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Golovkin needs to impress against Geale this Saturday

Erislandy Lara Gennady GolovkinBy Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) is in a situation where he not only needs to beat former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) in their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, but Golovkin needs to win an impressive manner by knocking the 33-year-old Geale out.

Golovkin needs to look good because he doesn’t have the built in fan base that more popular fighters like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr all have. Those are the guys that Golovkin would like to fight in the near future, but if he fails to keep winning in an overpowering way each time he fights, he’ll give them an excuse to avoid fighting him.

Golovkin is far behind them in terms of his fan base, and that’s why it’s extremely important that he go out on Saturday and try to make short work of Geale to not let him be in the fight.

“He definitely needs to fight Daniel in a manager that he’s fought some of his past opponents,” said Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez via

Golovkin has a 16-fight knockout streak going that stretches back all the way to 2009. If Golokvin can continue this streak, he’s going to increase his chances of getting a fight against Canelo, Chavez Jr and Cotto.

The thing that these fighters don’t want is to be seen avoiding Golovkin because it’ll look bad given that he’s around the same size as them in weight. Cotto is shorter than the 5’10” Golovkin at 5’7,” but he’s used to fighting opponents the same height at him so it’s not really a good excuse to say that Golovkin is too tall for Cotto to fight him.

Golovkin has moved down Osumanu Adama, Curtis Stevens, Matthew Macklin and Nobuhiro Ishida in his last four fights. These are the guys that his promoter Tom Loeffler was able to get to agree to fight him. Golovkin wanted to fight Chavez Jr, Cotto, Canelo, Sergio Martinez, Peter Quillin and Floyd Mayweather Jr, but the only guys that he could get to fight him was Adama, Stevens, Macklin and Ishida.

Geale, 33, isn’t coming into Saturday’s fight in a particularly strong position with his career. He was beaten by Darren Barker last year by a 12 round split decision last August. Geale came back from that defeat to beat little known Australian fighter Garth Wood by a 6th round stoppage last February. But Geale’s last solid victory was over an aging 39-year-old Anthony Mundine last year in January in winning a close 12 round decision.

It’s going to be very difficult for Geale to compete with Golovkin in this fight because he doesn’t have the kind of power that is needed to be competitive. Geale is a pure boxer with very little power to speak of, who mainly gets by with his movement and high work rate. For Geale to have to success against Golovkin, he’s going to need to land enough punches to win rounds but without getting hit.

Geale’s normally high punch output is going to likely disappear to just a trickle on Saturday, because he’ll get his head taken off if he tries to throw 80-100 punches per round like he normally does. That’s going to put Geale in a situation where he’s going to be throwing 30-40 punches per round.

If Golovkin is landing the same amount of shots, Geale is not going to win a round in the fight. It’s going to be tough on him to win any rounds unless Golovkin suffers an injury or gets tired later in the fight.

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