If the middleweight division has a rising star, that is Gennady Golovkin. Just as boxing goes around asking if this heavyweight or that heavyweight is ready for Wladimir Klitschko, many wonder if the big puncher from Kazakhstan is ready to challenge middleweight top dog Sergio Martinez.
On March 30, Golovkin defends his WBA title against a lesser known, but certainly veteran fringe contender in the form of Nobuhiro Ishida. This fight won't prove whether Golovkin is ready for the slick, aggressive, marvelous Argentine one way or another, but it will certainly be an entertaining main event for a splashy Monaco fight card that includes Zsolt Erdei vs. Denis Grachev.
Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, KO 9)
6'1" tall, 72" reach, 37 years old
Former (fake) WBA Light Middleweight Champion, Former Japanese Light Middleweight Champion
Ishida is probably the best middleweight you've never heard of. As a 17.5 to 1 underdog, Ishida destroyed an undefeated James Kirkland in...