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Kell Brook vs Gennady Golovkin: Why it’s business time for the Kazakhstan boxer who doesn’t have to fight the pain 0

Posted on September 10, 2016 by KazCham

EveningStandard

Gennady Golovkin was only a few hours off the plane from Los Angeles to London when he was asked: “When was the last time you were in trouble in the ring?”

The reply came with a gentle grin: “I don’t know. I forgot. It was a long time ago.”

Twenty two successive knockouts back up the claim, which is made by the fearsome Kazakhstan boxing superstar without any swagger or bravado. There have been 32 KO’s in total in the 34-year-old’s professional career.  He hasn’t been taken the distance in a contest since 2008.

Now he is bringing his devastating combination of style, discipline and ferocity to London after regularly selling out Madison Square Garden in New York and the most prestigious venues of Los Angeles.

It promises to be yet another glittering night of boxing by the Thames when Golovkin defends his WBC and IBF world middleweight title against Sheffield’s Kell Brook at the O2.

This is the sparkling venue which has been made into a home-from-home by Britain’s newest boxing icon, the IBF world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, is stepping up two weight divisions in a challenge most of the global fight cognoscenti view as a courageous but unfathomable attempt to beat the scales and huge odds.

This, at first, appeared to make the fight one to captivate the hard-core boxing specialist fans rather than whooping big-night-out followers who have made Joshua’s nights by the river into big social occasions.

But promoter Eddie Hearn – who is staging this date and runs Joshua’s career – insisted:

“I think this is captivating the casuals as well the specialists.

“I thought it would just be the hard-core boxing fans. But this has the same profile as an

Anthony Joshua fight – and also has also has the seasoned followers.

“The casuals say – I can’t miss an Anthony Joshua fight.

Here you have them saying, ‘wow, its Triple G. ‘I’m not missing it’.”

Golovkin is ranked third in The Ring magazine’s list of the world’s best pound-for pound fighters, although many insist he is the top man and the natural inheritor of that catch-all “title,” last borne by Floyd Mayweather junior.

Is Golovkin the complete fighter, as another questioner asked after his arrival in London on Sunday evening?

“I’m not 100 per cent,” he grinned, gently again. “Just a little bit off it.”

“But I don’t feel this pound-for-pound thing. Mayweather, I respect him, he was a great boxer but I didn’t like his style. I am a little bit different.”

By that he means he is far more hungry and attack-minded than the famously brilliant defensive stylist Mayweather, although Golovkin’s chin is notably durable and he underlies his own power with a superb ability to take a shot.

The hurtful and relentless level at which he makes all of this known in the ring is at complete odds with his softly-spoken, amiable style out of it.

It has also made it difficult for him to secure opponents because there is such wariness of his abilities and negotiations to fight British middleweight champion Chris Eubank junior on this date broke down.

Brook, 30, stepped straight in, even though he is climbing is two divisions in the same way that Amir Khan did to meet Mexican WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo,” Alvarez last May – boldly but unsuccessfully.

There is lot of controversy in the USA about Canelo’s apparent unwillingness to meet Golovkin. Meanwhile, the Kazakhstan fighter says: “Big respect to Kell Brook for taking the challenge.”

Here is what will be waiting for the Sheffield fighter, however.

“I become a different guy in a fight,” Golovkin added. ”I don’t know how I switch. But I understand my job, I understand the situation and I understand my business.

“When it is time for fighting, it is my work time. So I am there 100 per cent focused on my opponent. I know what I have to do to do my job.

“I feel  something happening when I get hit but I don’t feel any power in it.

“It’s like a game for me. I might leave myself open and say ‘come on, come on’. But that’s not because I’m crazy and I want to get punched in the face.

“It’s just that I just feel comfortable and that this is my time.

“I am 34 but I have a way to go. I am not at my peak yet.”

Golovkin vs Murray results: GGG batters, stops Murray in 11th round 0

Posted on February 25, 2015 by KazCham

Bad Left Hook

Gennady Golovkin took a while to get the stoppage, but he made it 19 in a row against a very tough Martin Murray.

Gennady Golovkin [of Kazakhstan] stayed undefeated and ran his stoppage victory streak to 19 fights in Monte Carlo, putting away an incredibly durable and game Martin Murray in the 11th round, scoring three knockdowns and inflicting heavy punishment over the fight.

Golovkin (32-0, 29 KO) dropped Murray two times in the fourth round, and once more at the end of the 10th round. Referee Luis Pabon stepped in to stop the contest 50 seconds into the next frame, when Murray (29-2-1, 12 KO) was once again staggered on a right hand from Golovkin. It was the right call — overdue if anything — and a good decision by Pabon, a referee who has been criticized plenty over the years, but stepped in when nobody else would to save a fighter from himself and his own pride.

Murray really has nothing to be ashamed of with this performance, as he had some nice moments of success, and stood up pretty well to Golovkin overall, even with the knockdowns. He never gave up on himself in this fight, as he was battling until the very end. But unlike his prior world title fights, where he left without a belt under debatable circumstances, he was thoroughly beaten in this bout, and Golovkin left no doubts in anyone’s mind.

Golovkin, 32, retained his WBA middleweight title with this win, as well as the interim WBC title. Miguel Cotto, the lineal champion of the division, is still surely his target. Cotto also holds the full WBC title, which he won last June against Sergio Martinez.

Another one falls to Golovkin 0

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Alex

Supersport, December 10, 2011

Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin knocked out Lajuan Simon in the first round in D?sseldorf, Germany, on Friday night.

Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, needed only 137 seconds to win his third defence of the WBA “regular” title.

The 29-year-old, who lives in Stuttgart, has now won 19 of his 22 professional bouts by knockout. As an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and two titles at the world championships.

Golovkin, having landed a heavy right early in the round, stopped Simon with a left hook that left the American flat on the canvas. It was only the second defeat of Simon’s career.

The fight had been scheduled for the undercard of the tournament in which heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was set to fight Jean-Marc Mormeck on Saturday. Surgery to remove kidney stones forced Klitschko to withdraw.

Klitschko, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, will now face Mormeck on March 3. He was at ringside to cheer on Golovkin.

Golovkin made his professional debut in May 2006 and won the vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight title when he knocked out John Anderson Carvalho in the second round in July 2009.

He won the interim WBA middleweight title by stopping Milton Nunez in 58 seconds in August last year. Last December he was crowned WBA regular champion after stopping Nilson Julio Tapia in the third round. He retained the title against Kassim Ouma (tko 10) in June this year.

Felix Sturm is the WBA’s “super” champion in the division.

Simon, 32, lost on a split decision to Dionisio Miranda in December last year. Fighting out of Philadelphia, he now stands at 23-3-2; 12.

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