The Case for Triple G

By Norman Marcus on September 12, 2017
The Case for Triple G
The clock is ticking on Gennady Golovkin. So much left to do and so little time left to do it.

No one gave Golovkin anything. He didn’t have a famous name like some or help from HBO. It’s been a long hard climb for this boxer…

Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO Middleweight Titles. He is rated the best middleweight by the Boxing Record. He is also rated second best middleweight by The Ring Magazine. (Please note, The Ring Magazine is owned by Oscar De La Hoya, as is Golden Boy Promotions. Canelo Alvarez is a Golden Boy fighter, so perhaps Oscar’s magazine gave Canelo the edge here?)

Triple G was born on April 8, 1982, in Kazakhstan (part of the old Soviet Union). His father was a Russian coal miner and his mother a Korean chemist. Gennady is now thirty-five years old. The clock is ticking on Golovkin. So much left to do and so little time left to do it.

Golovkin had three brothers. The two older ones, Sergey and Vadim died while fighting in the Soviet Army in the mid 1990s. Triple G doesn’t like to talk about them but his young son is named Vadim after one of the big brothers. His remaining brother is his fraternal twin, Max. Also a good boxer, he gave the sport up to support Gennady’s training program and the family. In 2012 brother Max joined Gennady’s training camp team.

No one gave Golovkin anything. He didn’t have a famous name like some or help from HBO. It’s been a long hard climb for this boxer. His career has stalled many times. He started out poor, as most boxers do. Learned the science of boxing at a small neighborhood gym. His two older brothers used to take him out on the streets of their town to toughen him up. They would urge their little brother to pick street fights with complete strangers. Gennady would end it with his fists. As the years went by the boy had over three hundred amateur fights and did well enough to win the middleweight silver medal in boxing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Medals, however, were not paying the bills, so in 2006 he moved to Germany to get his professional career started. The Fatherland was a non-starter for Golovkin. He did well in the fights he got but couldn’t break into the big fights and money in Europe.

In 2014 he finally moved to America, Santa Monica, California to be exact. He trains in Big Baer now. He finally met a trainer that had some juice in the game, Abel Sanchez. Sanchez told the press this week that Canelo doesn’t have big guns. “He’s a slapper. He’s a slapper who throws very good, fast combinations. He’s going to have to do more than slap to keep Golovkin off of him.”

Canelo is a boxer-puncher that can counter when the opportunity presents itself. He is much younger than Gennady at twenty-seven.

It is true that Alvarez has knocked out his last three opponents but seeing that their names were Amir Khan, Liam Smith and James Kirkland it really isn’t so impressive! Canelo has knocked out 34 of 49 opponents in his pro career. He has one loss to Floyd Mayweather in a MD12 and a D4 against Jorge Juarez early in his career. Canelo’s record reads 49-1-1 with 34 KOs). His knockout percentage is 67%.

Gennady is a pressure fighter who is always moving forward. He has heavy hands, good balance and movement. He keeps his feet planted solidly on the canvas to deliver maximum power at all times. Triple G can knock you out with either hand. He always tells young fighters in the gym that the most important punches are the jab, hook and uppercut. Triple G has the highest KO percentage in the history of professional boxing, bypassing Mike Tyson. His magic number is now 89.8%. Golovkin has knocked out 33 of 37 opponents (23 fight KO streak). His record stands at 37-0.

This week he leaves his training camp in Big Bear, California, and travels to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Saturday, September 16, Gennady plans “to give my fans another great show.”

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  1. David 01:38pm, 09/12/2017

    I still think Gennady Golovkin is the best fighter on the planet. Andre Ward the best pound for pound fighter today, no way.

  2. Koolz 11:12am, 09/12/2017

    no actually Golovkin could fight for five more years and still be young.
    I think it’s Canelo that is old not GGG.  Canelo looks like he has wrinkles around his eyes even.
    Canelo could retire.

    Golovkin is young.  35 means nothing.
    Use Limitation That is No Limitation.

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