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GGG Gennady Golovkin - best active boxer

September 15, 2018


Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (often known as "GGG" or "Triple G") is a Kazakhstani professional boxer. He was born on 8 April 1982, in the city of Karaganda in the Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (present-day Kazakhstan).


He has three brothers, two elder named Sergey and Vadim and a twin, Max. Sergey and Vadim had encouraged Golovkin to start boxing when Golovkin was eight years old. As a youth, Golovkin would walk the streets with them, who went around picking fights for him with grown men. When asked, "Are you afraid of him?", Golovkin would respond "No", and be told to fight. "My brothers, they were doing that from when I was in kindergarten," Golovkin said. "Every day, different guys." When Golovkin was nine years old, Golovkin's two older brothers joined the Soviet Army. In 1990, the government had informed Golovkin's family that Vadim was dead. In 1994, the government told Golovkin's family that Sergey was dead.


Golovkin's first boxing gym was in Maikuduk, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, where his first boxing coach was Victor Dmitriev, whom he regards as "very good".


Golovkin currently holds the unified WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweighttitles; previously he held the IBF middleweight title from 2015 to 2018. As of January 2018, he is ranked as the world's best active middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and second by The Ring magazine and BoxRec. He is also currently ranked as the world's best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring; second by ESPN; third by the Boxing Writers Association of America; and fourth by BoxRec and the TBRB.


Golovkin currently holds the longest active unified championship reign, with five consecutive defenses. He won his first major world championship, the WBA interim middleweight title, by defeating Milton Núñezin 2010. The WBA elevated him to Regular champion status in the same year, and in 2011 he won 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 win WBC interim middleweight title, and defeated David Lemieux for the IBF middleweight title in 2015. After Canelo Álvarez vacated his WBC middleweight title in 2016, Golovkin was elevated to full champion and held three of the four major world titles in boxing until being stripped by the IBF in 2018. He's been stripped by the IBF because of the long negotiations with "Canelo Alvarez" about the re-match and doping of the "Canelo".


A calculating pressure fighter, Golovkin is known for his exceptionally powerful and precise punching, balance, and methodical movement inside the ring. With a streak of 23 knockouts that spanned from 2008 to 2017, he holds the highest knockout-to-win percentage – 87.2% – in middleweight championship history. In 2016 he achieved his 17th title defense by knockout, which equaled the record set by Wilfredo Gómez in 1982. Golovkin is also said to have one of the most durable chins in modern boxing, having never been knocked down or knocked out in a total of 389 fights, 39 as a professional and 350 as an amateur.


Tomorrow, on the 16th of September, there will be a re-match between Gennady GGG Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. First fight ended in a very controversial draw just one year before. Famous boxer and absolute champion of the world Konstantin Borisovich "Kostya" Tszyu,  told it was GGG who won a fight. Daniel Jacobs told it was insane draw, no doubt Golovkin won the fight. Anyway, we gotta go and see “GGG-Canelo 2”.


PS. Kazakhstani school of boxing is very solid and powerful.

Kazakh boxers are generally well known in the world. In the last three Olympic Games, their performance was assessed as one of the best and they had more medals than any country in the world, except Cuba and Russia (in all three games). In 1996 and 2004, three Kazakhstani boxers (Vassiliy Jirov in 1996, Bakhtiyar Artayev in 2004 and Serik Sapiyev in 2012)) were recognized as the best boxers for their techniques with the Val Barker Trophy, awarded to the best boxer of the tournament.


Kazakhstani boxers performed well in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Two boxers, Bekzat Sattarkhanov and Yermakhan Ibraimov, earned gold medals. Another two boxers, Bulat Zhumadilov and Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov, earned silver medals.


It should also be mentioned that:

1.    Oleg Maskaev, born in Zhambyl, representing Russia, was the WBC Heavyweight Champion after knocking out Hasim Rahman on 12 August 2006.

2.    Vasily Levit won a silver medal and Daniyar Yeleussinov  become champion in the 2016 Olympics.

3.    Kanat Islam is champion in WBA Inter-Continental, WBO NABO, WBO Inter-Continental, WBA Fedelatin и WBA Fedecaribe.

4.    And other strong boxers like Zhankosh Turarov, Aidar Sharibayev and so on.

5. Astana Arlans - Kazakhstani Boxing team which appears in World Series of Boxing. No other team can boast the kind of consistency that the Astana Arlans have shown since the very first days of WSB competition. The Kazakhstan franchise has never failed to reach at least the semi-final stage of the competition, going on to appear in three finals and winning twice.

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