Golovkin skips birth to train

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GEN­NADY Golovkin is one of the most ded­i­cated box­ers in the world and even the birth of his daugh­ter couldn’t pry him out of the gym.

The three-belt cham­pion missed the birth on Fri­day be­cause he was train­ing for his up­com­ing world mid­dleweight ti­tle fight.

Golovkin stayed in the gym for two hours af­ter his wife, Alina, gave birth to the cou­ple’s sec­ond child. They also have a son.

“He didn’t leave the gym un­til 6pm. The baby was born at 4pm,” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez said.

“His wife was in the hos­pi­tal for one day. She came home next day so he was home with them.”

Golovkin, who holds the World Box­ing Coun­cil, World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion mid­dleweight belts, will face Canelo Al­varez in a 12­round mega ti­tle fight on Sun­day in Las Ve­gas.

Sanchez said he was con­cerned dur­ing the long train­ing camp about how Golovkin was do­ing with the baby on the way and the most im­por­tant fight of his ca­reer around the cor­ner.

“I started to voice my con­cern. ‘The baby’s not here’. He said ‘coach, the baby is go­ing to come whether I am there or not. I have al­ready done my part’.”

Sanchez said Golovkin had been in high spir­its as the fight prepa­ra­tion shifted this week from their train­ing camp to Las Ve­gas.

“He is in a great mood. I don’t know if it is be­cause of the baby be­ing here or if be­cause he has fi­nally got the fight he wanted,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez says Golovkin is a good fa­ther and just as ded­i­cated to his fam­ily as he is to his work.

“Golovkin is a fam­ily man. He has al­ways been very, very, fo­cused,” Sanchez said.

“He has never been the type of guy to go out at night. You are never go­ing to lose him for a day.

“He just bought his first car six months ago. He didn’t have a car be­fore be­cause he said he spends all his time in the gym.”

Golovkin de­clined to speak about the birth at a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day at the MGM Grand Ho­tel and Casino.

“Please don’t ask me about my fam­ily. I am just fo­cused on box­ing,” Golovkin said. – AFP

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