What Makes Gennady Golovkin Special

It’s just about the most embarrassing thing that can happen when you have a phone interview with one of boxing’s biggest stars.

The call gets made. The interview begins.

And then the decrepit replacement phone you use (because you were dumb enough to jump into a swimming pool over the summer with your previous phone tucked into your pocket) doesn’t allow you to hear anything the fighter says.

“Hello Kelsey,” an ever-polite Gennady Golovkin said to me all three times the interview began. He remained just as polite after two stop-and-starts, the frantic finding of an alternate phone solution and the third-time’s-a-charm connection.

But Golovkin didn’t just seem polite. He seemed genuine about it. That’s a rarity in today’s world.

More applicable to what happens once the bell rings, when Golovkin hits somebody, they almost always fall down. That’s also a rarity. Golovkin has won 27 of this 30 fights by knockout, including the last 17. He not only knows how to punch with concussive force, but where and when to do so.

Golovkin is a knockout machine. But the 32-year-old from Kazakhstan doesn’t really know what to say if you ask him about it.

“It’s hard work every day in my gym,” said Golovkin. “It’s hard work. A long time ago, hard work every day.”

Golovkin’s work is paying off. He’s become one of HBO’s signature fighters, and appears to be on the verge of becoming one of boxing’s elite superstars. But what sets him apart from his competition? And how did his rise seem to come along so very fast quickly?

“It’s been a lot of work,” said K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler. “I call it a perfect storm in terms of the efforts on our side, the training on Abel Sanchez’s side and Gennady’s fighting style in the ring.”

Loeffler said Golovkin’s style has helped him both inside the ring against opponents and outside the ring with fight fans as well. Golovkin is an offensive force who is fun to watch fight.

“One unique quality Gennady has is his ability to cut off the ring and adapt to any style put in front of him,” said Loeffler.

Golovkin is an aggressive stalker with incredible power in both hands. He walks his opponents down as if they were his prey and disposes of them in due measure. Loeffler said it’s been difficult to get top-tier middleweights in the ring with Golovkin, despite his fighter holding the WBA and IBO middleweight title belts.

HBO Sports’ Vice President of Programming, Peter Nelson, put it most succinctly: “It’s not to say that any middleweight fighter is scared of a fight with Gennady Golovkin. It just seems like they don’t want to be there when it happens.”

Golovkin has come a long way in just two short years, but Loeffler believes it could have happened even faster had certain fighters been more willing to engage him than suggested by Nelson.

“Unfortunately, none of the big names were willing to get in the ring with him. It’d have been much easier had Sergio Martinez—when at that time he was considered the No. 1 middleweight—if he would have taken a fight with him. Or a different name like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or Peter Quillin. We made a number of attempts at trying to get Quillin in the ring. I think it would have gone quicker had he gotten a bigger name to fight him. We’ve had to do it the hard way as far as keeping him active.”

Despite the difficulty in finding opponents, Golovkin has stayed active enough to fight his way into being one of the top budding stars in the sport. He fought four times in 2013 and his bout Saturday against Marco Antonio Rubio will be his third of 2014. Golovkin was scheduled to fight in April as well but the bout was cancelled due to the passing of his father.

“That’s the other unique quality about Golovkin. He wants to stay busy, unlike many champions who fight once or twice a year, Golovkin’s schedule is always for four fights a year. That’s also what made his rise possible in such a short period of time and without having a real A-side name on his record.”

HBO sure seems to like him. Nelson, said the growing mandate among fans to see him fight started because of his mysterious background.

“He’s always existed as a kind of myth,” said Nelson. “You take a look at a guy who had close to 400 amateur fights and lost almost none of them. And he wasn’t just winning the fights, but he was knocking out amateur fighters like Lucian Bute with head gear on. You take that kind of mystique and apply it to a professional career where he goes on these long knockout streaks…and everyone had heard a story or two about Gennady Golovkin…this is a kid who really earned his way.”

Nelson referenced rumored gym wars with Chavez, Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev as well as YouTube clips of Golovkin obliterating European fighters as key aspects of Golovkin’s mosaic of intrigue.

“So much of it starts with the press honestly. The mandate to see Gennady arose from the curiosity about his mystique and a desire to give the man an opportunity to see if he’s real. Everyone can relate to that. Everyone has had a moment in their life where all they wanted was an opportunity, and all they were asking for was someone to give it to them. And they knew that if they got it, they would make the most of it. Everyone can respect a man for whom it takes him nearly being 30 years old just to get the opportunity he’s wanted. That’s a relatable experience in any language and any culture.”

After some early-career promotional struggles in Germany with his previous promoter, Universum, Golovkin found his way to Loeffler and K2. Loeffler said his team’s commitment to Golovkin was making him into a global star, something they believed would necessitate bringing their fighter to the United States in order to achieve.

“Fighting in the U.S. is very important for me,” said Golovkin. “It’s my dream. For my fans, for my family and for my team of course. This is my life.”

But the knock on Golovkin has less to do with his age or even what he displays inside the ring when the bell rings and more with his lack of elite dance partners, willing or otherwise.

Boxing writer Bart Barry of 15Rounds.com told me he’s not buying the idea that Golovkin could become one of the best middleweights ever, something bandied about frequently via social media.

“I would say it is almost a mathematical impossibility for Golovkin to become an all-time great at middleweight,” said Barry. “Marvelous Marvin Hagler was not even a year older than Golovkin is right now when Hagler retired as an all-time great…Before we even consider using a word like ‘great,’ we have to look at fights a man has won against other greats. A prime Bernard Hopkins could have beaten Golovkin’s last three opponents in a handicap match with all three in the ring at the same time.”

Barry also believes at least some of the mystique around Golovkin has to do with his complexion.

“He’s an offensive force, and he’s fighting in a remarkably poor era. Just as importantly, white Americans – who compose the majority in our country, and the vast majority of boxing writers – identify with him in a way they do not identify with Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao or Bernard Hopkins. He may not speak English well, but in appearance and demeanor he otherwise reminds us of ourselves, and boxing has always been more honest about ethnic identification than America at large.”

Regardless, Loeffler said he expects Golovkin to become the premier fighter in the sport. In other words, Loeffler believes Golovkin will take over the mantle from Floyd Mayweather within the next couple of years, whether the latter takes a fight against him or not.

“I think that’s his destiny. I think he has that rare combination of not only being the best fighter but also being perceived as the most exciting fighter. Not since Mike Tyson have you seen that. I think Golovkin, after next year, will rise to tops of pound-for-pound lists. He’s even willing to go outside of the division for big fights.”

Loeffler said fans enjoy Golovkin’s ability to end fights with his fists as much as any other quality he might possess, something increasingly important in the age of bogus boxing judges and controversial decisions.

“There’s never a controversial ending to Golovkin’s fights,” said Loeffler.

Moreover, Loeffler said he expects Golovkin to finally get his chance against top-tier boxing stars next year. He said HBO’s financial commitment to Golovkin was substantial enough now that it would help GGG secure bouts against the likes of Chavez, Cotto and/or Canelo Alvarez. Moreover, Loeffler mentioned possible showdowns against Carl Froch and Andre Ward at 168.

HBO Sports’ Senior Vice President of Operations and Pay-per-view, Mark Taffet, indicated that Golovkin might just be the right man for the right moment in time.

“Inside the ring, he has tremendous knockout power,” said Taffet. “It’s the attribute by which he’s identified most. And it’s an incredibly fan-friendly attribute.”

Perhaps equally fan-friendly is that Golovkin and his team seem whole-heartedly engaged in putting him into the ring with anyone between 154 and 168 pounds. Loeffler said as much, and Golovkin himself brought up Cotto, Chavez and Alvarez by name as 2015 targets without even being asked about it. That’s a quality that a PPV guru like Taffet can really get behind.

“He’s willing to fight anybody,” said Taffet. “Not only is he a great middleweight champion, but he can fight anywhere from 154 to 168 pounds. He’s said numerous times he’s willing to fight anyone in those weight classes. Fans love that.”

Taffet called Golovkin part of the foundation of HBO’s boxing programming “for years to come,” and said Golovkin seemed poised to become one of boxing’s biggest stars. He said a proposed bout against Chavez earlier this year fell through on the Chavez side and would have been Golovkin’s first appearance on HBO PPV.

Still, Golovkin’s future appears bright.

“He’s fighting often and regularly on the HBO service,” said Taffet. “So he’s on boxing’s No. 1 television platform to the largest and broadest audience possible at the most important developmental stage of his career. His style appeals to fans in the same way Manny Pacquiao’s style appealed to fans early on through his fights with Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales. Gennady has that same universal appear in the ring.”

Heck, even one of Golovkin’s biggest critics believes the fighter is on his way to becoming a big deal.

“I believe he already is among boxing’s biggest stars,” said Barry. “HBO has thrown the weight of its diminished credibility behind him, and with the dearth of talent in prizefighting today, and the disproportionate exuberance that adheres to his every accomplishment, there’s no reason to believe he will not ascend to an outsized stardom–at least until he encounters Andre Ward.”

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COMMENTS

-The Shadow :

Three things: Nutrition, repetition, opposition.


-The Shadow :

And if he can really fight at 154 like they keep filibustering, I'd like to see him go down and take on Demetrius Andrade or Erislandy Lara. I'd love to see him against guys with more dimensions that can bring out the best in him. Or if he goes up, like he signed to do earlier this year, does he want that "Dre Day," that SOG/SOB work? I actually think he does. And eventually, I think that is a fight we see on PPV. From a business standpoint, it's better to make that fight when it's commercially ripe. To be honest, it's a little premature at this stage. That would be a huge one, that could be the Mayweather-Pacquiao matchup down the line, maybe three years from now, in terms of matching the two best fighters in the world.


-brownsugar :

They will have to get this man on an operating table post mortem and open him up to find out why he's so outstanding. His cardio and ability to carry his power into the later rounds could lead to medical discoveries.


-Carmine Cas :

"At least until he encounters Andre Ward" Ain't that the truth


-Radam G :

Three things: Nutrition, repetition, opposition.
BINGO! Holla!


-Carmine Cas :

And if he can really fight at 154 like they keep filibustering, I'd like to see him go down and take on Demetrius Andrade or Erislandy Lara. I'd love to see him against guys with more dimensions that can bring out the best in him. Or if he goes up, like he signed to do earlier this year, does he want that "Dre Day," that SOG/SOB work? I actually think he does. And eventually, I think that is a fight we see on PPV. From a business standpoint, it's better to make that fight when it's commercially ripe. To be honest, it's a little premature at this stage. That would be a huge one, that could be the Mayweather-Pacquiao matchup down the line, maybe three years from now, in terms of matching the two best fighters in the world.
I like it, so far fighting at 154 has been all talk but Andrade and Lara would be good tests. Imo if he were to carry his power down he'd beat Lara, Erislandy doesn't do much to blunt a close range attack i.e. clinching, muffling, rolling etc. GGG would probably hunt the amateurish Lara, cut off the ring and make the kill But that's how Ward and Hopkins defeat GGG. Plus Ward is bigger and faster, I can see a knock out. They would tie him up beat him up on the inside and break him down.


-The Commish :

And if he can really fight at 154 like they keep filibustering, I'd like to see him go down and take on Demetrius Andrade or Erislandy Lara. I'd love to see him against guys with more dimensions that can bring out the best in him. Or if he goes up, like he signed to do earlier this year, does he want that "Dre Day," that SOG/SOB work? I actually think he does. And eventually, I think that is a fight we see on PPV. From a business standpoint, it's better to make that fight when it's commercially ripe. To be honest, it's a little premature at this stage. That would be a huge one, that could be the Mayweather-Pacquiao matchup down the line, maybe three years from now, in terms of matching the two best fighters in the world.
I agree that Erislandy Lara and Demetrius Andrade are two gifted 154-pounders who just may give GGG a terrific fight, possibly even more. But is the point to try and knock off the champ every time out? Should the champ be facing not only the biggest and hardest-hitting, but the men most likely, because of their style, to knock him off? To that, many people say, Yes! Many feel the champ--in any weight division--should face ONLY the best, the toughest, the roughest, the quickest, the trickiest. GGG is unique, because he can fight in three weight classes, possibly even four (jr. middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and perhaps light heavyweight). Just because he can, does this mean he should have to face very top name in every division? He can only face so many. The samme for Wilder. Once he eventually disposes of Stiverne, will have one contender after another lining up to fight him. It would be super to see Wlad Klitschko take on Shannon Briggs after disposing of Kubrat Pulev, then Wilder facing the winner of Klit-Briggs. Any way you look at it, both GGG and the heavyweight are in for some exciting times in 2015. -Randy G.


-The Shadow :

I agree that Erislandy Lara and Demetrius Andrade are two gifted 154-pounders who just may give GGG a terrific fight, possibly even more. But is the point to try and knock off the champ every time out? Should the champ be facing not only the biggest and hardest-hitting, but the men most likely, because of their style, to knock him off? To that, many people say, Yes! Many feel the champ--in any weight division--should face ONLY the best, the toughest, the roughest, the quickest, the trickiest. GGG is unique, because he can fight in three weight classes, possibly even four (jr. middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and perhaps light heavyweight). Just because he can, does this mean he should have to face very top name in every division? He can only face so many. The samme for Wilder. Once he eventually disposes of Stiverne, will have one contender after another lining up to fight him. It would be super to see Wlad Klitschko take on Shannon Briggs after disposing of Kubrat Pulev, then Wilder facing the winner of Klit-Briggs. Any way you look at it, both GGG and the heavyweight are in for some exciting times in 2015. -Randy G.
Here's the thing, Randy. They keep "claiming" that he can fight in four divisions. But if you take a look at his resume, you'll see an eight-year pro, aged 32, who's fought in only one weight class, which is the one he currently inhabits. He's calling for Mayweather. It's obscene. Let's see one fight at the lower weight. Just one. Then we can get some buzz going. Just for the record, I like everything Golovkin is doing. Kicking a$$ and taking names. But if you build your reputation as some sort of multi-weight crusader claiming to want to face welterweights, just give me one fight. Just one. Until then, everything Loeffler says about that topic is pure smoke up you-know-where.


-The Shadow :

I texted you Randy, by the way, regarding some contacts.


-Radam G :

Here's the thing, Randy. They keep "claiming" that he can fight in four divisions. But if you take a look at his resume, you'll see an eight-year pro, aged 32, who's fought in only one weight class, which is the one he currently inhabits. He's calling for Mayweather. It's obscene. Let's see one fight at the lower weight. Just one. Then we can get some buzz going. Just for the record, I like everything Golovkin is doing. Kicking a$$ and taking names. But if you build your reputation as some sort of multi-weight crusader claiming to want to face welterweights, just give me one fight. Just one. Until then, everything Loeffler says about that topic is pure smoke up you-know-where.
Team 3g is doing da do. Working those tricks of the trade. He has no intentions of ever going down in weight for Money May or nobody else. He is just stealing a couple of thunder clouds from yakking about mythically attacking. Say that you wanna fight Money May, and an ant at the bottom of ant tunnel will hear it. But he doesn't believe it. He knows that you are promoting your bout against your latest no hoper. Three g fights a lot them, and get people who don't know the poop all excited to think that he can beat anything in the boksing loop. But is it real? NOPE! Holla!


-The Good Doctor :

Here's the thing, Randy. They keep "claiming" that he can fight in four divisions. But if you take a look at his resume, you'll see an eight-year pro, aged 32, who's fought in only one weight class, which is the one he currently inhabits. He's calling for Mayweather. It's obscene. Let's see one fight at the lower weight. Just one. Then we can get some buzz going. Just for the record, I like everything Golovkin is doing. Kicking a$$ and taking names. But if you build your reputation as some sort of multi-weight crusader claiming to want to face welterweights, just give me one fight. Just one. Until then, everything Loeffler says about that topic is pure smoke up you-know-where.
Great point. The beauty in their boasting of being able to fight in various weight classes is that if GGG wants a big money fight, he may have to put up or shut up. 160 is almost the land of the dead for him. Nobody credible wants to fight him and is really available in the near future. 154 is the same with the exception of Canelo. Chances are, GGG is going to have to move up to super middle or do a catchweight with a light heavy to get a major fight.


-deepwater2 :

If GGG is a special fighter like the past greats he can do what they did and move right up. Sugar Ray went right from welter to middle to fight Hagler. After that he went to Lt Heavy for Lalonde and then right back to super middle to draw against Hearns and beat Duran. It will be a shame if GGG doesn't get the chance to clean out the Middleweights before moving up to Super Middleweight. Quillin,Taylor and Cotto would be good fights for the fans to get our money's worth.


-michigan400 :

I like GGG because he conducts himself like a pro. No "personal drama" made up or real thrown in our faces all the time to try and get attention. He lets his fists do the talking and when he does talk, it's about boxing. The guy is obviously itching for a big name fight and going about getting it the best way he knows how. It will come eventually, and he knows it. He might claim he can get down to 154 but who cares. He's taking heads off with ease at 160 so why go down in weight and risk beating yourself before the fight starts. I'd rather hear him talk about going up to HW (knowing it will never happen) than listen to these other blow-hards talk about stealing women and how much money and cars they have and why they should NOT fight someone. GGG just says, "Ya, lets do it". And I think he's serious and more than willing to prove it. He may not stay undefeated, but he will stay a fan favorite as long as he keeps that attitude IMO.


-Froggy :

If GGG is a special fighter like the past greats he can do what they did and move right up. Sugar Ray went right from welter to middle to fight Hagler. After that he went to Lt Heavy for Lalonde and then right back to super middle to draw against Hearns and beat Duran. It will be a shame if GGG doesn't get the chance to clean out the Middleweights before moving up to Super Middleweight. Quillin,Taylor and Cotto would be good fights for the fans to get our money's worth.
Triple G would probably fight any light heavyweight if they agreed to fight at 168 like Donny Lalonde did to fight Leonard !


-The Shadow :

Triple G would probably fight any light heavyweight if they agreed to fight at 168 like Donny Lalonde did to fight Leonard !
Keen eye, my Canuck friend.


-The Shadow :

Froggy, I hope Canuck isn't offensive, I meant it as a term of endearment!


-Froggy :

Froggy, I hope Canuck isn't offensive, I meant it as a term of endearment!
Not a bit, thanks Shadow !


-Froggy :

Keen eye, my Canuck friend.
You might already know it Shadow but I will add that both Donny Lalonde and Lennox Lewis learned how to box in Kitchener, Ontario !


-BFF :

3G starts training camp no maore than 170 lbs, he doesn't have to go to the extremes as most fighters do to cut weight just to fight 2-3 weight classes below walk around weight. He can make 154 just like any elite figther would to make weight, but does he have to? NO, but like he said, if a big fight were to present itself, like canelo,floyd, or cotto, IMO, he makes weight and destroys all 3 on the same night. As far as going up in weight, let the man clean out the 160 division first, then go up to super middle weight, i personally think he does well up there, but i think its to soon for people demanding him go up in weight already. its sad to see and borderline pathetic that all these so called "top middle weights" are clearly ducking 3g, its kind of funny but about a year ago these a lot cats used to run their mouths off on youtube about how 3g aint sh$% and this and he is all hypet blah blah blah, but its gone very quiete as of recently and some of those same cats are like yeah he is the real deal, funny how the tones have changed... anyways, 3g is here and here to stay, enjoy him for as long as he is around, this humble khazak dude is special!


-amayseng :

GGG is a straight killer. Lara is an absolute bore and would get destroyed trying to run. GGG would put him on his back after kicking that bicycle out from underneath him. Lara is not even ESPN credible anymore. GGG is a star in the making. He is a true example of what a Pro athlete AND how a human being should conduct themselves. With HUMILITY and DIGNITY. No way Floyd, Cotto, Canelo or Chavez jr takes that beating. Froch may be a little long in the tooth to attempt it. Ward is the only guy in his realm that gives him problems, and for me that is a toss up fight.


-brownsugar :

GGG is a straight killer. Lara is an absolute bore and would get destroyed trying to run. GGG would put him on his back after kicking that bicycle out from underneath him. Lara is not even ESPN credible anymore. GGG is a star in the making. He is a true example of what a Pro athlete AND how a human being should conduct themselves. With HUMILITY and DIGNITY. No way Floyd, Cotto, Canelo or Chavez jr takes that beating. Froch may be a little long in the tooth to attempt it. Ward is the only guy in his realm that gives him problems, and for me that is a toss up fight.
Agreed!!!!!!!


-stormcentre :

What makes him special is that he has eliminated, or practically circumvented, many of the barriers to successful boxing; such as (but not limited to) fatigue, experience, and fear. You see, react, think and punch more accurately and harder when you're not (as) fatigued. You also get to choose what aspects of boxing's varied techniques that best suits you, and work on it from there*. You can also practice techniques that enhance power with greater ease safe in the knowledge that you don't have to take a gamble on when (in the fight) you have to use them. As your core strength and anaerobic and aerobic fitness is more reliable. The guy had more pure/international boxing experience at the halfway point of his amateur career than most USA pros starting out. * 3G clearly has thought about and worked on developing a KO technique to complement his above-mentioned qualities and attributes. For instance; he almost always - at some point in the fight - throws a double hook - usually a supinated right hook - to the temple. Aside from most fighters rarely getting the chance to practice seeing and/or defending that kind of punch, such a punch plays with a fighter's balance, co-ordination and other temporal processes. In fact it plays with a fighter's balance, co-ordination and other temporal processes - just as much as the above-mentioned supinated forearm/hook ensures the full four (finger) knuckles of the hooking hand . . . . (rather than just 1 finger knuckle and maybe the adjacent thumb knuckle; both of which are - when considering the way the glove lands with a traditionally thrown, non supinated, hook - usually heavily padded) . . . delivers the undiluted and full "weight" of the torque (force) and speed (momentum) to the temple; associated with the double hook. This, and setting pressure or a pace that ensures your opponent is either uncomfortable, unable to think clearly or even thinking about reserving stamina - something that 3G being fitter and stronger than his opponents usually allows him to do (due to his continual invocation of hypoxia and high altitude training), is - a part of the routine/way as to - how you train and put into practice knocking guys out in boxing. By putting pressure on his opponents almost from round 1 they reach a point - whether it be from fear or cardiovascular fatigue - where they're short of air much quicker that otherwise would be the case. Even if 3G felt the same pressure and conditions, for him he would still be in such an oxygen rich environment that the cardiovascular and other strength, reflexive and concentration advantages would not be dissimilar to having a great big shot of EPO just before the fight. But then there is the case that . . . 1) 3G is not short of breath to start with. 2) He is usually dictating. 3) 1 shot to the temple as above-described would normally suffice, two just ensures that, if the KO doesn't happen in the same round as the temple shots, it will happen later. 4) 3G has usually been sparring, hard, with guys that hit much harder than his fight-time opponents - one reason why he (currently) cares little about defence. 5) Rubio - for all he and Garcia's gym have to say about his motives and Mexican style - has not fought a top 10 middleweight opponent for years. The last one, I think, was Pavlik and he got KO'd in that fight. I think 3G might just bang Froch up a little and change his (boxing) virgin status; if they fought. It would be good while it lasted, as both hate defence and the minute break. Lara is cut fish against 3G. All those "smalltalk" moves just won't cut it with a guy that can close the gap and land hard. Canelo and JCC Jr. know what they get with 3G, so it's hard to see them wanting to risk their careers, and I guess this is why they haven't. 3G, in USA, the Wild Card and Big Bear gyms, has already "schooled" Canelo, Kovalev, and JCC Jr. and many insiders already know it; so it's hard to see Lara, Quillin, Jacobs or even Cotto wanting a part of Golovkin. In fact I think Angulo also got seriously schooled too by 3G after cockily arriving at Sanchez' gym for scheduled sparring and thinking he was going to dominate. This was when 3G was still not quite as well known in boxing gyms as he is now. I think there is still a youtube video online somewhere of Abel talking about how misplaced Alfredo Angulo's confidence was. Sanchez has said that, Sergey Kovalev (who campaigns at quite a few weight divisions above 3G), when he trained at Sanchez' Big Bear gym, would often get so beat up by Gennady that he was arriving at the gym visibly dejected. So I doubt Kovalev would be interested in fighting 3G. That leaves Ward who still seems keen to prove he can fill Mayweather's shoes and what better way to do it than not only fight the guy Floyd is said to avoid - but also take out Middleweight's and HBO's darling; Gennady Golovkin. Oh, did I mention that a part of 3G's success is also his discipline. There's a reason most fighters don't stay - all year round - in big bear. And it goes beyond the fact that it is hard and often cold (just like where 3G originates from). It requires a level of dedication and discipline that can easily be said to go beyond that which professional boxing already demands. However if you can do it, then you get back what you give, sometimes plus a little more.


-brownsugar :

Great points Storm. They recently released a video of GGG Working out. I remember it was said that Ali did over 300 exercises during his training sessions. GGG also trains for success in similar fashion. It was incredible to see GGG exercising every part of his body with the type of diligence and enthusiasm you would expect from a novice. I believe an athlete can train in such a manner that will eliminate the possibility of defeat. and if there is such a thing.... GGG has mastered the art of preparation. He works every part of his body and practices every aspect of the game. Nothing builds confidence and a sense of comfort in the ring like being prepared for anything. Many fighters say the words but GGG lives it to the extent the fruit of his labors is manifested in each fight. GGG's success is not a fluke, not an accident or a product of luck....it is meticulously planned. The man has paid his dues 10 times over before the first bell is even rung. While his opponents get charged the interest.


-Carmine Cas :

And that striped shirt makes him look even more menacing, looks like he just escaped from an insane asylum or prison lol.


-stormcentre :

I think Rubio is seriously - almost dangerously - overmatched in this fight. I mean Curtis Stevens - definitely the pre 3G model - would probably walk right through Rubio.


-brownsugar :

I think Rubio is seriously - almost dangerously - overmatched in this fight. I mean Curtis Stevens - definitely the pre 3G model - would probably walk right through Rubio.
If any confirmation of the above statements is needed please be aware that Rubio can't even make the 160 lb limit and team GGG is going to " spot " him a couple of pounds tomorrow. Rubios chances of survival are growing smaller and smaller.


-stormcentre :


->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?17836-Fantasy-matchup-1987-Sugar-Ray-Leonard-Vs-2014-Gennady-Golovkin-Who-Wins-and-Why&p=67085&viewfull=1#post67085
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?17854-Donaire-and-Walters-Make-Weight-Rubio-Doesn-t&p=67100&viewfull=1#post67100


-amayseng :

Storm is correct, you can be the best fighter in the world but without stamina you can not do what you want when you want. Bsug also made a great point stating GGG can get on his toes and chase if he wishes, however he never needs to , he just cuts off the ring efficiently never rushing, always knowing it is just a matter of time till he gets to you. GGG has all the tools to be an all time great. Will this generation's opposition pave him the path to that status is the question. He will need to take out Cotto, Canelo or step up against someone like Froch and definitely Ward to begin adding those qualifications to his resume. My fear is that the best fighters will duck him and we will miss out on what GGG could have done. I want to enjoy watching GGG dismantle the elite fighters, not just beat good fighters to a pulp..