In different types of sport, particularly boxing, the word ‘great’ is perhaps overused. But this certainly isn’t the case where Gennady Golovkin is concerned. Golovkin is an orthodox super-middleweight who currently holds the IBO, WBA, WBC and IBF world titles in his division.
Of course, various media outlets have murmured his success, but do we really and truly recognise how big an accomplishment this actually is?
Gennady ‘Golden Boy’ Golovkin has a professional record of 34 fights and 34 victories, with 31 of those victories coming via knockout. That’s a 91% knockout ratio, which is simply staggering. The humble warrior, who hails from Karaganda in Kazakhstan, has defeated the likes of Daniel Geale, Marco Rubio, Willie Monroe Jr, and David Lemieux with consummate ease.
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Now, the names listed above aren’t exactly rookies, they are all well-established fighters, Geale, Rubio and Lemieux are all former world champions in their own right. These guys are some of the top contenders of their division and they all share one thing in common, they’ve all fallen to the devastating punching power of Golovkin.
So much strength, so much precision, so much to brag about but still so humble. Golovkin is a true gent, after every victory he hastens to thank his training camp as well as his supporters. He frequently reaches out to fans on social media and is always one to congratulate his fellow boxers on their achievements.
Perhaps that’s the reason Golovkin is yet to properly receive the credit he deserves? He obviously isn’t as flash as Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, nor is he as braggadocious as Andre Ward, even though he is arguably just as talented.
Golovkin’s personality isn’t exactly what you’d describe as ‘box office’, when you look at the great boxers of years past such as Muhammad Ali and ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson, you’ll see that these men were extremely egocentric. Golovkin is much more reserved, meaning he’s much less likely to be in the headlines for something he said.
Next up for Golovkin is mandatory challenger Dominic Wade, in what will be Golovkin’s 16th title defence. If victorious, a possible showdown against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez may be on the cards, something that will really get fighting fans’ juices’ flowing.
The name of the game in boxing is to win, something Golovkin does often and convincingly but doesn’t receive the same fanfare as others in the sport. This is nothing short of a travesty; it’s about time we started acknowledging just how lucky we are to witness a fighter as special as Golovkin.
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