Gennady Golovkin had defeated all comers at middleweight since turning professional

Five fights we’d really like to see this year

With a disappointing 2016 now in the books, we only hope 2017 will deliver more meaningful fights for boxing fans than the last 12 months could muster. Ignoring ongoing promotional disputes, TV network politics and fighters’ unwillingness to step up, Knockoutpunch delivers its wishlist.

Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.

Why Lara’s style could be all wrong for Canelo

When Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez stepped up to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in the most lucrative fight in boxing history last September, the 23-year-old was cruelly exposed over 12 one-sided rounds. His next opponent, Cuba’s Erislandy Lara, is confident he can do the same in Las Vegas on July 12.

Kelly Pavlik

Is Kelly Pavlik a Ghost of his former self?

Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik made a low-key return to the ring on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley undercard on Saturday night, labouring to a majority points win over the unheralded Alfonso Lopez after a 13 month hiatus from the sport. But does ‘The Ghost’ have what it takes to make his mark on the loaded super-middleweight division?