[Photos] Golovkin, Perez Hold Media Day In LA
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA –
Gennady Golovkin, IBO and WBA middleweight champion, appeared before the media to field questions on his upcoming bout against Osumanu Adama on February 1st in Monte Carlo and the rest of his schedule for 2014. Joining Golovkin, newly crowned WBC United States heavyweight champion Mike Perez, trainer Abel Sanchez and Todd Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions. Osumanu Adama, who is based out of Illinois, was unable to appear due to weather conditions that prevented him from flying to Los Angeles.
Golovkin, looks to continue to build on the momentum of a successful 2013 fight year which included four successful title defenses and capped off by ‘Fighter of the Year’ honors from Ring Magazine. The challenger, Adama, enters the ring after two wins in 2013, and a closely contested loss in 2012 against Daniel Geale. In a recent interview with Ring Magazine, Adama said his strategy against Golovkin is to “move and box.” The always jovial Golovkin (who reportedly is 175 pounds as of today) reiterated his interest in the fight and the serious nature of the match-up.
“I’m ok. Really I hope it’s a great fight February 1st. It’s a new year, i’m ready for a new year. Same like last year, a great year. I hope I have a lot of great fights, I’m ready.”
“[Adama] He is strong guy, I understand my situation, this is not easy fight for us. This is boxing, this is not a game, this is serious business.”
Tom Loeffler expanded on how critical the fight is for Golvokin’s development and future fight opportunities.
“Gennady is looking to capitalize on what he did last year. Sergio Martinez is at the top of the list of fights we want to make and if Miguel Cotto can’t make the fight, Gennady will step in.”
As Golovkin continues to clear out the middleweight division like a sniper, talks to continue to swirl around a possible future meeting against Andre Ward (current WBA super middleweight champion). Abel Sanchez stepped in to shut down any rumors of Golovkin moving up in the immediate future by echoing Loeffler’s opening statements,
“As he said, his focus is 160 right now. There’s so many fights out there at 160 and he will exhaust those opportunities until they say they don’t want to fight and the money is available. I think it’s unfair to ask him to move up to a weight that is beyond him. I’m not saying he’s not going to, he would if it was the right fight, he would go down if it was the right fight. But there are four or five names at 160 that they would have to say absolutely not then he’s supreme at 160 and we go up to the next one.”
Newly crowned WBC US heavyweight title holder Mike ‘The Rebel’ Perez, who’s slated to square off against Carlos Takem on January 18th as part of the Bute/Pascal undercard, says his next fight is dedicated to Magomed AbduSalamov but looks forward to putting himself in contention for the WBC heavyweight title belt. Today, he had the honor of receiving his title belt for the first time from Tom Loeffler. Perez shared his desire to move up in the ranks, his thoughts on his fallen competitor and keeping his sights on the ultimate goal.
“I dedicate this fight for him [Abdusalamov]. He is a warrior. Now, things are going very good. I am looking forward to doing my best. Remain focused so I can fight soon as possible. I come to do my best, this is what I do best, fighting.”
Trainer Abel Sanchez is pleased with the progress Perez is making since first joining the Summit team six weeks prior to his fight against Abdusalamov.
“Working with Mike has been very rewarding for me as a coach. He has what American fans are looking for in a heavyweight.”
With Perez fighting on January 18th on HBO, he appears to be headed for a collision with heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings who fights January 25th on HBO against Artur Szpilka.
Mike Perez vs. Carlos Takem will take place in Montreal, Quebec as an undercard bout headlined by Lucien Bute vs. Jean Pascal on January 18th . As of press, the Golovkin vs. Adama fight will not be broadcast on HBO (but it’s currently being negotiated).