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Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Geale: Fight preview

Golovkin is an imposing figure. (©GettyImages)
Golovkin is an imposing figure. (©GettyImages).

Gennady Golovkin has established a fearsome reputation for himself as one of the most exciting boxers in the sport and he will look to build upon this reputation this coming weekend.

The 32-year-old from Kazakhstan has an undefeated 29-0 record with an incredible 26 wins by way of knockout.  He is a vicious puncher who destroys most men in his way.

He has good technique which was honed during his successful amateur career. It is stated that he holds a record of 345 wins and just five losses as an amateur. That is an absolutely sensational record and he held victories over the likes of Andy Lee, Lucien Bute and Andre Dirrell that showed his class.

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Macklin win

Golovkin seems to be a fighter who is avoided in the middleweight division with the other champions not wanting to fight him due to his ferocious power which saw Mathew Macklin absolutely blown away within three rounds.

Golovkin forced Macklin back to the ropes before unleashing a devastating left hook to the body. Macklin had no chance of getting back up and a fight which was supposed to test Golovkin was just another impressive victory for him.

Golvokin has never been knocked down as an amateur or professional and looks to be the real deal. This weekend he will face off with another man well known to British fight fans in tough Australian Daniel Geale.

Geale experience

Geale, aged 33, has been fighting at world level for a long time now and is a former IBF and WBA world champion in the middleweight division.

He is best known to British fight fans for his terrific fight with Darren Barker last year in which both men gave everything that they had. It was a show of grit and determination that had viewers gripped.

Barker went on to claim a fantastic split decision victory despite being floored with a crippling body shot in the fight. It was fantastically placed and the fact that Barker managed to get back to his feet is simply astonishing.

Geale is a high-pressure fighter with an awkward technique that has the possibility to cause real difficulties for Golovkin.

Geale - despite only having had three more fights than Golovkin with a record of 30 wins and two losses - has boxed 113 more rounds as a professional. This is partly due to Golovkin's one-punch knockout power blowing opponents away.

Geale has experienced much tougher fights and will be looking to put the untested Golovkin under real pressure and push him into an experience which he hasn't had to face as a professional.

Opportunity for both fighters

For Geale, this is a big opportunity to become a world champion again and establish himself at the top of the middleweight division.

In contrast for Golovkin, this is the opportunity to get the biggest win of his career to date and to prove that he is the best fighter in the division.

Golovkin has yet to show any real signs of vulnerability and the relentless Geale will have to use his pressure mixed with boxing intelligence if he is to be victorious.

This should be an entertaining fight for the fans who will come away thoroughly satisfied.

Golovkin will head into the fight as the favourite and rightly so as he is a ferocious puncher who is also very calm and collected. He will be looking to show the world just how good he is and that could be bad news for Geale.

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