Of all boxing’s issues, the leverage and importance of sanctioning bodies ranks near the top. Friday’s fight between IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin and Kamil Szeremeta from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida (5 p.m. ET on DAZN, sign up now) is a direct result of the politics driven by those sanctioning bodies.

Golovkin is 38 and already seems as though his best days as a boxer are behind him. Time catches up to all men, after all, even top-tier athletes. While the world is waiting for a trilogy fight between Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, or really any “A-list” fight involving Golovkin, he has been forced into a mandatory title defense against Szeremeta, a fight he has to take or vacate the championship.

Szeremeta’s 21-0 record passes the initial eye test. A deeper look, however,…

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