Gennadiy Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) will help close out a challenging 2020 with what he hopes will be a record 21st defence of a world middleweight title when he puts his IBF belt on the line against the undefeated Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs) on Friday, Dec. 18 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Like many fighters, both Golovkin and Szeremeta have had to wait until the closing weeks of the year to step back into the ring thanks to COVID-19. The event will take place inside a "bubble" at the Hard Rock Hotel, fully compliant with the latest pandemic guidelines.
"This is not just any fight. It is a fight with great meaning," said Golovkin.
"I always have the greatest respect for all of my opponents. I have really missed boxing and I wanted to fight this year. The goal — fighting for a record 21st successful world title defense."
Szeremeta won the European middleweight title in under two rounds when he stopped Alessandro Goddi in his own back yard in Italy on Feb. 23, 2018.
After two defenses vs. Spain's Ruben Diaz and France's Andrew Francillette, Szeremeta claimed an eight-round decision over Nicaragua's Edwin Palacios before a second-round stoppage of Mexican Oscar Cortes on the Golovkin-Derevyanchenko undercard earned him mandatory status.
"I want this title for Poland and my family. GGG is a great champion, one of the best in history, but it is time for replacement," said Szeremeta.
"Thank you for the great chance, I must take my opportunity to be the first world middleweight champion from Poland."
When is Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta?
- Date: Friday, December 18
- Start time: 5 p.m. ET
- Main event: 8 p.m. ET
The Golovkin-Szeremeta card gets underway at 5 p.m. ET (10 p.m. GMT), with the Golovkin-Szeremeta fight expected to begin about 8 p.m. ET (1 a.m. GMT), although the exact time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
How to watch Golovkin vs. Szeremeta
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Gennadiy Golovkin career record and bio
- Nationality: Kazakhstani
- Born: 4 April 1982
- Height: 5’ 10.5”
- Reach: 70"
- Total fights: 42
- Record: 40-1-1, 35 KOs
Kamil Szeremeta career record and bio
- Nationality: Polish
- Born: 11 October 1989
- Height: 5’ 9.5”
- Reach: N/A
- Total fights: 12
- Record: 21-0, 5 KOs
Golovkin vs. Szeremeta card
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