GEN­NADY GOLOVKIN

Maxim - - BEASTS FROM THE EAST -

DI­VI­SION: Mid­dleweight RECORD: 31 wins, 28 knock­outs, 0 losses

BIRTH­PLACE: Kara­ganda, Kaza­khstan

NEXT FIGHT: Feb. 21 vs. Martin Mur­ray

with the high­est knock­out per­cent­age in boxing, un­de­feated mid­dleweight cham­pion Gen­nady Golovkin is the most ex­plo­sively vi­o­lent beast of the bunch. The 165-pounder is bru­tally adept at dis­cov­er­ing weak­nesses quickly and ex­ploit­ing them with his su­pe­rior tech­nique, dev­as­tat­ing power, and pre­ci­sion punch­ing. Born in Kara­ganda, a grim Kazakh coal-min­ing town, Golovkin was en­cour­aged by his older broth­ers to pur­sue a more lu­cra­tive ca­reer in boxing. To in­spire a sense of fear­less­ness in him, they would take him into the streets late at night and pick out a thug. “You afraid of him?” they’d ask. “No,” Golovkin would re­ply. “Prove it,” they’d say. Golovkin, 32, at­tacks his op­po­nents with the same bold and un­for­giv­ing fury. The 2004 Olympic sil­ver medal­ist’s curse may be that he’s such a sav­age puncher, he’s so far been un­able to land a big fight with a mar­quee op­po­nent. “That’s the prob­lem,” says Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez. “We don’t re­ally know how good he can be.”

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