[Interview] Will Golovkin Claim Another ‘Good Boy’?
Relaxed and smiling, he doesn’t look like the most feared middleweight in the world.
On a sunny day in Manhattan Beach, California the man of the hour, Gennady Golovkin, sits casually dressed in a Cassius Clay T-shirt and a baseball cap waiting at the long media table while the rest of the room bustles with energy. Taking the long drive into the City from Big Bear to watch the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera fight happening that night, an easy going and soft-spoken Golovkin, the current WBA and IBO middleweight champion, looks like that nice guy in the cubicle next to yours instead of the good boy killer boxing fans know him to be. Friendly and approachable he’s appears completely unaffected by the hype surrounding him. At the same time, that smile shouldn’t fool you since he’s not someone you’d approach from behind without announcing yourself first (unless you plan on going to the hospital later).
While trainer Abel Sanchez, Manager Tom Loeffler and a host of other people on hand that represent Team Golovkin continued to set up, I had a chance to ask him a few questions about the bout, changes in fight plan, and how far in the future is a fight against Andre Ward realistically. (Seemed like a good question since Ward’s press conference to announce the fight against Edwin Rodriguez was scheduled to start immediately after).
BC: What have you done differently in camp in preparation for your fight against Stevens?
GGG: Yes, right, I’ve worked on technical aspects for this fight. Also my coach Abel told me not to worry about the promotions, to just focus on boxing.
BC: Is it your plan to come forward like you typically do?
GGG: No, this will be very different. He [Stevens] is very strong and has a great punch I will go in boxing and I like that. This is a great fight for us. He is tough, I am tough, its a great fight for TV and the fans.
BC: You are quickly becoming one of the most popular figures in the sport. What do you think of the reception you’ve received here in the US?
GGG: I am happy. I think because my style is what fans like and my time is right now.
BC: When you started fighting at 10 years old, did yourself a big star in Kazakhstan or did you envision all of this?
GGG: [laughs] Not a big star in Kazakhstan, but I knew that [fighting in Kazakhstan] was baby steps. I wanted something bigger.
GGG: Maybe, but I’m just focus for this fight right now. This is a big fight for me and that’s what I am here for. This is a great fight.
BC: Thank you, it’s been a pleasure.
Indeed this is a big fight. When Golovkin fought Matthew Macklin, watchers though Macklin possessed big punch power that would minimally slow Golovkin down but he plowed right through them like a Machete in the brush. On November 12th we will all see if the middleweight champion will claim another good boy.
Boxing’s fastest rising superstar, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 27-0-0 (24KO’s), will make his 9th title defense against world ranked contender Curtis Stevens, 25-3-0 (18KO’s) on Saturday, November 2 in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing” and Live on HBO®.
The highly anticipated HBO televised co-feature will include a battle of undefeated heavyweight titans with Cuban born Mike “The Rebel” Perez,19-0-0 (12KO’s) of Cork, Ireland facing Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov, 18-0-0 (18KO’s) of Makhachkala, Russia, who is defending his WBC USNBC Heavyweight Title. Abdusalamov is currently ranked #4 by the WBC and # 10 by the WBA.
The event is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Main Events, GGG Promotions and Madison Square Garden. Tickets priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50 are on sale at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com
The Perez/Abdusalamov bout is presented in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC, the exclusive promoter of Abdusalamov.