Is Gennady Golovkin the Second Coming of Kostya Tszyu?
Is Gennady Golovkin the Second Coming of Kostya Tszyu?
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 1, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Gennady Golovkin
Kazakhstan born Gennady Golovkin, 23-0 (20), based out of Germany defends his WBA Middleweight title September 1st (Tonight) against Grzegorz Proska, 28-1 (21), of Poland at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NY.  

This will be Golovkin’s US debut while Proksa debuted in the US having all 3 fights in Las Vegas.  He fights out of the UK and reversed his only loss to Kerry Hope in July.  He is taking this fight just 8 weeks later.  He is the No. 3 contender with the No. slot vacant.

This writer has viewed several of Golovkin’s amateur and professional fights.  His amateur career included wins over his current No. 8 contender Andy Lee in the 2003 World Games in Bangko, Thailand.  In his next fight he defeated now former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute then of Romania stopping him in 4 rounds.  Golovkin would go onto win the World Games title.

In the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Golovkin won a decision over Andre Dirrell 23-18 over 4 rounds.  It was a good fight with Dirrell holding too much in the last round.  Golovkin would go onto win the Silver in the Olympics.  He had won the Junior World title back in 2000 in Budapest, Hungary, bringing him world attention at a young age.

Golovkin would not turn professional until age 24 in May of 2006.  In his 8th fight he defeated Ukraine’s Siarhei Khomitski, 19-3-1, by stoppage in 5.  In his next fight he defeated future French super middle champ Mehdi Bouadla, 11-1, over 8 rounds.  He stepped up his game in his 11th fight defeating Ian Gardner, 20-3, over 8 rounds.  His first bout outside of Germany was in Denmark in June of 2008.  He would return to Germany 5 months later stopping Malik Dziarra, 29-3, and ending his career.

Golovkin won his first title defeating Brazil’s John Anderson Carvalho, 19-3-1, in 2 rounds for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title in July of 2009.  In August of 2010 he defeated Milton Nunez, 21-1-1, of Colombia, in 0:58 of the 1st round for the interim WBA title in Panama City, Panama.  In his next fight he faced the only other person to defeat Nunez in Nilson Julio Tapia, 14-2-1, stopping him in 3 rounds in his only fight in Kazakhstan, for the WBA title.  Tapia had lost a majority decision to future WBA light middle champ Austin Trout.

In June of 2011 Golovkin defeated southpaw and former IBF light middle champ Kassim Ouma, 27-2-1, then NABA middle champ with a barrage of punches ending it in the 10th.  This was also in Panama City, Panama.  He would return to Germany ending 2011 and defeat USBA champ Lajuan Simon, 23-3-2, of the US, who gave Arthur Abraham a tough, close fight for the latter’s IBF title.  A devastating left hook ended the bout in 2:17 of the 1st round.  Simon had never been stopped.  The vacant IBO title was also at stake.  In talking with Simon he said “I threw a jab and had my right hand up by my face for defense but blocking my vision for a left hook that I never saw coming.  He hits hard.  I couldn’t believe I was stopped.”  

In Golovkin’s only fight this year in May he stopped Japanese and OPBF champ Makoto Fuchigami, 19-6 in Brovari, Ukraine, in 3 rounds, defending both his WBA and IBO titles.  He also stopped southpaw Fuchigami’s 9-bout win streak.

This brings us to Proksa, yet another southpaw who won the IBF and WBC world Youth titles in his 6th fight.  In April of 2011 he defeated Spain’s champ Pablo Navascues, 25-1-1, for the EBU (Union) title.  He then defeated former IBF middle champ Sebastian Sylvester for the EBU title in October of 2011.  Losing to Hope in March and reversing it in July had him regaining the EBU title.

Golovkin had a 245-5 amateur record and was never knocked down.  Abel Sanchez is his trainer.  His manager/agent is Tom Loeffler who is the K2 Managing Director for the Klitschko brothers, who said “he can fight between 154 and 168”.


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