Steve Rolls will get his shot to make a name for himself when he takes on Gennady Golovkin on June 8.
Little-known Canadian fighter Steve Rolls (190, 10 KOs) will be thrust into the limelight this summer, taking on Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) in his DAZN debut. And if you’re not familiar with Rolls’ backstory, you can get a glimpse of it through his conversation with ESPN.
In part Rolls recounts how he got into boxing before he detailing how he was just recently questioning his career, believing that he suited for better fights than he’d been receiving. Rolls isn’t with a major promoter, and certainly isn’t a media darling, so getting put in position to really showcase himself proved difficult. Therefore when he finally got the word he’d been selected for a major fight against Gennady Golovkin on a burgeoning streaming network, Rolls found himself in disbelief.
“It is surreal, I’ll be honest. I was thinking even about a month ago, ‘Man, I feel like I’m one of the best-kept secrets in the middleweight division and I can’t keep fighting the guys that I’ve been fighting. How do I get my name bigger?”
Now Rolls will have the opportunity to make his name bigger — much bigger — because beating Golovkin would be a massive upset that no one sees coming. But Rolls knows what a win for him would mean.
“When I beat Golovkin, that will be life-changing money,” he said. “And once I’m victorious, it’s going to be like hitting the Super Lotto.”
But for now Rolls remains a massive underdog who is expected to be little more than cannon fodder for Golovkin. In fact, Rolls was largely selected to face Golovkin because he was thought to be a soft touch while Golovkin tries to secure a third fight against Canelo Alvarez in the fall.
Will Rolls be able to upset the apple cart by doing what most see as the impossible? Probably not, but Rolls will be taking his shot anyway — it could be his only one.