|Doghouse Boxing Interview with Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 16, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
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?
GGG: He’s good and strong. A good technician.
KEN HISSNER: I believe he is a little taller than you. Have you met him?
GGG: 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?
GGG: Boxing is my job. I look for a knockout in this fight.
KEN HISSNER: How is your weight?
GGG: I am 162 this morning and hope to come in around 157.
KEN HISSNER: I understand you can fight from 154 to 168.
GGG: 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.
GGG: 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.
GGG: 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!
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