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The Ferocious Gennady Golovkin

By AJAY BHAI AMRIT Gennady Golovkin is the most avoided and feared fighter in the Light Middleweight (154 lbs) Middleweight (160 lbs) and Super Middleweight (168 Lbs) divisions. Golovkin was
23 Feb 2014 11:02

Gennady Golovkin

By AJAY BHAI AMRIT

Gennady Golovkin is the most avoided and feared fighter in the Light Middleweight (154 lbs) Middleweight (160 lbs) and Super Middleweight (168 Lbs) divisions.
Golovkin was born in April 1982 in the tough uncompromising former Soviet State of Kazakhstan. He was one of four brothers, two who were older than him and a twin brother called Maxim. His Russian father was a working class coal mine worker and his Korean mother worked in a chemical factory.
His two older brothers Vadim and Sergey were his idols and introduced him to boxing, taking him along to the local boxing gym at the tender age of eight to watch them work out.
His oldest brother Vadim joined the Russian army but was brutally killed in action in 1990, this was a bitter pill to swallow for young Gennady and the family was heartbroken.
With both brothers dead Gennady decided to press on and become the best he could as a boxer. As a top amateur boxer Gennady travelled the world and represented his country wherever he went. He was always a very well disciplined fighter, very humble and very respectful to everybody, but once he entered the ring it was a different story. With his choir boy features and his very polite and quiet demeanor it was incredible that he was such a formidable fighter.
After a glittering amateur career which finished with 345 fights and only five losses which is by anyone’s standards an incredible feat he decided to turn professional.
Gennady Golovkin’s twin brother Maxim was also a very talented amateur boxer, but gave up boxing up concentrate on training Gennady to reach his full potential.
As a professional fighter Gennady’s record currently stands at a perfect 29 fights 29 wins with 26 knockouts. He has the highest knockout ratio of any current professional champion. To add to this in a total of almost 375 fights both amateur and professional he has never been knocked down in his whole career.
2013 was an excellent year for Gennady Golovkin and he was awarded the prestigious prize of “Ring magazine Fighter of the Year”.
Golovkin is managed and promoted by K2, which is part of “The Klitschko Empire”. He is trained by veteran American boxing trainer Abel Sanchez in the Big bear Mountains of California who was stunned and impressed at their first meeting in the gym.
When the trainer and fighter first met Sanchez recalled that Golovkin was one of the most polite, quiet, disciplined and focused people he had ever met. After seeing him train and his elite boxing skills, Sanchez felt he was going to be the most avoided fighter in boxing or if he gets his chance will be one of the greats.
As of today Golovkin is one of the most avoided fighters in the world, but 2014 might be the year he gets his chance on the world stage. A fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr at light middleweight where he is the current champion has been circulating for some time, but Floyd doesn’t want any part of Golovkin.
Manny Pacquiao’s name has also been mentioned, but he is committed at present.
As the momentum builds Golovkin will get his chance to prove his worth and the huge paydays will come.
On a personal note he is married to his wife Alina and they have a son called Vadim who was given the name in honour of Golovkin’s dead brother. He also speaks four languages Kazakh, German, Russian and is currently mastering English.
Outside of the ring Golovkin is very quiet by nature and enjoys reading, studying history and fishing. Inside the ring, well you know the answer to that..!!!




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