WBA middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin has confirmed Ghanaian middleweight Osmanu Adama as his first opponent for 2014.
Taking place February 1 in Monte Carlo, Golovkin will be making the seventh defense of the title he won via a first round stoppage over Lajuan Simon in 2011. Golovkin’s last victory came November 2 when he stopped Curtis Stevens in Madison Square Garden, capping a year which saw him fight four times with knockout wins in each contest.
“Gennady has been very forthright in his commitment to staying active and fighting the toughest competition available,” stated Tom Loeffler, Golovking advisor and managing director of K2 Promotions.
Ranked in the Top 15 by the WBA, Adama is coming off wins over Grady Brewer (SD10) and Doel Carrasquillo (RTD7). Adama last challenged for a title in March 2012, losing a unanimous decision to then IBF-titleholder Daniel Geale. The 32-year old currently holds a record of 22-3 (16 KOs).
Golovkin’s last fought in Monte Carlo on March 30, scoring a Knockout of Year nominee over Nobuhiro Ishida.
At press time, it has not been disclosed if HBO, who’s aired Golovkin’s previous two fights (Stevens, Macklin), will broadcast the Adama title fight.