Doghouse Boxing Interview with Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin
Doghouse Boxing Interview with Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 16, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin (Left) - “King” Gabriel Rosado (Right)
Thursday night I got a call from Philly’s PA 175 champ Dhafir Smith.  He has been in camp at Big Bear, in CA, with Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin, the WBA and IBO middleweight champion.  Smith asked if I wanted to interview Golovkin.  I was glad to have the opportunity. Philly’s Farah Ennis the former NABF 175 champ was also there in camp with Golovkin along with Tony Harrison, 11-0, a protégé of the late Manny Steward who is 154 and from Detroit who is on undercard.

Since Golovkin left Universum and signed with K2, that K2 and Tom Loeffler (managing director of K2 Promotions) have gotten him the fights on HBO in America that he has wanted.  Now he is fighting at Madison Square Garden, where it has been his dream to fight.

What I learned from this interview was Golovkin who was born in Kazakhstan whom he represented in the 2004 Olympics winning a Silver medal.  He moved to Germany in 2006.  His father is Russian and his mother is Korean.  He informed me he is Orthodox.  His wife’s name is Alina and their son Vadim is 3 years old.

KEN HISSNER:  It’s a pleasure to talk with you.  Have you seen Rosado fight?

He’s good and strong.  A good technician.

KEN HISSNER:  I believe he is a little taller than you.  Have you met him?

  We met in New York and he is a little taller than me. (2”)

KEN HISSNER:  You are unbeaten with 24 wins and 21 knockouts.  Will you be looking for a knockout in this fight?

Boxing is my job.  I look for a knockout in this fight.

KEN HISSNER:  How is your weight?

I am 162 this morning and hope to come in around 157.

KEN HISSNER:  I understand you can fight from 154 to 168.

I would like to fight at 154 after this fight.

KEN HISSNER:  I understand you play cards with Dhafir and Farah.  Watch Dhafir because I think he cheats.  I want you to take it easy on these two Philly boxers for we want them back fighting in Philly.

They supply me with good sparring.  (Most don’t last long I am told).  I have been in camp for two months and feel good.

KEN HISSNER:  Thanks for taking the time and may God bless you.

Thank you.

In talking to Golovkin about unifying the titles at 160 and 154 in the future Dhafir Smith had a parting word.  “It’s not who he wants to fight.  It’s who wants to fight him”.   That kind of sums it up!

Golovkin was 345-5 in the amateurs and still has never been knocked off his feet.  He was the 2004 Olympic Silver medalist and a junior and world champion along with being a 2-time Asian world amateur champion.  He defeated Lucian Bute, Andre Dirrell, Andy Lee and Matvey Korobov in the amateurs.  He informed me his trainer for the past 3 years has been Abel Sanchez.  I don’t expect this fight to go the 12 rounds and wish both fighters the best!

CONTINUE READING PART TWO: Doghouse Boxing Interview with "King" Gabriel Rosado Ken Hissner


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