The Beast of Big Bear Lake: Gennady Golovkin

BY David A. Avila ON November 02, 2012
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Abel Sanchez and Gennady GolovkinSanchez (left) thinks Golovkin will rise to the top of the pound-for -pound pack...but first the boxer needs to find some foes willing to step in with him. (David Avila photo)

Don’t know about Bigfoot, but a beast lurks in the mountains of Big Bear.

Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) may be only an inch or two under six-feet in height, but the WBA and IBO middleweight titleholder roams the mountainside scaring off competition down below. Nobody really knows why.

Middleweight competitors refuse to accept a match with the amiable looking prizefighter Golovkin, who looks about as menacing as a petunia. The guy is always smiling. Despite offers to meet the titleholder on an HBO fight card, few middleweights are picking up the phone.

The 30-year-old Kazakhstan native has made The Summit boxing gym his home base for the past two years and despite two world titles, finding marquee names to enter the ring against him are futile.

One reason may be the crushing defeat he gave the Polish middleweight Grzegorz Proksa a few months ago. Until he met Golovkin, the talented fighter had never touched the canvas. That night he was a regular frequent flyer customer.

Another reason might be the pain he inflicts on sparring partners of all sizes. Whether it’s in the shadows of Big Bear or the bright lights of Hollywood, the guys who enter the ring with Golovkin usually don’t emerge intact.

“He’s run heavyweights out of the gym,” said Sanchez. “When he sparred Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. a month ago, he was blasting him all over the ring. And he was only using 60 percent of what he can do. Really.”

Even heavyweights prefer sparring other heavyweights rather than take Golovkin punishment.

“Nobody lasts long with Gennady,” says Sanchez, who’s trained former world champions like Terry Norris, Miguel Angel Gonzalez and Lupe Aquino to name a few. “Sometimes he takes it easy on guys, but I don’t like him to do that.”

When you ask Golovkin who he would like to fight, the list is long.

“I’d like to fight Sergio Martinez, Floyd Mayweather, or anybody,” said Golovkin during a recent lunch in West Hollywood. Even fellow middleweights or included on his invite list.

“He’ll fight anybody,” says Sanchez. “Eventually he will be considered the best fighter pound for pound.”

After a recent Brooklyn fight card where Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin put on a dazzling performance in winning the IBF middleweight title against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, the offer was hurled by Golovkin’s manager to meet in a unification match.

“When they (an HBO reporter) asked Quillin if he would fight Gennady Golovkin he said he would need to discuss it with his manager,” said Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s manager who also works with brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. “Gennady doesn’t need to ask his manager. He’ll fight Quillin.”

Of course it would be a sensational match between two exciting middleweights.

Loeffler said that HBO has already typed Golovkin in for a date on their network early next year. The problem is finding someone willing to meet the Beast of Big Bear Lake.

“I really believe he will be the next pound for pound champion,” said Sanchez.

Yes, but the big question is who wants to fight a beast?

Comment on this article

ali says:

Ward would best the breaks off of this dude I also think Sergio Martinez would box circles around him. Matter of fact I think my boy Pirog would kick his a$$ too.

Radam G says:

"Unforgivable" believing it, I 100 percent agree with SCLA Ali. SOG will indeed beat the brake off and da ___ ___ ___ outta diz 3G hype job. Holla!

Grimm says:

Hype job? No way. Exaggerations? For sure, and a sign of the sports lack of magnetic characters.

ali says:

Ok,
Ward is the No. 1 or 2 fighter p4p. I think he handles GGG but has more trouble with him than with past opponents. Golovkin has a natural effortlesness and grace that is shared by very few others... Ward is one of them. I would pick him over Sergio. Jr almost knocked him out and if his plodding self can tag Martinez then Golovkin will surely be able to, and much more often. I think he's the real thing and would love to see him fight Sergio, Ward, Pirog, and Quillin.

Now I do think he would beat Quillin

Radam G says:

I stand by my last. The cat is a 3G hype. The magic looks awesome until the trap doors and smokescreens are revealed. I will say that SOG will easily hit Golo with a bolo, and will be standing solo. GGG is not that good of a P4P mofu.

I don't apologize for never buying the latest baddest hype on da mountain top. Huh! Y'all oughta stop! Holla!

ali says:

His only chance of beating Sergio is by KO late the fight would look similar to when Martinez fought Chavez.

BFF says:

wow. i think all you guys are sleepin on this cat. i personnaly believe GGG will dominate his division for a long time no doubt, and you guys will see what he is made of, this beast is the real mccoy. just watch and see.

teaser says:

Proksa looked like his best defence was his face ..lots of wasted movement and tried jumping in and out ...Golovkin controlled him with that jab... He looks to be always in position but the beast got hit a lot against Ouma...being hittable how about a short but exciting fight with David Lemieux ? ...that ought to test his whiskers !!

brownsugar says:

Golovkin is no mere Beast.... he's a demon who wears the jolly countenance of a comedian like Adam Saddler or Seinfeld. But there ain't nothin funny about about him once he enters the ring. His punches rain down on his opponents with the staccato improvisational cacophony of a jazz musician.... always closing the distance, always changing the melody, and always riffing toward the crescendo of the inevitable conclusion. The middleweight division is so bankrupt of willing opponents at the elite level, Golovkin had to resort to challenging super middleweight rising star Thomas Oothuizen to stay busy. Although I have much respect for Ward....SOG may have to move up to lightheavy weight to get out of his way.... Soon you will all believe.......in the personification of the middleweight apocalypse.

spit bucket says:

Golovkin is no mere Beast.... he's a demon who wears the jolly countenance of a comedian like Adam Saddler or Seinfeld. But there ain't nothin funny about about him once he enters the ring. His punches rain down on his opponents with the staccato improvisational cacophony of a jazz musician.... always closing the distance, always changing the melody, and always riffing toward the crescendo of the inevitable conclusion. The middleweight division is so bankrupt of willing opponents at the elite level, Golovkin had to resort to challenging super middleweight rising star Thomas Oothuizen to stay busy. Although I have much respect for Ward....SOG may have to move up to lightheavy weight to get out of his way.... Soon you will all believe.......in the personification of the middleweight apocalypse.


Great analogy... improvisational jazz.

ali says:

Golovkin is no mere Beast.... he's a demon who wears the jolly countenance of a comedian like Adam Saddler or Seinfeld. But there ain't nothin funny about about him once he enters the ring. His punches rain down on his opponents with the staccato improvisational cacophony of a jazz musician.... always closing the distance, always changing the melody, and always riffing toward the crescendo of the inevitable conclusion. The middleweight division is so bankrupt of willing opponents at the elite level, Golovkin had to resort to challenging super middleweight rising star Thomas Oothuizen to stay busy. Although I have much respect for Ward....SOG may have to move up to lightheavy weight to get out of his way.... Soon you will all believe.......in the personification of the middleweight apocalypse.


B-sug are u saying u think triple G would beat Ward right now if they fought.

brownsugar says:

Ali.. I'm saying both fighters are the same when it comes to having an indomitable spirit.
And both possess the caliber of skills that can only be taught by a lifetime of learning and clean living. Although SOG likes a challenge, there's no way Ward goes near this guy until he's become a huge box office draw.

Golovkin is actually the harder puncher and very dangerous one. triple G is also the more experienced boxer when amateur experience is considered.

Ward would have to fight an absolutely perfect fight to win..but his advantage increases by a mile after he moves up to 175 where he would be the naturally stronger and younger guy. Ward and Triple G have twice the ability of the next most talented guys in there respective divisions (Froch and Martinez).

If these guys stay close in weight they will become the next dream/fantasy MEGA-fight.

Radam G says:

I don't agree. SOG is superior in every catagory. He slice s and dices the 3G hype easily! Holla!

ali says:

Ali.. I'm saying both fighters are the same when it comes to having an indomitable spirit.
And both possess the caliber of skills that can only be taught by a lifetime of learning and clean living. Although SOG likes a challenge, there's no way Ward goes near this guy until he's become a huge box office draw.

Golovkin is actually the harder puncher and very dangerous one. triple G is also the more experienced boxer when amateur experience is considered.

Ward would have to fight an absolutely perfect fight to win..but his advantage increases by a mile after he moves up to 175 where he would be the naturally stronger and younger guy. Ward and Triple G have twice the ability of the next most talented guys in there respective divisions (Froch and Martinez).

If these guys stay close in weight they will become the next dream/fantasy MEGA-fight.

We will agree to disagree I hope the fight does happen sometime within the next few years. If he can get a fight with Martinez and win then I might feel like he has a chance against Ward.

brownsugar says:

But Ali.......ummm to answer your question... er.. uhhm...maybe...... Ward's chin hardly gets tested and TripleG know how to catch punches with his face like Rios but way less often. Triple G has already called out Froch and Ward.....doesn't automatically mean that Triple G wins just for making a challenge but nobody has even had the courtesy to answer the guestion publically. Golovkin reminds me of a 160lbs version of Caesar Chavez Senior in his prime... Senior would fight anybody cause he loved it and he didn't like easy fights. TripleG is cut in the same mold but has the benefit of learning more advanced technique.

brownsugar says:

We'll see what happens in the next 6 months betcha come to realize the kids potential.

BFF says:

i totally agree with brownsugars analysis on GGG. I dont think anyone wants any part of GGG north or south of his current weight let alone his current division, thats how feared the beast is in my oppinion. Not saying Ward wouldnt fight him coz im a huge SOG fan, but that would be a nice fight to say the least...

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

But Ali.......ummm to answer your question... er.. uhhm...maybe...... Ward's chin hardly gets tested and TripleG know how to catch punches with his face like Rios but way less often. Triple G has already called out Froch and Ward.....doesn't automatically mean that Triple G wins just for making a challenge but nobody has even had the courtesy to answer the guestion publically. Golovkin reminds me of a 160lbs version of Caesar Chavez Senior in his prime... Senior would fight anybody cause he loved it and he didn't like easy fights. TripleG is cut in the same mold but has the benefit of learning more advanced technique.


Well B-Sug, if Golovkin is Chavez Sr. in his prime, I think that Ward would be the equivalent of Pernell Whitaker if Golovkin and Ward ever fight (Whitaker put on a clinic against Chavez Sr.). Ward hasn't lost a fight since he was 12 and is the superior boxer skill wise, the only edge Golovkin has is power and Ward has a chin. Andre Ward and Adrien Broner are the future p4p kings. I'm not even 100% sure that Golovkin beats Kid Chocolate.

brownsugar says:

I like the analogy ShoulderRoll.

My comments were not made to knock the fighting spirit of Ward...
Ward is a champion of the highest calibur... His will to win is equal to that of former champ Marvelous Marvin Hagler (and he has more tools). The guy simply doesn't know how to lose.

Wards chin is decent,.. much like that of Joe Louis or Joe Calzaghe,... guys who go down occasionally,.. get's a dose of adrenalin,... and come back even better because of their quick recovery time.

However, Triple G is more than a puncher... he's a strategist and he knows how to do the things with his movement to close the distance,....he always punches on balance and in combination.

Golovkin is a better boxer in all categories than say...a Carl Froch and he can executes his assault with more variation than I can speak on here.

Golovkin will fight anybody within 3 weight classes without a catchweight... anywhere anytime and he only wants the best...

Quillen himself would probably fight Triple G tommorrow.
But his management will not let him get anywhere near this guy because they already know what the general population doesn't

They know Quillen couldn't last 7 rounds with Golovkin because his feet are too slow and his defense is too porous.

There's a reason nobody is willing to fight him (with the exception of super middleweight IBO champ Thomas Oosthuizen)

Golovkin maybe very underated by U.S. fight fans,.. but he's a legend to anybody whose fought in the amateurs at the international level... (he's beaten Dmitri Pirog, Bute by KO, Andre Dirrell,Mat Korobov, and Andy Lee).

Golovkins last 10 fights have been stopped inside the distance and he's made the transition from European Amateur style boxing to the American Pro style effortlessly due to training with former Terry Norris trainer Able Sanchez.

His fights have a certain inevitability to them like Chavez Sr, Leonard, and Hagler...
When you see Golovkin fight you can count on one thing... he'll wear them down,..break them down.... and then he'll knock them out...

He's like Brandon Rios with advanced boxing skills.

Whatever you do.... Don't sleep on Golovkin,.. he's the truth... And soon he's about to catch fire on the Big Stage.

Don't bet the kids college fund, or your mortgage payment against him.

As far as Broner is concerned I'm looking forward to watching his fight against Demarco... a good test.

brownsugar says:

I said over a year ago.....
The middleweight division would be overrun by the 4 Horseman of the Middleweight Apocalype... Pirog, Korobov, N'dam, and Golovkin.

N'Dam was the first sacrifice himself in a valiant effort to conquer America... The stubborn Peter Quillen had too much Dynamite in his fists to surrender the flag this early in the war.

But now that his ammunition has been spent, who's left to stop the assault of Gennady Golovkin who is poised to capture the world??

this is going to be fun.

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