Sunday, 03 November 2013 17:22

Gennady Golovkin: GGG is a debilitating puncher

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Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO's) defeated another opponent Saturday night and it ended the same way his previous 14 bouts did.
By stoppage.

His knockouts-to-fights ratio increases slightly to 89.3 percent, the highest of any current champion.

Golovkin's victory only adds to his mystigue: He may be one of the most devastating middleweights ever, if not the most destructive.

Now, there will be those who argue he has yet to be tested by an elite fighter but it is the elite fighters who avoid Golovkin like the plague.

Last night, the Kazakhstan native stood in the ring with a former light heavyweight and manhandled him physically, imposing his will, skill and power.

Golovkin broke him down round by round, punishing Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18 KO's) with his debilitating power.

In the 2nd round, the undefeated WBA/IBO Champion landed two successive left hooks that sent Stevens to the canvas. While on the floor, Stevens' expression told the story.


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He wore the face of a man who was stunned by the shots that floored him.

Golovkin dominated Stevens through 8 rounds, allowing the Brooklyn resident to land only a few power shots, sporadically, which had no major ill-effect on the champion.

Entering the bout, Stevens was on a hot streak and had knocked out three of his last four opponents in the 1st round. But while in the ring with Golovkin, he appeared to be on the defensive for much of the fight, almost like a turtle trying to get into his shell to avoid the potent attack.

And it showed in his output.

Stevens came into the fight with a compubox average of 65 punches thrown per round. But against Golovkin, his punch output dropped to a lowly 37 punches per round. This demonstrates Golovkin's dominance as Stevens was in survival mode for much of the fight.


Much like Stevens in the ring last night, elite fighters are sidestepping the undefeated WBA Middleweight Champion.

Golovkin has had the privilege to spar with some top level opposition, including Canelo Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Peter Quillin, and those who witnessed those sessions will insist Golovkin got the better of all three.

Obviously sparring is not fighting but a lot can be learned from sparring sessions. Perhaps it should be of no surprise elite fighters are in no rush to face him in a real boxing match.

Golovkin is scheduled to fight February 1st of next year in Monte Carlo against an opponent yet to be named. It will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate,as few appear willing to face a debilitating puncher like Gennady Golovkin.

 

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