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Triple G Gennady Golovkin: Next Boxing Legend or Overhyped Boxer?

Updated on October 22, 2014

Gennady Golovkin's Background

Born: Karagands, Kazakh, SSR

Weight: Middleweight (160)

Height: 5 ft. 10 1/2

2004 Olympic Games: Silver Medalist

Knockout Ratio: 90%

World ChMpionships: Gold Medal

WBA World Champion: 12 defenses thus far

Record: (As of 2014) 31-0 with 28 knockouts


What To Make of Triple G

Gennady Golovkin finds himself in an odd position. He is the WBA middleweight champion and he is an Olympic medalist. On the one hand, Golovkin shows excellent boxing skills, devastating power and he has easily dispatched all the top middleweight contenders. On the other hand, Golovkin has not beaten an elite middleweight. He has built a legend by flattening normally durable contenders and it seems that he has become the most avoided man in boxing. He has called Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather, Peter Quillin and Canelo Alvarez. So far no takers.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Gabriel Rosado

Gennady Golovkin scores a T.K.O. over King Raosado in defense of his middleweight championship.
Gennady Golovkin scores a T.K.O. over King Raosado in defense of his middleweight championship. | Source

Gennady Golovkin vs. Curtis Stephens

Triple G puts the beat down on "Showtime" Stephens as he makes sure the contest does not go the distance.
Triple G puts the beat down on "Showtime" Stephens as he makes sure the contest does not go the distance. | Source

Who Hits The Hardest?

Which boxer possesses the most power, in you opinion?

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Power and Speed

Speed: Triple G has very good speed which I would rate as B+. Golovkin has above average speed but he can't match elite speed guys in this department such as Floyd Mayweather or Andre Ward. His timing, experience and style allow him to negate the speed factor. He cuts the ring off well and his speed is a tad bit underrated.

Power: Triple G has knocked out the majority of his opponents and his power is evident. I rank his power an A+. Golovkin is considered a monster when it comes to punching power as he has knocked out his last 18 opponents. His jab, right hand, hooks, uppercuts and precision body punching are all loaded with dynamite. He seems to be naturally heavy handed but he also gets great leverage into his big shots.

Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale Highlights

Gennady Golovkin vs. Mathew Macklin

Triple G knocks out Mathew Macklin with a devastating left hook to the body.
Triple G knocks out Mathew Macklin with a devastating left hook to the body. | Source

Triple G's Top Five Knockouts

1. Gennady Golovkin K.O. 3 Nobuhiro Ishida: Golovkin stalked the running Ishida for two rounds but in the third Golovkin uncorked a monstrous right hand that laid Ishida out and hanging off the ring where an official caught him and held his head.

2. Gennady Golovkin K.O. 3 Matthew Macklin: Golovkin hurt Mack at the end iof the first round and in the second both men landed a few solid shots but Triple G was closing in fast. In the third with Macklin's back against the ropes, Triple G unleashed a big left hook the the body of Matthew Macklin and he went down writhing in pain. Macklin was counted out.

3. Gennady Golovkin T.K.O. 3 Daniel Geale: Slow first round but Triple g won it easily with stiff jabs and for forcing the action. Both boxers landed a few solid shots but it was Geale that tasted the canvas. In the third Golovkin wa tagged with a big right hand and he then retaliated with his own right which put Geale down hard. Geale beat the count but wasn't fit to fight on.

4. Gennady Golovkin T.K.O. 8 Curtis Stevens: Stevens was truly beaten down. He tried but Golovkin showed subtle defenses moves and counters. His jab was a thing of beauty and along with the right hand started to hurt Stevens. After 8 rounds filled with Stevens constantly tasting the canvas and being hurt throughout the bout the carnage was stopped.

5. Gennady Golovkin T.K.O. 7 Gabriel Rosado: Tripe G systematically beat Rosado by tearing his face up into hamburger meat and forcing a bloody stoppage after seven one sided rounds.

Triple G's Top 8 Victories

Daniel Geale
Marco Antonio Rubio
Curtis Stevens
Mathew Macklin
Gabriel Rosado
Kassim Ouma
Nobuhiro Ishida
Gregorz Proksa
 
 
 
 
Eight opponents who felt the wrath of Triple G

Reflexes Timing and Defense

Reflexes: Gennady Golovkin has above average reflexes and he always inticipates his opponents shots. His reflexes rank as a B+. Although he gets caught occasionally especially with the jab he is excellent and slipping loaded up hooks and right hands.

Timing: Triple G is a master when it comes to timing. On offense he times his shots and he is a place puncher as they used to say. On defense he uses timing to anticipate his opponents shots. I would give him an A- in this area. His timing combined with his reflexes helps add layers to his defense.

Defense: Golovkin has a descent defense but he has been tagged solidly by several boxers. His defense overall ranks as a B-. He bobs and weaves decently and his footwork is excellent which helps him maintain a good defense. His best defense in all honesty is his potent offense which causes boxers to go into a shell.

* The old saying goes. "The best defense is a good offense". Triple G is to offense what Floyd Mayweather is to defense.

Birthplace of Triple G (Kazakh)

Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio

Golovkin lands a huge right uppercut moments before knocking out Rubio with a perfect left hook in California.
Golovkin lands a huge right uppercut moments before knocking out Rubio with a perfect left hook in California. | Source

Gennady Golovkin K.O. Daniel Geale

Triple G tears into Daniel Geale on the way to defending his 160 pound title via knockout.
Triple G tears into Daniel Geale on the way to defending his 160 pound title via knockout. | Source

Overall Skills

Gennady has one punch power in both hands, major experience as an amateur and as a pro. His jab is hard like some boxers hooks. He can cut off the ring on a boxer or box with him. He can fight on the inside or the outside and his shot selection is varied. He pounds to the body early and often.

Triple G Destroys Gabriel Rosado

Triple G- Fact or Fiction

He is a Fact. Not fiction at all. His amateur pedigree and his professional experience as well are top notch. He cuts the ring off on opponents like a lightweight Roberto Duran once did and the way he works the body and head is somewhat like the way Julio Cesar Chavez once did. He is loaded with two handed power and his boxing skills especially with footwork and the jab are excellent.

Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin

Andre Ward, who is a super middleweight may be the only competition out their for Triple G.
Andre Ward, who is a super middleweight may be the only competition out their for Triple G. | Source

Triple G Boxing Highlights

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