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Wladimir Klitschko explains Gennady Golovkin’s admission of ‘being scared’

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During the first Golovkin vs Lemieux press conference at NYC’s famed Madison Square Garden, current WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin made a perplexing comment while taking his turn at the podium, which left media members in attendance a bit puzzled.

“Right now, I understand my situation,” stated the undefeated knock-out artist from Kazakhstan earlier this week. 

“This is great fight and great present for everybody. Not just me…I like his style. He’s very dangerous and I’m a little bit scared in my situation. But I promise amazing show for everybody.”


Although most seemed to ascertain Gennady Golovkin's candid words as a translation issue, and didn’t interpret the excerpt literally, some reporters asked the feared Middleweight puncher to clarify his statement during Thursday’s presser in Los Angeles, California.

To the surprise of many, Gennady did indeed admit to possessing a slight amount of “trepidation” when discussing the idea of stepping in the ring with the current IBF 160 pound title holder.

“I’m scared just a little bit…because I’m a regular guy, not crazed guy...maybe 1%, not 100%,” the 33 year old fighter told Behind the Gloves. “Because I understand my situation…this is dangerous sport, and I understand this is not game. I am scared…why not?”

“This is toughest opponent to date…not just power. He’s not scared…he’s hungry guy. This is IBF champion and good fighter.”

To shed some insight into Golovkin’s thought process, universally recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko shared his thoughts on dealing with “fear” and “anxiety” in the ring.

According to the dominant Ukrainian born fighter, a slight of amount of nervous energy can be very healthy when competing in a prizefight.

“Having nerves before and during a prizefight is natural and can be very healthy for a fighter,” professed the dominant Heavyweight champion while visiting popular talk show host Conan O‘Brien almost a decade ago.

“I compare nervous energy to snake venom. A lot of it will most certainly hurt you or even kill you."

"But a little bit can make you stronger…just like a little bit of anxiety can make you more aware and focused while competing in the ring.”

To offer an alternative explanation, former Junior Welterweight title challenger and veteran fight trainer Ronnie Shields expounded on his theory.

“Golovkin's not scared...just anxious, because this will be the biggest fight of his professional career. When you’re walking from your dressing room to the ring and it's a big fight, you’re anticipating the unknown,” clarifies the Houston, Texas based fight coach. “But let’s just be clear about this…it’s not fear. It’s nervous energy. If a fighter was truly afraid of his opponent, he wouldn’t be stepping in the ring with him.”

“It’s natural to be nervous before a prizefight. But that quickly goes away when the first punch is thrown and landed by either fighter.”

Fight fans can see both Gennady Golovkin and Wladimir Klitschko on two separate platforms of Home Box Office on consecutive weekends. On October 17, WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin will attempt to unify the division by taking on IBF 160 pound titlist David Lemieux at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, slated to be presented on HBO PPV for $49.95 in SD.

The following weekend on subscriber HBO, universally recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will take on undefeated, mandatory challenger Tyson Fury at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Saturday October 24.

(Golovkin vs Lemieux | News)

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