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Gennady Golovkin

Posted 12:00 AM | May 31, 2013

Weight Class: Middleweight

30 Wins | 0 Losses | 27 KOs

Hometown: Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Birthdate: April 8, 1982
Height: 5' 9 1/2"
Reach: 73 1/2"
Nickname: GGG

2014 FIGHT BY FIGHT --- Golovkin returned to Monte Carlo for the second time on February 1, 2014, challenged by world ranked contender Osumana Adama, 22-3-0, of Chicago, Illinois via Accra, Ghana. The bout took placed at the famed Salles des Etoiles once again in front of a packed house of European sport superstars and celebrities along with Princess Charlene of Monte Carlo.

Broadcast to over 150 countries, Golovkin controlled the action from the outset, drilling Adama to the canvas in the first and sixth round before referee Luis Pabon called a halt to the bout at the 1:20 mark of the seventh round following the challengers third knockdown. It was the first time Adama had been stopped in his thirteen-year professional career.

2013 FIGHT BY FIGHT --- On November 2, 2013, Golovkin returned to Madison Square Garden with a sensational performance, stopping top rated challenger Curtis Stevens, 25-3-0 in front of a packed house of cheering fans. Drilling Stevens to the canvas in the second round with a devastating left hook, Golovkin pummeled Stevens at will with brutal power shots prior to the Brooklyn native's corner calling a halt to the action after the eighth round.

Telecast live on HBO, the clash was the third highest rated cable boxing broadcast in 2013, cementing Golovkin status as the breakout star of the year in boxing. The title defense was also broadcast live in over 100 countries.

Golovkin stopped two-time former world title challenger Matthew Macklin, 29-4-0 in the third round on June 29, 2013, at the Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Taking control of the action from the opening bell, Golovkin walked down Macklin with accurate power shots from each hand that had the British-born Irishman in trouble early. A crunching left hook to the body drilled Macklin to the canvas, unable to beat the count and remaining down in the ring for some time. It was the 14th straight stoppage win for Golovkin and 8th defense of his world title.

Happy for his victory, Golovkin said, "My perfect position for that body shot. I want to fight Sergio Martinez. I felt great in the ring. He never hurt me. It was an easy fight for me. I want to fight again soon.

On March 30, 2013, Golovkin stopped former world title challenger Nobuhiro Ishida, 24-8-2 in the third round at the Salle Des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. After dominating the action with his patented heavy handed body shots and outstanding defense in the first two rounds against the game contender, Golovkin drilled Ishida to the canvas with a blistering overhand right hand causing referee Stanley Christodoulou to immediately call a halt to the action at the 2:20 mark of the stanza. The knockout was the first time Ishida had been stopped in his thirteen-year career and certainly a contender for "Knockout of the Year." The bout was broadcast live to over sixty countries and Golovkin received high praise from media outlets across the globe.

Among the international dignitaries sitting ringside in support of his performance was Prince Albert of Monaco who congratulated Golovkin in the ring following the knockout.

On January 19, 2013, Golovkin successfully defended his WBO and IBO World Middleweight Titles with a dominant seventh round stoppage of Philadelphia's Gabriel Rosado, 21-5-0 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Broadcast on HBO, Golovkin proved to be too strong and aggressive for the game but outgunned Rosado who was bloodied throughout the fight from a bad cut above his left eye. The valiant Rosado, despite being badly hurt stayed on his feet until his corner through in the towel at the 2:46 mark of the seventh round.

2012 FIGHT BY FIGHT- Golovkin made his highly anticipated  HBO and United States debut on Saturday, September 1, 2012 against #3 WBA ranked and European Champion Grzegorz Proksa, 28-1-0, from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

Starting quickly, Golovkin battered the southpaw Proksa with crunching body shots in the first round dropping him in the initial stanza. Although valiant and aggressive, Proksa had no answer for Golovkin's pinpoint power shots, being drilled again to the canvas in the fourth and for the third and final time in the fifth round with referee Charlie Fitch halting the action at the 1:11 mark.

Golovkin's world title defense and sensational performance sent shock waves throughout the boxing industry with media and fans being overwhelmingly impressed by the stoppage. It was thought by many in the boxing media to be the finest debut on HBO in more than a decade.

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