Gennady Golovkin is the current WBA and IBO middleweight champion. His record is 26-0 with 23 knockouts. Let's look at the man who is simply known as GGG.
Gennady Golovkin is unbeaten at 26-0 with 23 knockouts. The man they call GGG is the current WBA and IBO middleweight champion. He will be defending his title against Matthew Macklin on Saturday, June 29th at the Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut. Let?s take a close look at Golovkin.
Gennady Golovkin was born on April 8th, 1982. He is a Kazakh boxer of Russian-Korean descent. He had a decorated amateur career as he competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics winning a silver medal. He won gold at the 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships. His amateur record was 345-5.
Golovkin turned pro in 2006 and won 16 of his first 19 fights by knockout. His first major title came in 2010 when he won the WBA Interim Middleweight title by defeating Milton Nunez by first round knockout. He was promoted to the WBA regular champion and in 2010 he defended that title with a win over Julio Tapia. He defended his title against Kassim Ouma and won by 10th round TKO.
Late in 2011 it was Golovkin taking on Lajuan Simon for the IBO middleweight title. Golovkin took him out in the first round. Golovkin defended his WBA and IBO title when he beat Makoto Fuchigami with a third round TKO.
Golovkin was seen on HBO for the first time when he defeated Grzergorz Proksa in the fifth round. He then defeated Gabriel Rosado by TKO to retain his title. The latest win for Golovkin came in March of 2013 when knocked out Nobuhiro Ishida in the third round.
Even though Golovkin has a very impressive record of 26-0, many people believe he doesn't have a great win on his resume. He has not fought anyone of note in his career so the fight against Macklin on Saturday, June 29th will be an important one. It should give Golovkin some credibility and lead him to bigger fights down the road.