By Arvin Nundloll
Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (GGG) is considered one of the best middleweight boxers in the division, holding the highest KO rate with 88% and being one of the most exciting fighters to watch. Now Golovkin is lined up to face his toughest challenge to date against Matthew Macklin on June 29, at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut.
Speaking to FightNews about the pressure and buildup to this big bout, Golovkin seemed unfazed:
“This is sport, it’s a regular sport. It’s hard work every day.”
“This is the best challenge for me today, we need to understand the situation because if he wins he has a big chance for next time.”
Speaking on why he wanted the fight when offered, Golovkin spoke about his desire to beat Macklin.
“I think he’s a very difficult fighter because he’s the same size, has the same speed, same power and right now he’s a smart boxer.”
“First I just want to thank HBO, it’s a big big show for everybody, the fans and the sport.”
“I’ll be going to the gym in Big Bear California and then I have ten weeks (to get ready) for a big fight.”
When asked about his high knockout rate and if that had typecasted him into a one-punch knockout machine, Golovkin wanted to show everybody that he still has his boxing skills and can turn it up at any time.
“He’s a good fighter (Macklin), he’s like a samurai. If he gives me just one chance or a couple of chances I can finish him.”
Outside of boxing, Golovkin has become a star amongst the stars, having recently met basketball legend, Michael Jordan.
“We were going to a restaurant and had dinner. Michael Jordan was there and I just said it was good to see you. He (responded by saying) it’s nice to meet you and I’ve seen your fights. It was great. Michael Jordan was a big idol for me”
When asked about if he was enjoying his fame and recognition, he simply responded “absolutely.”
In his final words, when asked about the prospect of staging a world title fight in Kazakhstan, his face lit up with delight and said “yes, absolutely, of course yeah!”
Gennady Golovkin will be considered a favorite for the bout against Macklin, but there is no mistaking that this will be his toughest fight to date. Although he holds respectable victories against Ishida and Prozska, Macklin provides a significant step up in competition. Golovkin will be looking to continue his winning streak on HBO and will be looking to impress not only pugilists but also the casual fan when he steps into the ring against Macklin.
Tickets go on sale this Monday at www.Foxwoods.com and are priced at $300, $200, $90 and $45.
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