Can anyone beat Gennady Golovkin?
By AK: After his impressive knockout victory over ex IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 Kos) tonight in stopping him in the 8th round at Madison Square Garden, people are starting to question whether anyone can beat the current IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO’s).
Golovkin scored another knockout victory over David Lemieux which made it his 21st straight knockout.
As of now Golovkin holds the highest knockout percentage (91%) in the whole of middleweight championship history. A lot of people are impressed by Golovkin’s knockout ratio even me but what impresses me the most is the chin he has. One of the hardest chins in boxing at the moment, and an interesting fact to know is that he has never been knocked down, or knocked out in over 380 fights, either as a professional, amateur or in sparring.
The biggest criticism Golovkin gets is that he needs to fight top fighters but I believe he is already fighting top fighters, the problem is he makes it look to easy, which therefore fans start to discredit the losing opponent rather than praise the fighter that made it so easy. As an amateur Golovkin has a record of 345 wins and 5 losses. Even though amateur boxing is completely different to professional boxing Golovkin has a lot of impressive wins during his time as an amateur boxer. Some of these wins are against Lucian Bute, Daniel Geale, Matvey Korobov, Andre Dirrell, and Andy Lee. All of these boxers mentioned above are all really good fighters and some are ex or current champions.
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If you look at Golovkin professional it is also impressive. I first started to follow Golovkin with his fight against Gabriel Rosado. Golovkin beat Gabriel Rosado with a TKO in round 7. Gabriel Rosado is not world class fighter but has fought some great fights, and gave the highly rated boxer Peter Quillin a very tough fight until Peter Quillin won with a TKO in round 10. After that fight Golovkin then faced Nobuhiro Ishida which ended with a 3rd round KO victory for Golovkin.
Nobuhiro Ishida is not known to casual fans and has lost 11 fights, but he has only been KO’d by Golovkin, and even Paul Williams could not knock him out, with the fight ending a decision for Paul Williams. Golovkin then scored another 3rd KO victory in his next fight with Matthew Mackin. Matthew Macklin is best known for his terrific fight against the legend Sergio Martinez. The fight ended with a TKO (corner stoppage) for Sergio Martinez in the 10th round.
After that Golovkin then faced Curtis Stevens which he won in round 8 with a TKO victory. Curtis Stevens is known for his punching power. Curtis Stevens’s biggest fight is against the highly talented Andre Dirrell which ended with a decision to Andre Dirrell.
When Golovkin faced Daniel Geale, Geale had never been knocked down before and Golovkin manged to win with a 3rd round TKO. Daniel Geale next biggest fight was against Miguel Cotto which he lost in the 4th round with a TKO. Golovkin then KO’d Marco Antonio Rubio in the 2nd round. Marco Antonio Rubio biggest fight was against Julio César Chávez which Rubio lost by decision. Golovkin then faced Martin Murray who at the time was considered the best middleweight in Europe.
Golovkin won in the 11th round with a TKO. Martin Murrays only lost was against Sergio Martinez in which he lost with a controversial decision. Even though people will try and discredit Golovkin with his recant win with one of the hardest hitters in the middleweight division and ex