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Quick Hits: Gennady Golovkin

by Kieran Mulvaney

 

In pursuit of professional boxing success, Gennady Golovkin moved from his native Kazakhstan first to Germany and now to the United States. Since making his HBO debut in September 2012, the 31-year-old middleweight champion has exploded into one of the most electrifying and talked-about athletes in boxing. He sat down with HBO.com to answer some questions about the man behind the powerful punches.

HBO

Do you remember your very first fight, perhaps as a child?

Gennady Golovkin

Yes, I remember. It was a very long time ago. Twenty-two years ago. I forget what weight division. I lost my first fight. Well, I didn't lose. I was very young; I had a fight with an older guy. I was beating him, and a lot of people watching were going, 'Wow,' but this guy, he had a platform and it was my first fight, so the referee said he won. Every month, my coach took a big interest in me, and I love the boxing gym, so I just fight, fight, fight.

HBO

If you could fight anyone, present or past, is there anyone who you wish you could have fought?

Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin: I think yes, Sugar Ray Robinson. I remember watching him on TV. I like him because he is in my division. I respect his speed, his tactics, his power.

HBO

Are there other sports that you like?

Gennady Golovkin

Swimming, tennis, soccer - and basketball.

HBO

Do you have any favorite athletes?

Gennady Golovkin

Three. In Russia, in wrestling, Alexander Karelin. He was a big name. Michael Phelps. And Michael Jordan. I could not say which is one, two or three.

HBO

If you weren't a fighter, what would you be?

Gennady Golovkin

Oh, I don't know. Good question.

HBO

Is there anything about you that your fans would be surprised to know? Do you have any hobbies?

Gennady Golovkin

I like fishing. I don't have time for hobbies; my spare time is for holidays with my wife, my family, my child. Going to Germany or to Kazakhstan to see my parents.

HBO

You have one child?

Gennady Golovkin

Yes, a boy. He is four years old next year.

HBO

One great thing with your success is that you can create a good future for your son. What would you like that future to be?

Gennady Golovkin

First, I would like that he goes to university, because that is very important.

HBO

In 2012, you were already a star on YouTube. For American fans, that was how we could see you. In a short space of time, you've gone from that to fighting in Monaco, and here in the United States and on HBO. It seems like it's all going to plan.

Gennady Golovkin

Yes. [Smiles] Exactly. Every fight is a baby step. Right now is my time at middleweight.

Gennady Golovkin

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