Reigning heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko was obviously impressed with middleweight counterpart Gennady Golokvin’s performance last Saturday night as the Ukrainian has tweeted his congratulations to the Kazakh puncher.
‘Dr. Steelhammer,’ who is undefeated in over a decade, breathed a cheeky sigh of relief that 32-0 Golovkin is campaigning at over 80lbs lighter than him after watching ‘GGG’ record a 29th career stoppage in Monte Carlo to keep his 90% KO ratio intact.
“Did you guys see the Golovkin fight this past weekend? WOW! I’m glad he’s not in my division!” proclaimed Klitschko.
Golovkin, 32, battered a seasoned world contender in Martin Murray over eleven brutal rounds to cement his place just behind Klitschko in the WBN P4P list and now holds the WBA, IBO and interim WBC championships to his credit.
Sporting the most intimidating punching record in the sport, Golovkin is moving closer to total domination at 160lbs and may well have to start thinking about where to go next if he is unsuccessful in drawing Miguel Cotto into battle by the end of 2015.
Klitschko himself famously lost three times by knockout in the early stages of his career before embarking on one of the most impressive runs enjoyed by a top division champion when linking up with legendary trainer the late, great Emanuel Steward.
Granted that Klitschko’s time at the top has been blighted by a distinct lack of talent opposing him, but as they say, you can only beat what is in front of you and that continues in April when the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title holder defends his belts against Bryant Jennings.