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.

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?