Daniel Geale and his promoter Gary Shaw (right)/Photo by Associated Press
You really have to like a guy who has the attitude of Daniel Geale as he prepares to challenge the very dangerous Gennady Golovkin for his middleweight championship Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City (on HBO).
Geale was asked during a recent conference call to explain what it is about Golovkin that makes him want to fight him so badly. His response was classic.
“To be honest, Gennady has got titles and I want titles,” said Geale, a former world champion. “That’s my main goal here. I want to fight the best fighters and I want to win some titles and there is only one way to do that, whether he has a great record or not. You have to get in there and test yourself against the best fighters in the world.”
Exactly what you want to hear from a world-class fighter heading into the lion’s den that is the heavy-handed Golovkin, who is 29-0 with 26 knockouts.
Geale is 30-2 with 16 knockouts. He lost his title to Darren Barker via split-decision in August 2013. He has fought once since and stopped Garth Wood after six rounds in February in his native Australia.
Gennady Golovkin/photo by Associated Press
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is currently in Big Bear training for his July 26 title defense against Daniel Geale at Madison Square Garden in New York City (on HBO).
With a record of 29-0 and 26 knockouts, Golovkin has become one of the most feared champions, and one of the most talk about. But his meteoric rise doesn’t mean he’s going to start changing things. Certainly, not his diet. His trainer, Abel Sanchez of West Covina, said as much this week from Big Bear.
“Not really a particular diet, no sugars, fats or sodas,” said Sanchez, who was talking about Golovkin’s overall training regimen, which partially consists of running five miles three times a week and sprints twice a week. “Just a balanced diet. Gennady eats pretty much what he wants, but he’s very smart about what he eats in camp.
“The great (late) Emanuel Steward said it best. Keep it as simple as possible for the fighter. It should not be a dramatic change as they get to another level.”
A proposed bout between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Andy Lee at Madison Square Garden in New York City was recently called off because of the unexpected death of Golovkin’s father.
That bout was to be televised by HBO, which said Wednesday it will no longer televise any card on that date.
“… With Gennady unavailable to us, HBO is moving off the date. We will move on to our other boxing programming initiatives for the spring and early summer,” an HBO spokesman wrote in a statement.
Trainer Abel Sanchez told us just last week that middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin would likely be announcing his next title defense – April 26 against Andy Lee – this week. But over the weekend Golovkin decided to stay in his native Kazakhstan to observe a 40-day mourning period for the sudden loss of his father, Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin.
The elder Golovkin was just 68 when he died of a heart attack on Feb. 18.
“Everything in regard to Gennady’s boxing career is currently on hold,” said Tom Loeffler, an executive with K2-Promotions, which promotes Golovkin. “His priority is to spend time with his family and at the appropriate time he will advise us when he is ready to continue his boxing career.”
Golovkin is trained by West Covina’s Sanchez out of his gym in Big Bear.
Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan on Saturday decked Osumanu Adama three times and stopped Adama at 1:20 of the seventh round to retain his middleweight title in the main event from Monte Carlo, Monaco. There was no American television feed.
Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) – with a knockout ratio of 89.6 percent – sent Adama to the canvas in the first, sixth and seventh rounds to earn his 16th consecutive victory by knockout. Golovkin is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez out of his gym in Big Bear.
Adama, of Ghana, is 22-4.
Juan Funez of Reseda is what we call a prospect. The super featherweight is 3-0 with one knockout, he is talented and he is a southpaw. He’s trained by his uncle, Ricky Funez, with an assist from world-class trainer Joe Goossen out of Goossen’s gym in Van Nuys.
Funez and his team have gone up to Big Bear to finish training for Funez’s fight Jan. 24 against Marcello Gallardo (3-0) at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash. on the undercard of the light heavyweight main event between Thomas Williams and Cornelius White (on ESPN2).
It seems Team Funez wanted to get its young fighter some time with some world-class fighters. Since the training in Big Bear is being done at Abel Sanchez’s gym, that means Funez is spending time with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and heavyweight contender Mike Perez, both of whom are trained by West Covina’s Sanchez.
“It has given me a whole different perspective of what training is really like when you’re a world champion,” Juan Funez said. “My uncle and Joe talk to me all of the time of what it takes to be a world champion and how you have to live boxing every minute of every day. But to see it with Gennady and Mike up here in the mountains just pumped me up that much more.”
Among other things, Funez has been running the mountains with Golovkin and Perez.
“I believe Juan has the tools to become an exciting world-class fighter and Joe and I are prepared to do everything to make sure he reaches his goals,” Ricky Funez said.
Indications are that at least some of the boxing public would like to see Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin square off in a middleweight title unification bout. The biggest roadblock to making that fight is that Golovkin fights on HBO, Quillin on rival Showtime.
That said, it was interesting to hear HBO Sports president Ken Hershman talk about that fight the other day via telephone from his office in New York City. Apparently, he’s not all that high on that fight.
“As far as Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin go, I wouldn’t put it in the top three fights that I want to see Gennady Golovkin get in,” Hershman said. “So I’m not that motivated to talk about it. Yet, I’m open to any ideas that people have.”
Hershman has some of his own.
“I’d like to see him fight Sergio Martinez,” Hershman said. “I’d love to see him fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., I’d love to see him fight Andre Ward, I’d love to see him fight (Adonis) Stevenson, I’d love to see him fight the winner of (Jean) Pascal-(Lucian) Bute. All of those fights I’d like to see before Peter Quillin. Just from a style standpoint as a fan, not even as a network executive.”
Golovkin has said he is willing to fight as high as super middleweight, meaning Stevenson, Pascal and Bute would have to move down from light heavyweight.
Gennady Golovkin, the hard-hitting middleweight champion from Kazakhstan, will make his next title defense against Osumanu Adama of Ghana on Feb. 1 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. At this time, there is no television deal in place for the fight.
Golovkin is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez at his gym in Big Bear. Sanchez on Tuesday via telephone talked about Adama.
“He fought Daniel Geale in the significant fight that I saw,” said Sanchez, alluding to Adama’s challenge to then-middleweight champion Geale in March 2012 in
Australia that Geale won by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 115-113. “He gave Geale some problems and he went 12 rounds. But he’s a guy that is one of those spoiler types that no one really wants to fight, either.
“He does well against the good guys and loses against the bad guys. He gets up for the fights, I guess.”
Golovkin, 31, is 28-0 with 25 knockouts. Adama, 32, is 22-3 with 16 knockouts.He has won five of his past six, including the loss to Geale.
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan has now knocked out 15 consecutive opponents after stopping Curtis Stevens of Brooklyn after eight rounds in a title defense Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin has not had to go the distance in a fight since June 2008.
Golovkin decked Stevens in the second round with back-to-back left hooks to the head. Golovkin had done serious damage to the body and head over the rest of the fight, Stevens’ corner finally telling the referee it wanted the fight stopped after Stevens had absorbed tremendous punishment in the eighth.
Golovkin, who is trained by West Covina’s Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, is now 28-0 with 25 knockouts and continues to hold the record for best knockout ratio (89.2 percent) of any middleweight champion in history.
Afterward, Golovkin called out fellow world champions Sergio Martinez and Peter Quillin when being interviewed by HBO analyst Max Kellerman.
Stevens (25-4) showed plenty of courage during the bout, and certainly