Los Angeles, CA (July 12, 2014) Heading into the 2014 All-Star Break and seeking depth in their starting pitching, the first place Los Angeles Dodgers acquireded middleweight world boxing champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN and he took the mound on Saturday night for their game against their Southern California rivals San Diego Padres at the famed Chavez Ravine stadium in Los Angeles.
His fastball was a real heater, and gave a hint of the sort of velocity which will be heading Daniel Geale's way on July 26.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Gennady, he’s been training up in Big Bear for his title defense against Daniel Geale in two weeks and his fastball has never looked sharper” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions pre-pitch. “Although planned as an honorary first pitch by the Dodgers we’re confident that he can get through the first few innings unscathed.”
Said Golovkin before: “I’m honored to throw out the first pitch on Saturday night. I’ve been training in Big Bear for my fight against Geale but look forward to having a great time on Saturday night at the ballpark.”
Golovkin will wrap up training within the next week and head to New York City for his WBA/IBO Middleweight World Title defense against two-time former world champion Geale on Saturday, July26 from ‘The Mecca of Boxing”,Madison SquareGarden on LIVE on HBO WorldChampionship Boxing ® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.