|Power Surge! Gennady Golovkin plans to shake up the middleweight division
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 8, 2012)
guy hits like a hammer. I tried everything, but it did not work. You
have to give him credit, because he had a good handle on the situation
and it was an honor to meet him in the ring.
Golvkin is a 30-year middleweight with a mythical reputation. Golovkin
won silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens , a 2003 World
Championship and victories over the likes Andy Lee, Matt Korobov, and
Andre Dirrel. His knockout of Lucian Bute (in the amateurs) is a YouTube
debut performance in America shocked some and opened up the eyes of
others. Golvkin brutalized super game Grzegorz Proksa over five rounds.
He dropped Proksa in the first round, again in the fourth and put him
down for good in the fifth. The knockout was his 11th in a row. The power display was stunning. The hype had fit the performance.
“It was a good first in America ,” said Golvkin. “I am ready for anyone.”
(24-0, 21 KOs ) is the son of a Korean mom and a Russian dad. He was
born in Kazakhstan , a country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe . His
sterling amateur career convinced many that his future was bright. His
professional career started slowly. Golvkin first captured a part of a
world title in 2010 (he is now the recognized middleweight champion by
both the WBA and IBO) with a first round knockout over Michael Nunez.
Though racking up victories in Europe, America didn’t beckon.
K2 (owned by the Klitscko brothers) Promotions signed Golovkin last January. The deal included fights in the United States . Golovkin
traveled to Big Bear, Ca to train. His sparring sessions with Antonio
Margerito, Alfredo Angulo, Canelo Alverez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
only added to his mystique. Reports circulated that he handled Chavez
Jr. and humbled Alvarez.
Golovkin’s style is a mixture of poise, toughness, and physically superiority. He treated Proksa like a little brother. He pushed him around constantly. His punches drew many ohs and ahs from the audience in Verona , N.Y.
African Thomas Oosthuizen gets his chance to knock Golovkin off his
pedestal next January at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York
. Oosthizan (20-0, 13 KOs ) will have an advantage in height (five
inches) and reach (four inches). Will it matter?
Someone wiser than this writer wrote that, “Power is the great equalizer.”