Middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin meets Alexander Ovechkin, poses with Stanley Cup

Kevin Iole
Combat columnist
Gennady Golovkin waves to fans before his fight on May 5 in Carson Calif., with Vanes Martirosyan. (Getty Images)

This hasn’t been the greatest year for middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. His mega-dollar rematch with Canelo Alvarez, set for May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was canceled when Alvarez failed two random anti-doping tests and was forced to withdraw.

Golovkin went on to knock out Vanes Martirosyan on that night, but for a fraction of the money he stood to make against Alvarez.

And now, his promoter, Tom Loeffler, is in the midst of a battle with Alvarez promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy over how revenues for a rescheduled bout will be split. But De La Hoya is tiring of Golovkin’s demands and said he’s moving on. He was also stripped of his IBF belt for declining to defend in a timely manner against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

Things haven’t been all bad for Golovkin, though. He attended two of the Stanley Cup Final games in Las Vegas between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals, including Game 5 last week when the Capitals defeated the Knights 4-3 and won the Stanley Cup.

Golovkin, whose young son, Vadim, is a promising hockey prospect, met with Capitals players Alexander Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov after Game 5 and celebrated their win with him.


Golovkin shared a few images of himself and his son with his friends on social media, including one of Vadim holding the Stanley Cup.

We’ll see whether he’s still smiling so brightly after De La Hoya announces Alvarez’s next fight.