WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is expecting a tough fight from former IBF title holder Daniel Geale on Saturday night and cites the Australian’s style as one of the problems he faces.
The Kazakhstan fighter is an overwhelming favourite to retain his belts in New York, but won’t be taking anything for granted as the 32 year-old prepares for an eleventh straight world title fight this weekend.
“It is very important fight for me as I respect Daniel Geale very much,” said Golovkin.
“I have been watching his fights and I know it is not going to be an easy fight. This is going to be a great show, (along with) the heavyweights – (Jennings v Perez) that is a great fight and I am looking forward to coming back to Madison Square Garden on July 26.
“Daniel is a great fighter. I have watched his tapes, and the last fight in particular, makes me realize this is not going to be an easy fight and that’s because he has a specific style.
He has proved that in his fights and it will be difficult to solve.”
Golovkin has earned a fearsome reputation for his devastating punching power, and when asked how his generates such destructive energy in his blows, the 160lb king stated that it’s all in his technique.
“It comes from hard work every day on my speed and my timing coming all-together for the power. The timing is very important. I am not a body builder – it is natural power, it’s original,” he pointed.
Plenty of big name opponents have been linked to fights with ‘GGG,’ although most have ultimately failed to come off and Golovkin was coy when asked if it is frustrating not being able to secure most of those top foes.
“I don’t think much about this, but I heard my team was planning this upcoming fight and I knew it was difficult for them to get fighters, but that is basically all I heard and I don’t think much about it.
“I’m just happy to be back at Madison Square Garden and to be in the big arena this time. I am excited about the fight as well as fighting Daniel and the whole thing is just amazing,” he stated.
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