Gennady Golovkin was rocked by death of his father earlier this year much harder than any blow could affect him throughout his boxing career. When I asked Gennady if it could disrupt his preparation for an upcoming bout with Daniel Geale on July 26th, 2014, he simply replied: “I don’t want to talk about it right now, but I will tell you that I am happy to be back in the boxing world.” I was told to immerse myself in work after passing of my father in October of last year. It proved to be a good advice. May be Gennady is following the same directions.
His trainer Abel Sanchez is very pleased with the way Golovkin follows directions.”Because of his upbringing,” said Sanchez during an interview in Santa Monica last week:” He is going to listen to the guy that’s above him. In this case I am the guy that’s above him. I am his teacher. He is going to do exactly as I told him. So it’s easy.” Just like Abel I am personally very pleased with the way Gennady’s parents raised him. Conducting our short interview in Russian language I was addressed by Golovkin with a special term of respect reserved for elders. It is very refreshing, especially since I grew up in United States where this kind of politeness is just about nonexistent.
After going to Kazakhstan and mourning passing of his father with the family Gennady came back to Big Bear, California to work. At least on paper, Gennady Gennadievich Golovkin or GGG, a nickname that stuck to him like glue, has a very tough test in front of him on July 26th. Thirty three year old former middleweight champion from Australia Daniel Geale (30-2,16KO’S) is a very experienced fighter who has beaten high caliber opponents like Felix Sturm in Germany, and who is not afraid to throw punches in bunches. Geale believes his experience and his punch output and skills will bring him the victory next Saturday night in New York.” I could talk a lot about him,” said Golovkin (29-0,26KO’S) during our interview in Santa Monica last week:” I think he has a lot of good qualities, but I feel that I have to do my job. Doing my job is first; whatever he brings to the table is secondary.”Head trainer Abel Sanchez agreed. “Opponents have to adjust to him,” he said:” Otherwise I am not doing my job.”
GGG, whose popularity has grown leaps and bounds in the past year due to his aggressive style and brutal knock outs, is headlining a big show at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. HBO will televise this middleweight clash live. Considering all the distractions, did he have enough time to prepare for such a tough opponent as Daniel Geale?
“Training camp went very well,” said Golovkin, 32:” Very well, because we didn’t have enough time, but the time we had was well utilized. I didn’t do sparring considering Geale. As always, I was just doing my job.” Undefeated IBO and WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has stopped his last sixteen opponents. Can he continue his winning ways and a knock out streak on Saturday night against Daniel Geale? Stay tuned.