Originally Posted by IntentionalButt
Golovkin is far more proven and has been generating buzz ever since his amateur days.
Kovalev has only been known outside Russia for two years (and even then, only by a few people until last weekend) and simply doesn't have anywhere near the depth of resume Golovkin has - again, dating back to the AM's.
However, if you ask me whether it's just as likely Kovalev rules 175lbs with as iron a h2h fist as Golovkin is expected to rule 160lbs...then I'd say yes, absolutely. He looks as potentially dominant against everyone at his weight.
Matvey Korobov vs Kovalev from 2004 Nationals
Korobov had his return fight after a layoff against Nunez a couple months ago dominating him, hopefully he'll fight a contender this year and get into the MW mix himself.