Exclusive: GGG the biggest puncher I’ve ever seen – IBO President
In a fight-week interview with WBN, International Boxing Organisation President Ed Levine had high praise indeed for his 160 pound title holder Gennady Golovkin.
Golovkin, 34, picked up the vacant IBO belt three fights into his reign as WBA champion, and thirteen fights later – all knockouts, Levine has had first-hand experience of seeing the big-punching Kazakh in action.
Taking into account that Mr. Levine has been watching boxing since the 1960’s, the IBO supremo bestowed a chilling mantle on Golovkin that could strike fear into the heart of upcoming opponent Kell Brook and his team.
“I’ve seen Golovkin in all his title defenses, and he’s a phenomenal fighter,” Levine exclusively told World Boxing News.
““I think Golovkin is the biggest puncher I’ve ever seen, pound for pound, although Brook is a very skilful fighter, in his own right. I don’t think it’s going to be a walk in the park and I think Kell Brook will give a good account of himself.
“I’ve never seen anyone more powerful than Gennady Golovkin. Of course, he’s a middleweight and that’s why I say pound for pound, but he’s the biggest puncher I’ve ever seen and this goes back all the way to my youth.
“I’ve been watching this sport for a long, long time and just to be ringside to see him land a punch and you see the reaction of the other fighter – it’s like a wake-up call. It’s like they are saying, ‘what did I get myself into here’ and all their plans sort of go out the window when they get hit by Golovkin, the power is just incredible.
“But with the addition of the British fans and Brook’s considerable skills, this is going to be an amazing night,” he added.
Golovkin and Brook has enjoyed a respectful rivalry in the build-up to the fight, but all that will go out of the window on Saturday night as the pair battle it out to potentially be recognized as the best fighter on the planet at London’s O2 Arena.