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Golovkin, Game Face On, and Geale Make Weight at MSG in NYC

BY Michael Woods ON July 25, 2014
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Golovkin-Geale

The man boasts the highest smile-to-KO ratio in boxing history, but nobody, if they weren’t aware of the most well known athlete in the history of Kazahkstan, and they didn’t know he had 26 KOs in his 29 wins as a pro, would have thought Gennady Golovkin had anything but business on his mind at Madison Square Garden on Friday afternoon.

After making weight (159.8), the best middleweight in the world until proven otherwise rushed past me, looking to do a TV interview, and in fact, then surprised some of his fans, who’d become used to his genial manner and ultra-cordiality, as they waited for him to exit MSG. Golovkin, age 32, looked stoic, ready to rock and rumble, and make Daniel Geale (30-2 with 16 KOs; ex middleweight tilist) the 17th man in a row to fall before the final bell, as he hurried past the well wishers, and into a car to take him to his hotel.

The principals are pictured above, in HBO/Will Hart photo.

Yes, no one should confuse themselves, think that this Bieber-faced banger isn’t what he is; a resolute predator, who intends to separate a foe from his faculties with almost every punch he wings. There is a time and place for smiling, but the ring isn't it, and this guy can get into snarly game face mode, with his head screwed on tioght and aimed at a single goal, with the best of 'em.

Geale, who scaled in at 159.2, didn’t come to lay down, or make the numbers, as the Brits say. Some close to the boxer will perhaps admit that the odds are not in his favor, that he maybe has a 30-40% chance to hand Triple G his first loss…but his face didn’t reveal any knowledge of the long odds against him. He gave as good as he got in the staredown/poseoff at the Garden.

The stakes are some titles, and are more so in clear focus for Golovkin. Should he win, he’d love to meet up back at MSG in December, and wrestle Miguel Cotto, who carries a 160 crown which he mugged off of Sergio Martinez last month. Cotto calls the Garden his boxing home, and Golovkin and company would like nothing more to lay some leather on the Puerto Rican, and in rude and violent fashion show him otherwise. Cotto holds his promotional cards in his own hands, and isn't one of these "Let me see what Al says" guys. He will shop around and make the best deal for himself, for money and whatever other reasons he sees fit. If that means a fight with canelo, he will make that happen with Golden Boy...

Team Golovkin spits at the concept of a fight with 168 pound ace Andre Ward, noting that Ward seems more preoccupied with dealing with lawyers and promotional entanglements than setting up fights. To talk Ward is a waste of time, they think.

And no one knows which way the Cotto wind blows. The so-savvy Puerto Rican hasn’t tipped his hand, even to trainer Freddie Roach, on what he might like to do next. Roach might be able to help clarify that next path in the arc, as he will be front row at MSG, scouting Golovkin. He is in town to corner Glen Tapia, but The Jersey Boy’s fight was scratched, as a red flag came up in his blood work, so his scrap was cancelled. The blood issue is not an issue at all, Tapia told TSS, and he shrugged it off as part of the game. Roach, though, will make the most of his time, he stated, and see up close if the talents of Golovkin match the hype.

What say you, fight fans. What happens in Golovkin-Geale? Fire your preds, here and now.

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brownsugar says:

I heard they only sold 5500 of 9000 tickets. ..... New Yorkers can be such ingrates.....
Nothing personal against the real boxing fans of course. ....why is that fight not an instant sell out ?
Maybe sales will pick up on fight night.

oubobcat says:

I heard they only sold 5500 of 9000 tickets. ..... New Yorkers can be such ingrates.....
Nothing personal against the real boxing fans of course. ....why is that fight not an instant sell out ?
Maybe sales will pick up on fight night.


That's what the rumors are right now. It doesn't see ticket sales are as brisk as some had hoped.

On another weigh in related note, Mike Perez came in at 242. He normally fights in the 230 range and was 231 for his last fight against Takam. It has to at least make you wonder about his conditioning some for this fight. As the old saying goes "The scale does not lie."

oubobcat says:

I heard they only sold 5500 of 9000 tickets. ..... New Yorkers can be such ingrates.....
Nothing personal against the real boxing fans of course. ....why is that fight not an instant sell out ?
Maybe sales will pick up on fight night.


That's what the rumors are right now. It doesn't see ticket sales are as brisk as some had hoped.

On another weigh in related note, Mike Perez came in at 242. He normally fights in the 230 range and was 231 for his last fight against Takam. It has to at least make you wonder about his conditioning some for this fight. As the old saying goes "The scale does not lie."

deepwater2 says:

I heard they only sold 5500 of 9000 tickets. ..... New Yorkers can be such ingrates.....
Nothing personal against the real boxing fans of course. ....why is that fight not an instant sell out ?
Maybe sales will pick up on fight night.


I would really like to go to this fight but ....but I really rather see it . No fight party, no friends over to sit with and argue and yell at when they bring a cigar inside. This is a fight that I want to turn up the volume sit next to my wife (who loves the fight game) and sit back and see every move these guys make on HD while drinking a Cold beer or two. No phone , no guests to worry about, No distractions. Going to a fight live is great but I miss the little things no matter how close I sit. Its totally worth going to a fight live,dress up , have a nice dinner, drinks, enjoy the crowd and be part of the event but in the case there is no place I rather be besides home with the wife yelling at the TV.

GGG sold out the Theater last time I went but its smaller then the main room at the Garden. If GGG was fighting Peter Q or Danny Jacobs it would be a sell out. No one in NY knows who Geale is and he has made no noise that I have heard. The hospital I work for sent out emails that they are giving some tickets away to the Garcia fight so the ticket sales for that must be terrible. They are giving tickets away at my job. I have never seen this before. Concerts and plays, yes. Boxing, no.

Skibbz says:

Fair point D2. If GGG fights in Europe again I will be going, unless he decides to make the Gardens is new home then I guess i'll have to hop the pond for a big fight. Geale is in for some seriously hard leather and I think he knows it. Can't wait.

ArneK. says:

It's no surprise that ticket sales have been sluggish. An Australian vs. a guy from Kazakhstan doesn't tap into the tribal loyalties that have propelled boxing throughout its history. Moreover, the odds are lopsided in favor of GGG.

Oubabcat passes along useful information when he mentions that Perez weighed in at 242, a "compact" 242 as one report has it. Looking at his record I noticed an oddity. Two of his wins occurred on the same date. Yes, he appeared in two different bouts on the same show. We don't see that much around these parts anymore.

brownsugar says:

I would really like to go to this fight but ....but I really rather see it . No fight party, no friends over to sit with and argue and yell at when they bring a cigar inside. This is a fight that I want to turn up the volume sit next to my wife (who loves the fight game) and sit back and see every move these guys make on HD while drinking a Cold beer or two. No phone , no guests to worry about, No distractions. Going to a fight live is great but I miss the little things no matter how close I sit. Its totally worth going to a fight live,dress up , have a nice dinner, drinks, enjoy the crowd and be part of the event but in the case there is no place I rather be besides home with the wife yelling at the TV.

GGG sold out the Theater last time I went but its smaller then the main room at the Garden. If GGG was fighting Peter Q or Danny Jacobs it would be a sell out. No one in NY knows who Geale is and he has made no noise that I have heard. The hospital I work for sent out emails that they are giving some tickets away to the Garcia fight so the ticket sales for that must be terrible. They are giving tickets away at my job. I have never seen this before. Concerts and plays, yes. Boxing, no.


Right I just hope he doesn't take his business over seas like Klitschko did.

Bernie Campbell says:

Danny jacobs? sell out? Whuts he gonna do give his review on Beyoneces latest recording? may i ssk what distinguishes danny jacobs as a fighter and boxing personality that he scores?

The Commish says:

Michael Woods joined Gerry Cooney & me on our SiriusXM show last night and talked about the weigh-in...how GGG was not his usual, smiling self...how he blew off several reporters whom he had promised interviews to...and how he looked tighter than anybody remembers seeing him.

I suppose it had to happen eventually. That always shining, smiling, jovial face of GGG has turned sullen and serious. I can't blame him. It's hours before the fight. In MSG. On HBO. Against perhaps the best opponent he has ever been in with. Talks of future mega-fights are swirling around. Cotto. Chavez. Alvarez. Ward. $$$May.

How could he NOT be serious?

At the bell, GGG will have his fight face on--and take care of business. He will methodically stalk Geale and begin to break him down. I expect it'll take time and rounds, but Geale will not be able to withstand the assault, and crumble by the 10th round.

After the victory, GGG's smile will return, along with his jovial demeanor.

Until then, he's all business.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

Michael Woods joined Gerry Cooney & me on our SiriusXM show last night and talked about the weigh-in...how GGG was not his usual, smiling self...how he blew off several reporters whom he had promised interviews to...and how he looked tighter than anybody remembers seeing him.

I suppose it had to happen eventually. That always shining, smiling, jovial face of GGG has turned sullen and serious. I can't blame him. It's hours before the fight. In MSG. On HBO. Against perhaps the best opponent he has ever been in with. Talks of future mega-fights are swirling around. Cotto. Chavez. Alvarez. Ward. $$$May.

How could he NOT be serious?

At the bell, GGG will have his fight face on--and take care of business. He will methodically stalk Geale and begin to break him down. I expect it'll take time and rounds, but Geale will not be able to withstand the assault, and crumble by the 10th round.

After the victory, GGG's smile will return, along with his jovial demeanor.

Until then, he's all business.

-Randy G.


I think Golovkin realizes this is a real test tonight. I also think we are going to see a real good fight.

In my opinion, these are the top two middleweights in the world. I posted in another thread the similarities between this bout and a fight more than a decade ago between Kostya Tszyu and Vince Phillips. I believe Geale will push and test Golovkin tonight like Golovkin has never been pushed before. Will it be enough to pull the major upset? We will see but I feel Geale has a much, much better chance than most people are giving him. I can't wait for this one, just a few hours to go to the opening bell.

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