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Golovkin Is Ready For Macklin


Golovkin flexes his muscles in preparation for Macklin
Golovkin flexes his muscles in preparation for Macklin

By Marc Livitz: There can be no confusion that the middleweight division in professional boxing is one of the most compelling and competitive in the sport. Some of the best in all of prize fighting call the 160 pound class their home. Perhaps one of the most exciting as well as delightfully refreshing-to-the-eye participants as of late has been Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. The Kazakh middleweight champion has somewhat stormed upon the American boxing landscape in recent times and clearly always comes to fight...and fight he most certainly does. His 88% knockout ratio which highly complements his undefeated record of (26(23)-0) is a clear indication of the destructive power he possesses once the opening bells sounds.

 

The majority of American audiences didn’t catch their first glimpse of Golovkin until last year when he made his United States debut and faced hard punching Grzegorz Proska at the Turning Stone Casino in upstate New York. Many sportswriters in general took quick notice to Gennady’s fifth round knockout of the hard punching Proska and the two subsequent bouts against Gabriel Rosado and Nobuhiro Ishida in January and March of this year. His third fight of 2013 could be his biggest challenge when he faces Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin next Saturday evening (June 29) in defense of his WBA and IBO middleweight titles at the mammoth MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on HBO’s "Boxing After Dark".

 

Macklin (29(20)-4(2)0) himself is no stranger to high caliber bouts and his resume includes the likes of middleweight king Sergio Martinez (he lost via 11th round TKO in March of 2012) and Felix Sturm. His June 2011 fight with the aforementioned Sturm is one which has forced its way into boxing infamy, as many feel that Macklin thoroughly outworked his German opponent yet was on the unfortunate end of a home country decision against him. Both Macklin and Golovkin spoke to the media this afternoon and selected quotes are listed below.

 

Opening statements from middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin: "Good afternoon, everyone. It’s me, Gennady Golovkin. This will be a close and difficult fight for me. It should be a great fight for the fans, too."

 

Opening statements from challenger Matthew Macklin: "I’m so glad this fight has been made. It’s my third attempt at a world title. I should have been champion once before, but I was robbed in Germany. Of course, Sergio was a nightmare to fight and he is a hell of a fighter. I have had much tougher opposition than Golovkin. I’m looking forward to my third attempt being the lucky one for me next Saturday night."

 

"GGG" Golovkin on needing a win to silence critics: "I think just one fight at a time is what I need. There’s no name that I’ve turned down. Macklin is a tough test. If you knock down Sergio Martinez as he did, then that is saying something."

 

 


"Mack the Knife" Macklin’s thoughts on Golovkin: "He’s looked real impressive in his last several fights, but most of the guys he’s been walking through have been 154 pounders. I’m a bigger and stronger guy. He hasn’t really beaten anyone of any note. I know how good of a fighter that he is. He’ll be facing a guy that will hit back just as hard as he hits."

 

Golovkin on the chances of switching styles: "I’m a regular person. I don’t think I’ll have to change. He’s a great boxer and very strong. Should be a great fight."

 

Macklin on the media’s tendencies to overlook him: "That’s the way it is. I can’t do anything about it. I’ll just come prepared."

 

On bringing a world title back to his home of Birmingham, UK: "There’s been some great fighters from here over the years. I’d be very honored. It would be brilliant to become a world champion." 

 

On possible issues of stamina: "I’d actually say it’s one of my stronger points. If you look at the fight with (Felix) Sturm, then you’ll see that I threw close to 1,100 punches. I feel much better for this fight than I did for the Sergio (Martinez) fight." 

 

Gennady’s thoughts on American fight fans: "Everyone here has been great. My style is good for American fans." 

 

Matthew’s early predictions and preparation: "There’s a lot of ways this fight could go. It could be a tactical twelve round fight or it could also be a savage Hagler/Hearns war. I don’t sit down much to watch video. It’s too easy to overanalyze what you see, so I don’t spend hours and hours watching. I may look a bit as the fight nears, but that’s about it." 

 

There were no closing statements offered by either fighter.

 

June 20, 2013



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