Gennady Golovkin wins WBN Readers’ Fighter of the Year
Hard-hitting middleweight Gennady Golovkin has capped his breakout year in boxing by being crowned WBN Readers’ Fighter of the Year for 2013 in a month-long poll.
The undefeated Kazakhstan fighter won his four contests last year by knockout and proved his quality to now be considered one of the best 160lbers in the world alongside champions Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm.
With a whopping 74% of over three thousand votes, Golovkin follows Briton Carl Froch in claiming the title, which is the only World Boxing News award that is solely voted for by the fans.
The always busy Golovkin, 31, fights again on February 1 against Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo as ‘GGG’ moves towards some of the bigger names in the division before possibly moving up in weight to 168lbs.
Claiming second place in the poll was Haitian-Canadian Adonis Stevenson with 12%, whilst my choice of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could only claim just over 100 votes in total after dismantling Saul Alvarez in September.
Sergey Kovalev and Danny Garcia were next in line, although none came close to halting Golovkin’s charge to the award as the IBO and WBA title holder looks to keep up his momentum in 2014.
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