Gennady Golovkin

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Gennady Golovkin
Геннадий Головкин
Gennady Golovkin 2015.jpg
Golovkin in 2015
Statistics
Real name Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin
Nickname(s)
  • GGG ("Triple G")
  • God of War
Rated at Middleweight
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Reach 178 cm (70 in)
Nationality Kazakhstani
Born (1982-04-08) 8 April 1982 (age 35)
Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
(now Karagandy, Kazakhstan)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 37
Wins by KO 33
Losses 0

Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (Kazakh: Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин; born 8 April 1982) is a Kazakhstani professional boxer who currently holds the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles. As of May 2017, he is ranked as the world's best middleweight by BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and second best by The Ring, behind Andre Ward. He is also ranked as the world's second best boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring;[1] fifth by BoxRec,[2] and seventh by the TBRB.[3]

Golovkin won his first major world championship, the WBA interim middleweight title, by defeating Milton Núñez in 2010. He was elevated to WBA (Regular) champion in the same year, and in 2011 would win the vacant IBO middleweight title by defeating Lajuan Simon. In 2014, Golovkin was elevated to his current status of WBA (Super) champion and successfully defended both his titles against Daniel Geale. Later that year he defeated Marco Antonio Rubio to add the WBC interim middleweight title to his collection, and defeated David Lemieux in 2015 to win the IBF middleweight title. After Canelo Álvarez vacated his WBC middleweight title in 2016, Golovkin was elevated to full champion and now holds world titles by three of the four major boxing sanctioning bodies.

A calculating pressure fighter, Golovkin is known for his powerful and precise punching, balance, and methodical movement. With a streak of 23 knockouts that spanned from 22 November 2008 to 18 March 2017, he holds the highest knockout percentage – 89.8% – in middleweight championship history. In 2016, he achieved his 17th title defense by knockout, which equalled the record set by Wilfredo Gómez in 1982. Golovkin is also said to have one of the best chins in modern boxing, having never been knocked down or knocked out in a total of 387 fights, neither as a professional nor amateur.[4][5]

In his amateur career, Golovkin won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2003 World Championships. He went on to represent Kazakhstan at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning a middleweight silver medal.

Personal life[edit]

In 2006 Golovkin moved from his native Kazakhstan to Stuttgart, Germany, and then in late 2014 to Santa Monica, California, where he currently lives with his family. He trains in Big Bear, California.[6] He and his wife Alina have a son, Vadim, who is in primary school.[7] Golovkin speaks four languages: Kazakh, German, Russian and English.[8] His fraternal twin brother, Maxim, an amateur boxer, joined Gennady's camp and team in 2012.[9] Golovkin said that he wanted his son to attend school in California, because his training camp, team and promotions are based in California, a lot of his friends live in California and Golovkin said that California is a beautiful place.[10] Golovkin said that his favorite food is beef.[11] Golovkin said that he enjoys playing games with his son and spending time with his family.[12]

Early life[edit]

Gennady Golovkin was born on April 8, 1982, in the city of Karagandy in the Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (now Karagandy, Kazakhstan) as one of four brothers to a Russian father who was a coal miner, and a Korean mother[13] who was an assistant in a chemical laboratory.[14][15] Golovkin's first boxing gym was in Maikuduk, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, where his first boxing coach was Victor Dmitriev.[16]

Golovkin had two older brothers named Sergey and Vadim and a twin brother named Max. Sergey and Vadim had encouraged Golovkin to start boxing when Golovkin was eight years old. When Golovkin was nine years old, Golovkin's two older brothers joined the Soviet Army. In 1990, the government told Golovkin's family that Vadim was dead. In 1994, the government had told Golovkin's family that Sergey was dead.[17]

Golovkin said that his first boxing trainer was "very good".[18]

As a youth, Golovkin would walk the streets with his brothers, who went around picking fights for him with grown men. When asked by his brothers, "Are you afraid of him?," Golovkin would respond with "No," and be told to fight. "My brothers, they were doing that from when I was in kindergarten," Golovkin said. "Every day, different guys."[19]

Amateur career[edit]

He was a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program since November 2002.

At the 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok, he won the gold medal beating future two-time champion Matvey Korobov (RUS) 19:10, Andy Lee (29:9), Lucian Bute (stoppage), Yordanis Despaigne in the semi-finals (29:26) and Oleg Mahskin in the finals.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics he beat Ramadan Yasser Abdelghafar 31 – 20 and Andre Dirrell 23 – 18, lost to the Russian Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov 18 -28 and won the silver medal. He qualified for the Athens Games by winning the gold medal at the 2004 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. In the final he defeated home fighter Christopher Camat.

At the world championships 2005 he sensationally lost to Mohamed Hikal. He finished his amateur career with an outstanding record of 345–5.[20]

Amateur highlights[edit]

  • 2000 won the Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary as a Light Welterweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Hao Yen Kuo (Chinese Taipei) RSC-3
    • Defeated Alexander Renz (Germany) PTS (26–7)
    • Defeated Benjamin Kalinovic (Croatia) PTS (21–10)
    • Defeated Evgeni Putilov (Russia) PTS (24–10)
    • Defeated Maikel Perez (Cuba) PTS (30–17)
  • 2002 won the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea as a Light Middleweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Abdullah Shekib (Afghanistan) AB-1
    • Defeated Nagimeldin Adam (Qatar) RSCO-1
    • Defeated Song In Joon (South Korea) PTS (18–12)
    • Defeated Suriya Prasathinpimai (Thailand) RSCO-3
  • 2003 won the World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand as a Middleweight. Results were:
  • 2004 Middleweight Olympic Silver Medalist as a member of the Kazakh Olympic Team. His results were:

Professional career[edit]

Contracted to Universum[edit]

After ending his amateur career in 2005, Golovkin signed a professional deal with the Universum Box-Promotion (UBP) and made his professional debut in May 2006. By the end of 2008 Golovkin's record stood at 14–0 (11 KO) and whilst his best win was over Ian Gardner it was obvious that he had the talent to reach the top as long he was let off the proverbial leash. Unfortunately under Universum that didn't seem likely to happen any time soon and Golovkin was given 4 more relatively easy bouts in 2009. In 2010, Universum started to run into financial issues after having been dropped by German television channel ZDF. This caused a number of issues for Golovkin who was effectively unable to fight in Germany, and contract disputes between the two parties got complicated.[21]

Golovkin terminated his contract with Universum in January 2010 and stated the following in an interview: "The reason for this decision is that I've always been placed behind Felix Sturm and Sebastian Zbik by Universum. Our demands to fight against Felix Sturm or Sabastian Zbik have been always rejected on absurd grounds. Universum had no real plan or concept for me, they did not even try to bring my career forward. They would rather try to prevent me from winning a title as long as Sturm and Zbik are champions. Further more, bouts against well-known and interesting opponents were held out in prospect, but nothing happened. This situation was not acceptable. It was time to move forward."[22]

Signing with K2 and training with Abel Sanchez[edit]

Golovkin was determined to become a worldwide name, dreaming of following in the Klitschko brothers' footsteps by fighting in Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. He signed with K2 and went into training in Big Bear, California, with Abel Sanchez, the veteran trainer behind Hall of Famer Terry Norris and many other top talents. Sanchez was stunned by and impressed with Golovkin's talent and attitude from their first meeting. He has since then worked to add Mexican-style aggression to Golovkin's Kazakh-style amateur discipline, thereby producing a formidable hybrid champion. "I have a chalkboard in the gym, and I wrote Ali's name, Manny Pacquiao's name and his name," Sanchez said. "I told him, 'You could be right there.' He was all sheepish, but once I felt his hands, and I saw how smart he was in the ring and how he caught on... sheesh. He's going to be the most-avoided fighter in boxing, or he's going to get the chance he deserves."[23]

Fighting in the United States[edit]

Golovkin vs. Proksa, Rosado[edit]

Distant view of Golovkin fighting against Gabriel Rosado at Madison Square Garden in January 2013.

Golovkin put on an impressive performance in his American debut by battering The Ring's #10-rated Middleweight Grzegorz Proksa (28–1, 21 KO). Golovkin's fifth-round TKO was Proksa's first loss by knockout.[24] In October when Super WBA Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale signed to fight Anthony Mundine in a rematch, the WBA stripped Geale of the title and named Golovkin the sole WBA champion at middleweight.[25]

Golovkin followed up his Proksa win with a TKO victory over The Ring's #9-rated light middleweight Gabriel Rosado (21–5, 13 KO) on the HBO Salido-Garcia card in the co-main event. The fight was halted when Rosado's corner threw in the towel to save Rosado, who was battered and bleeding heavily from his nose and left eye. At the time of the stoppage, Golovkin led on the judges' scorecards 60–54, 60–54, 59–55.[26]

Golovkin vs. Ishida, Macklin[edit]

On March 30, 2013, Golovkin became the first to knock out former WBA interim super welterweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (24–8–2, 9 KO), finishing him in the third round with a vicious overhand right.[27][28][29][Video 1]

Golovkin fought British former two-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut on June 29, 2013. The fight was officially announced in April. Macklin previously lost back to back world title fights against Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez in 2011 and 2012, respectively.[30] There was a total of 2,211 fans in attendance. Macklin was billed as Golovkin's toughest opponent to date. In round 1, Golovkin landed clean with his right hand and sent Macklin against the ropes, although it could have been ruled a knockdown because it appeared that only the roped kept Macklin on his feet, referee Eddie Cotton, ruled out the knockdown. Golovkin dominate the first two rounds. In the third round, Golvokin landed a right uppercut followed by a left hook to the body. The impact was said to have been heard at ringside. Macklin, in pain was counted out and the fight was stopped at 1 minute 22 seconds of the round. Macklin called Golovkin the best opponent he has fought in the post-fight interview. Golovkin retained his WBA and IBO world titles. He earned $350,000 compared to the $300,000 earned by Macklin.[31][32]

Golovkin vs. Stevens[edit]

On November 2, 2013, Golovkin successfully defended his titles against The Ring's #9-rated Middleweight Curtis Stevens (25–3, 18 KO) via an eighth-round technical knockout, methodically breaking down the latter with many ferocious punches to the head and body.[33] Stevens went down hard in the 2nd from two left hooks to the head, and after watching their fighter absorb enormous punishment Stevens' corner called for a halt in the 8th.[34] The event captured huge interest around the world, with it being broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide, including SKY in the United Kingdom, Channel 1 in Russia and Polsat TV in Poland.[35] The win was Golovkin's 15th straight stoppage victory and further cemented his status as one of the greatest finishers in the middleweight division. Golovkin's purse was $400,000 while Stevens received $290,000.

Golovkin's camp requested that he be awarded the WBA (Super) Middleweight title in December 2013, but this was refused by the WBA, as Golovkin was already granted special permission for a fight prior to his mandatory commitment.[36]

Golovkin vs. Adama[edit]

Golovkin's tenth title defense took place in Monte Carlo on February 1, 2014, against former title challenger Osumanu Adama (22–3, 16 KO), which he won by seventh round stoppage. At the end of the 1st round, Golovkin dropped Adama with a solid jab and right hand. Golovkin went on to drop Adama again in the 6th by landing two sharp left hooks to his head, and then again in the 7th with a hard jab. Golovkin then nailed Adama with a left hook to the jaw, sending Adama staggering and forcing the referee to stop the bout.[37]

Unified middleweight champion[edit]

On June 3, 2014, after ten successful title defenses, the World Boxing Association officially elevated Golovkin from Middleweight champion to (Super) champion. Golovkin was also granted a special permission to defend his title against Daniel Geale. Golovkin had been previously ordered to face #2 Jarrod Fletcher.[38]

Golovkin vs. Geale[edit]

On July 26, 2014, Golovkin defended his title for the 11th time, defeating The Ring's #2-rated Middleweight[39] Daniel Geale via a third round stoppage. Golovkin dropped Geale in the second round. A right hand in the third sent Geale down again from which he never recovered completely. A staggering Geale prompted a swift stoppage from referee Michael Ortega. Geale's defeat started from a stiff Golovkin Jab, according to GGG's trainer Abel Sanchez.[citation needed] The accuracy of punches by both fighters were at the 29% mark by Compubox, but the effectiveness of those that connected resulted in a noteworthy win for Golovkin in his record.[40]

Golovkin vs. Rubio[edit]

On August 12, 2014 it was rumored that Golovkin would next fight former multiple time world title challenger and then Interim WBC champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KO).[41] On August 20, the fight between Golovkin and Rubio was made official. K2 Promotions announced the fight would place on October 18, 2014 o HBO at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It would mark the first time Golovkin would fight in the West Coast. Golovkin spoke to ESPN about the announcement, "I'm very excited to fight in California. I always enjoy attending fights at the StubHub Center and look forward to a Mexican-style fight against Marco Antonio Rubio."[42] Rubio failed to make weight, weighing in at 161.8 pounds, thus losing the Interim WBC title on the scales. Rubio was given the 2 hour timescales to lose the extra weight, but decided against this. The fight still went ahead.[43]

Golovkin outworked Rubio in a competitive first round, landing more punches. In the second round, Golovkin landed an overhand power left to the head of Rubio with Rubio on the ropes. Rubio then went to his back on the canvas, and took the full ten count in Spanish from referee Jack Reiss. After the knockout, Rubio got up and was motioning with a glove to the back of his head to the referee. However, the knockout blow was clean, and the count, which was given in Spanish was of normal speed. Golovkin retained his WBA 'Super', IBO middleweight titles and won the Interim WBC title which made him mandatory challenger to full titleholder Miguel Cotto. Golovkin in the post fight showed respect, "Rubio, he does not step back. He is a good fighter. I respect him. It was a very hard punch." Rubio earned $350,000 after having to forfeit $100,000 to Golovkin for not making weight, who earned a base purse of $900,000 not including any pay through his promoter. With this being Golovkin's 12th successive defense, it tied him with Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Felix Sturm for third-most in middleweight history.[44][45]

Golovkin vs. Murray[edit]

On February 21, 2015, Golovkin, having previously defeated both Nobuhiro Ishida and Osumanu Adama, defended his middleweight titles against British fighter Martin Murray in Monte Carlo. Murray started the fight off well defensively, but by the fourth round Golovkin began to heat up and started finding Murray consistently. Murray was knocked down twice in the fourth round, even sustaining an additional punch to the head while down on a knee. Golovkin found it much easier to land his punches on Murray in the middle-rounds. Although Murray's chin withstood a lot of Golovkin punches in those middle-rounds, he eventually went down again in round 10 after sustaining a lot of punishment. Murray came out for round 11 and therefore had lasted longer in the ring with Golovkin than any other of his opponents so far, although Murray came out with a bloodied countenance and Golovkin continued to connect with shots, the referee stopped the bout as he felt Murray was not fighting back effectively and had taken too many punches. Golovkin's victory over Murray was his 13th consecutive successful title defense, placing him third all-time in consecutive middleweight title defenses behind Bernard Hopkins (19) and Carlos Monzón (14).[46]

Golovkin vs. Monroe Jr.[edit]

On May 16, 2015, Golovkin successfully defended his titles against American Willie Monroe Jr. (19–1, 6 KOs) at The Forum, Inglewood, California. In the first minute of the first round, Monroe started fast with superior movement and jabs, but after that the pace slowed with GGG cutting off the ring and outworking him. In round six, GGG came forward and quickly caught an off guard Monroe with power shots along the ropes, and Monroe went down to his knees, just beating the ten count of referee Jack Reiss. Referee Reiss was willing to give Monroe another chance, but Monroe did not respond. Reiss immediately stopped the contest. At the time of the stoppage, the scorecards read 50–43, 50–43, and 49–44 for Golovkin. Golovkin landed 133 of 297 punches thrown (45%), Monroe landed 87 punches of 305 thrown (29%).[47]

Golovkin vs. Lemieux[edit]

It was announced in July 2015 that Golovkin would be defending his three world titles against IBF world champion David Lemieux (34–2, 31 KOs) in a unification fight at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 17, 2015 live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Both boxers took to twitter to announce the news. Lemieux won the then vacant IBF title by outpointing Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in June 2015.[48]

Golovkin defeated Lemieux via eighth-round technical knockout to unify his WBA (Super), IBO, and WBC Interim Middleweight titles with Lemieux's IBF title. Golovkin established the pace with his jab while landing his power shots in between, keeping Lemieux off-balance the entire night. Lemieux was dropped by a body shot in the fifth round and sustained an additional punch to the head after he had taken a knee. He was badly staggered in the eighth, so the referee was forced to halt the bout. With this 21st consecutive knockout victory, Golovkin passed Monzón for most consecutive middleweight title defenses with 15. Golovkin landed 280 of 549 punches thrown (51%) whilst Lemieux landed 89 of 335 (27%).[49]

The fight generated 153,000 PPV buys on HBO and generated a further $2 million live gate from the sold out arena.[50] The fight was replayed later in the week and averaged 797,000 viewers and peaked just over 1 million viewers.[51]

Golovkin vs. Wade[edit]

A 2016 stamp sheet of Kazakhstan dedicated to Golovkin

On February 10, 2016, it was announced that Golovkin would defend his IBF and WBA middleweight titles on HBO against IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18–0, 12 KOs) on April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This bout wasn't expected to be very competitive for Golovkin, who also stated that he wouldn't underestimate Wade and added, "I’m happy to fight again at the Forum in front of my fans and friends in Los Angeles, Dominic Wade is a very hungry and skilled middleweight who is undefeated and will be another big test for me." Wade was very thankful for getting the opportunity to fight Golovkin, "I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to fight ‘GGG’ for the IBF Middleweight Championship on April 23! I’ve worked hard my entire career to get to this point. I’m poised and ready to take on the challenge."[52] The card was co-featured by Roman Gonzalez who successfully defended his WBC flyweight title with a unanimous points decision over McWilliams Arroyo. Golovkin successfully defended his World Middleweight titles with an early stoppage of Wade, his 22nd successive knockout. Unbeaten Wade was knocked down three times before the fight was stopped with 23 seconds remaining in round 2.[53] Golovkin reportedly earned a career high $2m for this fight compared to the $500,000 that Wade earned. The fight drew an average of 1.33M viewers on HBO.[54]

Golovkin vs. Álvarez negotiations[edit]

Following Saúl Álvarez's victory against Miguel Cotto, talks began between the Golovkin and Álvarez camps over the future WBC title defense. In the end, an agreement was ultimately reached to allow interim bouts before the fight to, in the words of WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, "maximize the interest in their highly anticipated showdown.[55] The fight was anticipated to take place well into 2016.

On May 18, 2016, Álvarez vacated the WBC middleweight title, which resulted in Golovkin being immediately awarded the title by the WBC who officially recognized him as their middleweight champion.[56]

Golovkin vs. Brook[edit]

On July 8, 2016, it was announced that Golovkin would fight undefeated British IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook (36–0, 25 KOs). The fight took place on September 10, 2016, at the O2 Arena in London, England. Brook was scheduled to fight in a unification bout against Jessie Vargas, whereas there was negotiations for Golovkin to fight Chris Eubank Jr., however negotiations fell through and Brook agreed to move up two weight divisions to challenge Golovkin. This was Golovkin's 17th world title defence. The fight aired in the United States on HBO and on Sky Box Office pay-per-view in the United Kingdom.[57]

Golovkin came out aggressively, going as far as to buckle the Englishman's legs in the first round. He was met with stiff resistance as Brook began to fire back, connecting multiple clean combinations on Golovkin, none of which were able to faze him. In the second round Brook had his greatest success of the fight, but in the process had his right eye socket broken. Over the next three rounds, Golovkin began to break Brook down.The Englishman showed courage, determination and a great chin as he absorbed the bulk of a Golovkin onslaught. Despite this, Brook's corner threw in the towel to protect their fighter's damaged right eye, ending the fight in the fifth round with both boxers still standing.[58][59] According to Compubox punch stats, Golovkin landed 133 of his 301 punches thrown (44.2%), whilst Brook landed 85 punches, having thrown 261 (32.6%). The was aired live on HBO in the afternoon and drew an average of 843,000 viewers and peaked at 907,000 viewers. This was considered to be a huge success for an afternoon showing. A replay was shown later in the evening as part of the world super flyweight title fight between Roman Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras. The replay averaged 593,000 viewers.[60]

Golovkin vs. Jacobs[edit]

Following the win over Brook, there were immediate talks of a WBA unification fight against 'Regular' champion Daniel Jacobs (32–1, 29 KOs), as part of WBA's plan to reduce the amount of world titles in each division from three to one. Team Golovkin spoke of fighting Billy Joe Saunders after the Jacob's fight which would be a middleweight unification fight for all the belts.[61]

The date discussed initially was 10 December, which Golovkin's team had on hold for Madison Square Garden. The date was originally set by HBO for Álvarez after he defeated Liam Smith, but Canelo confirmed he would not be fighting again until 2017 after fracturing his right thumb. There was ongoing negotiations between Tom Loeffler and Al Haymon about the split in purses, if the fight goes to purse bids, it would be a 75–25 split with Golovkin taking the lions share due to him being the 'Super' champion. As the negotiations continued, Jacobs wanted a better split, around 60–40. The WBA granted an extension for the negotiation period on 7 October, as the two sides originally had until October 10 to come to an arrangement or else a purse bid would be due. There was also a request to change the purse bid split to 60–40, which the WBA declined. Golovkin started his training camp for the fight on 17 October.[62][63][64][65]

Loeffler told the LA Times on 18 October, although the negotiations remain active, the fight will not take place on December 10. A new date for early 2017 would need to be set, still looking at Madison Square Garden to host the fight.[66][67] Golovkin prides himself on being an extremely active fighter, and this is the first year since 2012 that he has been in fewer than three fights.[68] WBA president Gilberto Mendoza confirmed in an email to RingTV that a deal had to be made by 5pm on December 7 or a purse bid would be held on December 19 in Panama. Later that day, the WBA announced a purse bid would be scheduled with a minimum bid of $400,000, with Golovkin receiving 75% and Jacobs 25%.[69][70] Although purse bids were announced, Loeffler stated he would carry on negotiations, hopeful that a deal would be reached before the purse bid.[71]

On December 17, terms were finally agreed and it was officially announced that the fight would take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 18, 2017 exclusively on HBO PPV.[72] Golovkin tweeted the announcement via whilst Jacobs uploaded a quick video on social media. At the time of the fight, both fighters had a combined 35 consecutive knockouts. It was reported that Golovkin's IBO world title would not be at stake. The IBO website later confirmed the belt would be at stake.[73][74] HBO officially announced the fight on December 22, being billed as "Middleweight Madness".[75] Loeffler confirmed there was no rematch clause in place.[76] Ultimately, the IBF title was not at stake for Jacobs because he skipped a fight-day weight check. Unlike the other major sanctioning bodies, the IBF requires participants in title fights to submit to a weight check on the morning of the fight, as well as the official weigh-in the day before the fight; at the morning weight check, they can weigh no more than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) above the fight's weight limit.[77]

In front of a sell out crowd of 19,939, the fight went the full 12 rounds. This was the first time that Golovkin fought 12 rounds in his professional career. Golovkin's ring control, constant forward pressure and effective jab lead to a 115-112, 115-112, 114-113 unanimous decision victory, ending his 23 fight knockout streak which dated back to November 2008.[78] ESPN had Golovkin winning 115-112. The opening three rounds were quiet with very little action. In the fourth round, Golovkin dropped Jacobs with a short right hand along the ropes for a flash knockdown. Jacobs recovered, but Golovkin controlled most of the middle rounds. Jacobs was effective in switching between orthodox and southpaw stance, but remained on the back foot. Both boxers were warned once in the fight by referee Charlie Fitch for rabbit punching. According to Compubox punch stats, Golovkin landed 231 of 615 punches (38%) which was more than Jacobs who landed 175 of 541 (32%). Following the fight, some doubted Golovkin did enough to win. Jacobs thought he had won the fight by two rounds and attributed the loss due to the potential big money fight that is Golovkin vs. Canelo. Jacobs also stated after being knocked down, he told Golovkin, "he'd have to kill me." In the post-fight interview, Golovkin said, “I’m a boxer, not a killer. I respect the game.” Before revenue shares, it was reported that Golovkin would earn at least $2.5 million compared to Jacobs $1.75 million.[79][80][81]

On March 24, Tom Loeffler revealed the fight generated 170,000 pay-per-view buys.[82] A replay was shown on HBO later in the week and averaged 709,000 viewers.[83] Lance Pugmire from LA Times reported the live gate was $3.7 million, a big increase from the Golovkin vs. Lemieux PPV which did $2 million. He also said that merchandise and sponsors were higher.[84]

Golovkin vs. Álvarez[edit]

After retaining his belts against Jacobs, Golovkin stated that he wanted to unify the middleweight division and hold all the belts available. British boxer Billy Joe Saunders currently holds the WBO title. After defeating Jacobs, Golovkin said, 'My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division. Of course, Billy Joe is the last one. It is my dream.'' There was rumours of the fight taking place in Golovkin's home country Kazakhstan in June during the EXPO 2017. The last time Golovkin fought in his home country was in 2010.[85] On March 20, Golovkin said that he would fight Saunders in his native Kazakhstan or the O2 Arena in London.[86]

Saunders tweeted on social media that although he didn't watch Golovkin's fight with Jacobs, he was ready to fight him.[87] Saunders claimed to have signed the contract on his end and gave Golovkin a deadline to sign his.[88] On March 29, Frank Warren also stated that Golovkin would have ten days to sign for the fight.[89] Saunders later claimed to have moved on from Golovkin, until Warren said the deal was still in place.[90] Over the next week, Saunders continued to insult Golovkin through social media.[91] On April 7, Warren told iFL TV, that Golovkin had a hand injury, which was the reason why the fight hadn't been made. In the interview, he said, "At the moment, they’re saying that Golovkin’s injured. So we’re waiting to see where this is all going. But as far as I’m concerned, we agreed [to] terms." It was also noted that he would wait until May 6, for any updates.[92] On April 11, it was reported that the fight would not take place and Golovkin would ultimately focus on a September 2017 fight against Canelo Álvarez.[93]

Immediately after the Chavez fight on May 6, Canelo Álvarez announced that he would next fight Golovkin on the weekend of September 16, 2017 at a location to be determined. Golovkin, who before the fight stated he would not attend, was joined by his trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler.[94] Golovkin joined him in the ring during the announcement to help promote their upcoming bout. Speaking through a translator, Álvarez said, "Golovkin, you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I've never feared anyone, since I was 15 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone." When Golovkin arrived in the ring, he said, "I feel very excited. Right now is a different story. In September, it will be a different style -- a big drama show. I'm ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September."[95] In the post-fight press conference, both boxers came face to face and spoke about the upcoming fight.[96]

On May 9, Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions told the LA Times that Álvarez had an immediate rematch clause in place on his contract, whereas Golovkin, if he loses, won't be guaranteed a rematch.[97] De La Hoya later also revealed in an interview with ESPN the fight would take place at the full middleweight limit of 160 pounds with no re-hydration clauses, meaning Golovkin and Álvarez would be able to gain unlimited amount of weight following the weigh in.[98] On June 5, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was announced as the venue of the fight, and would mark the first time Golovkin would fight in the state of Nevada. The AT&T Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Dodgers Stadium missed out on hosting the fight.[99] Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions said in a statement that Álvarez would fight for the IBF meaning he would participate in the second day weight in, which the IBF require that each boxer weighs no more than 10 pounds over the 160 pound limit. Although he said there was no word on whether Álvarez would fight for the WBC title, Álvarez claimed that he would not be.[100]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
37 fights 37 wins 0 losses
By knockout 33 0
By decision 4 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
38 N/A N/A Mexico Canelo Álvarez N/A N/A 16 Sep 2017 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Defending WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles;
For The Ring and vacant lineal middleweight titles
37 Win 37–0 United States Daniel Jacobs UD 12 18 Mar 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles
36 Win 36–0 United Kingdom Kell Brook TKO 5 (12), 1:52 10 Sep 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles.
35 Win 35–0 United States Dominic Wade KO 2 (12), 2:37 23 Apr 2016 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, US Retained WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, and WBC interim middleweight titles
34 Win 34–0 Canada David Lemieux TKO 8 (12), 1:32 17 Oct 2015 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBA (Super), IBO, and WBC interim middleweight titles;
Won IBF middleweight title
33 Win 33–0 United States Willie Monroe Jr. TKO 6 (12), 0:45 16 May 2015 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, US Retained WBA (Super) and IBO middleweight titles
32 Win 32–0 United Kingdom Martin Murray TKO 11 (12), 0:50 21 Feb 2015 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco Retained WBA (Super), IBO, and WBC interim middleweight titles
31 Win 31–0 Mexico Marco Antonio Rubio KO 2 (12), 1:19 18 Oct 2014 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, US Retained WBA (Super) and IBO middleweight titles;
Won WBC interim middleweight title
30 Win 30–0 Australia Daniel Geale TKO 3 (12), 2:47 26 Jul 2014 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBA (Super) and IBO middleweight titles
29 Win 29–0 Ghana Osumanu Adama TKO 7 (12), 1:20 1 Feb 2014 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco Retained WBA and IBO middleweight titles
28 Win 28–0 United States Curtis Stevens RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2 Nov 2013 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBA and IBO middleweight titles
27 Win 27–0 United Kingdom Matthew Macklin KO 3 (12), 1:22 29 Jun 2013 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, US Retained WBA and IBO middleweight titles
26 Win 26–0 Japan Nobuhiro Ishida KO 3 (12), 2:11 30 Mar 2013 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco Retained WBA and IBO middleweight titles
25 Win 25–0 United States Gabriel Rosado TKO 7 (12), 2:46 19 Jan 2013 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBA and IBO middleweight titles
24 Win 24–0 Poland Grzegorz Proksa TKO 5 (12), 1:11 1 Sep 2012 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, US Retained WBA (Regular) and IBO middleweight titles
23 Win 23–0 Japan Makoto Fuchigami TKO 3 (12), 1:17 12 May 2012 Ukraine Ice Palace "Terminal", Kiev, Ukraine Retained WBA (Regular) and IBO middleweight titles
22 Win 22–0 United States Lajuan Simon KO 1 (12), 2:17 9 Dec 2011 Germany Ballsaal Interconti-Hotel, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title;
Won vacant IBO middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 Uganda Kassim Ouma TKO 10 (12), 1:57 17 Jun 2011 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 Colombia Nilson Julio Tapia KO 3 (12), 2:44 16 Dec 2010 Kazakhstan Daulet National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 Colombia Milton Núñez KO 1 (12), 0:58 14 Aug 2010 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama Won WBA interim middleweight title
18 Win 18–0 Russia Mikhail Makarov KO 2 (10), 1:24 21 Nov 2009 Germany Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany
17 Win 17–0 Brazil John Anderson Carvalho KO 2 (12), 2:20 11 Jul 2009 Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Anthony Greenidge KO 5 (10), 0:59 25 Apr 2009 Germany König Palast, Krefeld, Germany
15 Win 15–0 Argentina Javier Alberto Mamani TKO 1 (10), 2:52 17 Jan 2009 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
14 Win 14–0 Belarus Malik Dziarra RTD 2 (10), 3:00 22 Nov 2008 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany
13 Win 13–0 Algeria Amar Amari UD 8 21 Jun 2008 Denmark Brøndby Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
12 Win 12–0 France Ibrahim Sid TKO 8 (8), 0:26 10 May 2008 Germany Brandberge Arena, Halle, Germany
11 Win 11–0 Canada Ian Gardner UD 8 5 Apr 2008 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
10 Win 10–0 South Africa Tshepo Mashego KO 1 (8), 2:04 29 Feb 2008 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
9 Win 9–0 France Mehdi Bouadla UD 8 7 Sep 2007 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Belarus Sergey Khomitsky TKO 5 (8), 1:59 25 May 2007 Germany Fight Night Arena, Cologne, Germany
7 Win 7–0 South Africa Simon Mokoena RTD 6 (8) 27 Feb 2007 Germany Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Senegal Sylvain Gomis KO 4 (6), 1:00 2 Dec 2006 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Argentina Jorge Ariel Garcia KO 2 (6), 2:28 21 Oct 2006 Germany Brandberge Arena, Halle, Germany
4 Win 4–0 Latvia Martins Kukulis TKO 3 (4) 19 Sep 2006 Germany Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Poland Daniel Urbanski TKO 4 (4) 22 Aug 2006 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
2 Win 2–0 Belarus Sergei Navarka TKO 3 (4), 1:10 29 Jul 2006 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
1 Win 1–0 Hungary Gabor Balogh KO 1 (4), 1:28 6 May 2006 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany Professional debut

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
17 October 2015 Golovkin vs. Lemieux Golovkin vs. Lemieux 150,000[101] HBO
10 September 2016 Golovkin vs. Brook Golovkin vs. Brook 500,000[102] Sky Box Office
18 March 2017 Golovkin vs. Jacobs Middleweight Madness 170,000 HBO

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