Golovkin’s promoter fires back at Danny Garcia’s father Angel
By Dan Ambrose: A month after former IBF/WBA 140lb champion Danny Garcia’s father/trainer Angel Garcia gave a weird interview in which he tore into IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), wondering why the American fans are supporting him because he hadn’t fought anyone good, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions answered back with his thoughts on some of the things that Angel had been saying.
Loeffler said that Golovkin has always been matched against the best available fighters that were willing to get in the ring with him. He was always willing to fight the best, but getting the best to agree to fight him was impossible until IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux finally agreed to fight him on October 17th on HBO PPV.
Loeffler tried to get Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to face Golovkin, but he turned down the fight despite being offered millions from his former promoters at Top Rank. Golovkin hasn’t been able to get Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to agree to fight him, and there’s still major questions whether either of them will elect to fight Golovkin after they face each other on November 21st. Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya says he doesn’t know whether he’ll make that fight with Golovkin yet, and Cotto isn’t saying anything at all about he plans on doing.
“He said ‘Gennady’s from Kazakhstan, so why do they support him? They should be defending American fighters,’” Loeffler said via thaboxingvoice. “It’s not about international or American fighters. Gennady is an exciting fighter. If fighters are exciting, it doesn’t matter where they’re from. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was one of the most exciting fighters we had and the [American] fans supported him because they wanted to come see him fight. I think some of the things he [Angel Garcia] says are goofy. We don’t take it personally, but I think a lot of fans take offence to it.”
Loeffler is right about American fans supporting fighters are people from outside the U.S if they see them as being talented. It’s that way with music too. American fans frequently like music groups from outside of the U.S., and they don’t care at all that the music isn’t coming from America. The American boxing fans have adopted Golovkin with his “Mexican style” of fighting, as he calls it, and he’s entertained them in each and every fight.
There hasn’t been one dull fight that Golovkin has had since he started having his fights televised on HBO in the last couple of years. Golovkin has knocked out everyone he’s faced since 2008, and he’s done that while holding down a world title belt.
That’s pretty impressive. It’s easy for fighters to score knockouts while on their way up the food chain before they hold a world title, but once they’ve got a world title, it becomes a lot more difficult to score knockouts. Golovkin has showed that he’s capable of knocking out the top contenders in the middleweight division just like he had when he was on his way up.
In two months from now, Golovkin will be looking to show that he can KO a world champion in Lemieux at Madison Square Garden in New York. If Golovkin can get the Cotto-Canelo winner to face him next year, then he’ll get another chance to show that he can KO another one of the world champions, but hopefully not at a catch-weight.
“I don’t know where they get Triple G. Nobody knows him, only people at HBO,” Angel Garcia said via thaboxingvoice.com. “No American people know him. They try to make him seem like he’s a killer. He’s good but he ain’t fought nobody. Danny [Garcia] fought all the killers, and they put cherries on his page. He [Golovkin] really got cherries. They’re trying to build a star when there’s no star there. He’s still not fighting the killers. Cotto should tell him to fight some guys Cotto fought first. Come fight those guys and come fight me when you’re ready.”
“Angel should focus on DSG [Danny Garcia] Boxing, not GGG’s English after Danny lost to [Mauricio] Herrera and [Lamont] Peterson #GiftGarcia Rematch [Rod] Salka?”
Danny Garcia’s career was going along really well for awhile after he knocked Amir Khan out in 2012, but he’s lost a lot of momentum in the last year with his mismatches against Rod Salka and Paulie Malignaggi, as well as his gift decisions against Mauricio Herrera and Lamont Peterson. Garcia can get his career back on the right track if he starts facing good opposition and winning without controversy, but at this point I get the feeling that he’s going to continue to be matched up against a lot of soft opponents. Garcia’s next opponent is rumored to be Robert Guerrero. That’s not a good match-up because many boxing fans see Guerrero as over-the-hill now.