Born this day: Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin (Photo: PuzzlePix Photo Agency)

Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin born 8 April 1982, in the city of Karaganda in the Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (present-day Kazakhstan) to a Russian coal miner father and Korean mother, who worked as an assistant in a chemical laboratory. Often known by his nickname “GGG” or “Triple G”, is a Kazakhstani professional boxer, and two time world middleweight champion. He has held the IBF and IBO middleweight titles since October 2019. He previously held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO titles between 2011 and 2018 and was ranked as the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world from September 2017 to September 2018 by The Ring magazine. As of December 2019, he is ranked as the world’s best active middleweight by BoxRec and second by The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). He is also ranked as the world’s third best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; sixth by the TBRB; and seventh by The Ring.

Golovkin won the WBA interim middleweight title by defeating Milton Núñez in 2010. The WBA elevated him to Regular champion status in the same year. He won the IBO title the following year.In 2014, Golovkin was elevated to the 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 for not fighting Serhiy Derevianchenko. Golovkin lost all his belts in 2018 following a loss to Alvarez but regained his IBF and IBO titles by defeating Derevianchenko in 2019.

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 ratio – 89.7% – in middleweight championship history, as well as the longest active unified championship reign, with five consecutive defenses, meanwhile ending twelve 6+ winning streaks of his opponents and stopping 4 previously undefeated boxers. 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 boxing history, having never been knocked down or knocked out in a total of 392 fights, 42 as a professional and 350 as an amateur.

In his amateur career, Golovkin won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2003 World Championships. He went on to represent Kazakhstan at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning a middleweight silver medal.

Source: Wikipedia