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
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on Thursday was on hand at the Raddison Hotel near LAX. He was there for a news conference promoting his upcoming title defense against Curtis Stevens on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden (on HBO).
Golovkin was born and raised in Kazakhstan and represented his country in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where he won a silver medal. During an interview session with reporters, he talked about all the sports he played as a kid. One reporter asked him if he ever played hockey.
Golovkin held up his dukes and smiled.
“No, too much fighting,” he said.
It was just a one-liner, but his delivery coupled with the irony – though fake – was enough to have every reporter as well as PR types laughing their heads off.
Golovkin, 31, is 27-0 with 24 knockouts. Stevens, 28, is from Brownsville, N.Y. He is 25-3 with 18 knockouts.
Gennady Golovkin not only retained his middleweight title, he might have moved a step closer to a fight with the fellow champion Sergio Martinez, thanks to a spectacular third-round knockout of Matthew Macklin on Saturday in Mashantucket, Conn.
Golovkin decked Macklin (29-5) with a left hook to the body midway through the third. Macklin seemed to let out a scream as he went down, grimacing in pain. He did not come close to getting up and beating the count, and was counted out at 1:22.
With a record of 27-0 with 24 knockouts, Golovkin now has a knockout ratio of 88.8 percent. He is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez out of his sprawling gym in Big Bear.
Macklin, of England, said during a post-fight interview on HBO that Golovkin is definitely the best fighter he’s ever faced, and Macklin in March 2012 went 11 rounds with Martinez – even decking Martinez – before Martinez stopped him after the 11th.
Golovkin, 31, is from Kazakhstan. He cut Macklin in the second round over the left eye.