 a month!
It’s also equally cheap to watch Golovkin vs Szeremeta in Australia or New Zealand, where DAZN is currently being offered for the introductory discount price of just $2.99 a month.
Golovkin vs Szeremeta live stream: how to watch the fight online with DAZN
Streaming service DAZN (pronounced ‘Da Zone’) has the rights to show the Golovkin vs Szeremeta fight in over 200 countries, including, the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Coverage of the main card starts at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT in the US and Canada, 1am GMT in the UK, and 12pm AEDT in Australia on the streaming service.
The headline act is expected to start around 11pm ET / 8pm PT on Friday night in the US, 4am GMT in the UK on Saturday morning and 3pm AEDT in Australia on Saturday afternoon.
A DAZN contract in the US will set you back $19.99 per month, or $99.99 for the year.
DAZN Canada is priced similarly at $19.99 per month, however a 12-month subscription comes in at $150 for a year’s access.
The fight is being used as something of a lunch for DAZN in the UK, with service currently priced at an ultra-cheap £1.99 a month.
It’s a similar story for Antipodean sports fans, with the service currently available for a discount initial price of $2.99 a month in both Australia and New Zealand.
Out of the country? Residents of the country who find themselves abroad for the fight will find they can access their DAZN subscription just like they would at home – wherever you are in the world, all you need is the help of a good VPN.
How to watch Golovkin vs Szeremeta if you’re away from your country
If you’re abroad and discover that your usual coverage is geo-blocked, then the only alternative that we know is to use a VPN to dial in to a country that does have one.
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What is DAZN?
Pronounced ‘Da Zone’, DAZN is a sports-centric streaming service that launched in 2016 and is now available in over 200 countries all around the world including the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Its offering varies by region, but as an idea, it owns the rights to the Premier League, Champions League, NFL, cricket, snooker, rugby union and more in Canada – one of its original and biggest markets.
It’s also seeking to challenge the pay-per-view boxing hierarchy, and is scoring an increasing number of coups.
The price of DAZN also varies depending on where you are in the world but is generally competitive – in newer market like the UK, an introductory offer is still running that has it available for just £1.99 a month, while in more established markets like Canada it costs CAD$20 a month. It also offers a FREE trial in some areas and works with pretty much any modern device imaginable.
It’s a great all-round offering, with the only real drawback being that it doesn’t play overly nice with VPNs in all territories. You may only be able to watch it in your country of residence, even when paying for it – but that’s not the universal case, as our latest testing reveals DAZN US is accessible using a VPN, for instance.
Golovkin vs Szeremeta time and date
The Golovkin vs Szeremeta fight takes place on Friday, December 18 at the at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Florida.
The night’s main card is set to get under way at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT in the US and 1am GMT, 12pm AEDT in the UK and Australia.
Ring walks for the main event are roughly expected to be as follows.
Golovkin vs Szeremeta ring walk times
- Golovkin vs Szeremeta time (US and Canada): 11pm ET / 8pm PT / 10pm CT
- Golovkin vs Szeremeta time (UK): 4am GMT (Saturday, December 19)
- Golovkin vs Szeremeta (mainland Europe): 5am CET (Saturday, December 19)
- Golovkin vs Szeremeta time (Australia): 3pm AEDT (Saturday, December 19)
- Golovkin vs Szeremeta time (New Zealand): 5pm NZDT (Saturday, December 19)
Who is Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin?
Kazakh ring king Gennady Golovkin is commonly regarded as one of the greatest middleweight boxers of this or indeed any generation.
A silver medallist in the Athens Olympic Games, during his stellar, decade-long pro career, Golovkin has picked up the welterweight championship twice. He also reigned as the unified champion of the middleweight division from 2014 to 2018.
GGG remain undefeated up until his 40th professional bout where he lost to Canelo Alvarez back in September 2018.
He currently holds the IBF and IBO middleweight champion of the world.
Out of the 392 times the 39 year old has stepped into the ring — 350 amateur fights and 42 as a professional — he has never paid a visit to the canvas once, giving credence to the claim he has the best chin ever seen in the sport.
Who is Kamil Szeremeta?
Having spent the majority of his eight-year career in his native Poland, Kamil Szeremeta came to world prominence on the undercard of GGG’s last fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in October, last year.
Needing just 3:45 to dispatch Oscar Cortes, it was a win that earned him mandatory status, while also drawing the attention of the world boxing community.
Now ranked as the world’s seventh best active middleweight by The Ring, and eighth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, the 31-year-old former European champion boasts a 21-0, 5 KO, record.
While, undoubtedly considered an underdog for this fight, Szeremeta is an experienced fighter whose dark horse credentials could provide a shock.
Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta: full card for today’s fight
Alongside the GGG-staring main event, there’s also a strong supporting card that’s includes unbeaten Super-Middleweight star Ali Akhmedov face fellow unbeaten man Carlos Gongora for the IBO title.
The card also includes British Super-Middleweight contender John Ryder’s return to the ring, after running Callum Smith close for the WBA and WBC Diamond titles last November.
Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta undercard
Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta, (IBF middleweight title)
Ali Akhmedov vs. Carlos Gongora, (super middleweight)
Hyun Mi Choi vs. Calista Silgado, (WBA World Female Super Featherweight title)
John Ryder vs. Mike Guy, (super middleweight)
Jalan Walker vs. Rafael Reyes, (featherweight)
Reshat Mati vs. TBA, (welterweight)