They simpy cannot hide him from us any longer. Tonight, for the first time inside of the Madison Square Garden, Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin will defend his WBA Super and IBO middleweight championships. His opponent, Aussie Daniel Geale, will look to become the first man to defeat the campfire horror tale known to most simply as GGG.
The power in Golovkin’s hands just doesn’t make any sense for a middleweight wearing 10 oz gloves. It’s why many of his detractors like to claim that he “doctors the padding” in his gloves. Golovkin’s gloves have been checked because of these claims and they have never been found to be tampered with.
Golovkin, who resides in Stuttgart, Germany during his downtime, takes his craft very seriously. In fact, the Kazakh born boxer began his professional boxing career in Germany in 2006 after not only medaling four times for his country, but also amassing a 345-5 amateur record.
Since turning pro and becoming a multi-time defending champion, Golovkin has become a bit of a mythical creature. You can go ahead and round his KO rate up to a cool 90% if you’re interested in those kind of dangerous numbers, a number that simply put, is higher than any other champion in the game today.
Since 2010, like many other professional fighters, Golovkin summoned the expertise of Big Bear’s Abel Sanchez in an effort to become the savage he is today. Since 2010, Golovkin has trained well above sea level with Sanchez in preparation for the most important fights (all of the title variety) of his career.
There has been no talk of Geale’s ability to finish fights heading into his fight tonight with Golovkin. He holds a respectable 53% KO ratio of his own, and is coming off a 6th round stoppage win over his countryman, and former professional rugby player Garth Woods.
Sure, most fair-weather boxing fans may be in the dark when it comes to GGG. The Las Vegas oddsmakers however are not. Triple G comes into his fight with Geale, the toughest of his career to date, as a -1100 favorite. Geale will enter “The Mecca” as a +650 dog.
BS aside guys, we could go ahead and pump this fight up as much as we want. We could even lie to you and say that Geale actually has a shot to derail the Golovkin hype train and insist that you tune in tonight citing that very possibility. Well, if you’re a fan of combat sports and if you’re interested in witnessing greatness you should definitely tune in tonight. It’s not really a matter of if Golovkin will win, it’s a matter of how and when. You could call Golovkin the ‘Angel of Death’ whenever he enters the ring. He’s so disturbingly calm. He’s so disturbingly patient. He sticks to his guns and he uses them to delete whomever is place in front of him.
It’s common knowledge amongst the hardest of the hardcore in the boxing community that Golovkin will defeat Geale tonight under the bright lights of MSG. As a matter of fact, one of the main topics of conversation way up in the cheap seats in NYC will be who is next for GGG. Will it be Canelo Alvarez? Not if Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De Le Hoya has anything to say about it. De Le Hoya did not want Alvarez to partake in his most recent fight with proven Cuban finisher Erisalandy Lara. Thankfully for De Le Hoya, Alvarez was able to escape with a hotly contested split decision victory against Lara earlier this month inside of the MGM Grand. While it would be one of the most anticipated fights of the year outside of anything Mayweather of Pacquiao related; Canelo-GGG may end up being just what it is at this very moment – a fairy tale – a fight that could end up catapulting the campfire horror tale known as Gennady Gennadyvich Golovkin into Mayweather country.
Again, it’s not likely. The future of Golovkin is almost like a fan fiction story. We all know what he’s capable of. We also know the business and how dirty it truly is. 50-0 would look a lot better than 49-1 0n Floyd Mayweather Jr’s tombstone. That said, anything is possible in the fight game.
Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) will take on Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) in the featured main event attraction live on HBO World Championship Boxing. This highly anticipated main event is supported by a co-main event attraction that will pit unbeaten heavyweight southpaw Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) against Bryant “By-By” Jennings (18-0, 10 KO’s) in a bout that holds heavy title implications. The card kicks off tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on HBO.