I have been waiting to make my boxing editorial debut for some time now and have also been waiting to write about Genaddy “GGG” Golovkin since I first watched him in 2010 and confirmed all of the rumors were true. The first name that comes to mind for most Americans when the country Kazahkstan is mentioned is a fictional journalist with a pet chicken named Borat. While the plot line of that movie was so unbelievable it was an instant laugh out loud classic, Genady Golovkin the boxer is so unbelievable it is scary. Here are the eye-opening/jaw-dropping statistics that still do not even come close to watching the real thing:
Height: 5-10 1/2″
Current Titles: WBA (Regular) and IBO Middleweight Champion
Professional Record; 27-0 (24 KO)
Amateur Record: 345-5, 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist
You read that all correctly. With last night’s absolute destruction of Matthew Macklin, a hard-hitting battle-tested Middleweight with a good chin, GGG increased his professional KO percentage to 90%. Golovkin, who fights under Germanys’ K2 Promotions, stopped Macklin at 1:22 into the 3rd round with a left hook to the body circa Hopkins v. De La Hoya. Macklin looked like he got struck by lightning, which is probably less painful than the punch he took, and could not get to his feet for at least ten minutes after he went down. The England-born Irishman is a game a fighter out there in the middleweight division and went 11 rounds with, and knocked down, Sergio Martinez before sustaining a TKO in 2012. After the fight, Macklin’s face looked as if he had been in a 12 round war of attrition. Golovkin cut him after two rounds. The damage was mainly the result of jabs. Macklin, 29-5 (20 KO), who has also fought and lost to Felix Sturm said that GGG is by far the best he has ever fought and the same thing everyone else who has been in the rings with him says, when he touches you it feel like you are hit by a train.
Genaddy Golovkin may be one of the nicest people you will ever meet, let alone one of the nicest people in the sport of boxing. His English is strong and rapidly improving, which is also impressive as he only made his US soil debut in September 2012. I was born in 1980 and have been watching the sweet science religiously since I was 5 years old and saw a kid named Mike Tyson destroying people like it was the appropriately-titled video game released for Nintendo a few years later. That is the only comparison that I can make for Golovkin because in my 27 years as a fan I have never seen a fighter with this type of power, skill, and efficiency besides an early Tyson. Until HBO began to build him up recently, he was known as “the best kept secret in boxing,” but at 31 years old, in the prime of his career, and the ability to fight anywhere from 154-168 he is unquestionably the most feared man in boxing. After a 7th Round TKO of a very game Gabriel Rosado at Madison Square Garden in January, Max Kellerman revealed to the audience that Golovkin had 102º Fever going in to the fight. GGG still dominated, earning the stoppage, but never would have mentioned this to the press on his own. That is the type of guy that he is: humble, grateful for every opportunity he is given, and will never make excuses. Andre Ward called that fight and played down Gennady, which in other words means that he wants absolutely nothing to do with him. He was a little kinder in his praise last night, but still questioned Macklin’s credibility as a real test. Ward is the #2 Pound for Pound fighter in the world and a natural 168 lb super-middleweight. Golovkin has a swimmer’s body, ideal for a boxer, and teetered between 154-160 until 2011 when he made the jump up to a full time middleweight. He hits like a heavyweight though and can break your arm with a punch he throws with either hand. Andre Ward will move to light heavyweight simply to avoid fighting Golovkin, who would still be a threat against any 175 lber’s at his height, with his reach, and with his punching power.
To the downside weight-wise a fight with the #1 PFP fighter, and the best of his generation, could theoretically be made at 154 although Golovkin is now a true middleweight and Floyd is a welterweight who can fight at Junior-Middleweight. You have a better chance of traveling to an exo-planet in your lifetime though than seeing this fight. Remember Golovkin was 345-5 as an amateur, with his last loss coming as an upset to Mohamed Hikal at the 2005 World Championships. GGG has no holes in his game and even though Floyd Mayweather is in the top three defensive fighters of all-time, has rarely even been touched because of his speed, it would only take one punch from Golovkin (who landed at 50% last night according to HBO’s Compubox) to end Floyd’s perfect record and effectively career. Canelo Alvarez could prove to be an opponent down the road, but this will just be the second loss of his career.
That leaves an enormous matchup problem for the person that will quickly replace Manny Pacquiao as international boxing’s favorite son due to his ring prowess and likability as a person outside of the ring. Sergio Martinez may have the unfortunate task of having to face him in a unification bout within the next year. If Sergio, a natural juniormiddle who has been fighting and taking punishment at 160 chooses to take this fight, it will be his last. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is a name that may be thrown in to the mix, but Golovkin would seriously hurt this kid and probably make him leave the sport of boxing. GGG stopped Lucian Bute already (as an amateur), which leaves only one person left that would fight him: Carl Froch. I am not saying that this fight will be a good matchup or end in any other fashion that 90% of Golovkin’s other fights have. Froch does have the guts to step in versus him though and a fight in Manchester, UK would generate serious ticket sales and PPV numbers across Europe though because of Froch’s reputation as a brawler and his following. In short, if you haven’t heard of Gennady Golovkin yet it is not your fault. Assassins hide in the shadows and only come out for the kill when they are assigned a job. GGG is the assassin’s assassin because he is waits patiently, in the ring and out, for whatever target that is given to him then as soon as the bell rings or a fighter makes one fundamental flaw it’s lights out.