Gennady Golovkin: I feel 25, I can maybe fight until 40
Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin heads into the biggest fight of his career feeling fresh and ready for battle in Las Vegas.
The 35 year-old puts his clutch of belts on the line against Mexican superstar and natural successor to Floyd Mayweather’s pound for pound crown, Canelo Alvarez this weekend with a history-making feat on his mind.
Massive battles in the past featuring some of the divisions big names have inspired Golovkin to seek out the biggest test possible and Canelo will provide just that at the T-Mobile Arena this Saturday night.
“I want to win this fight because maybe for me this win will be like a history fight, like Leonard vs. Hagler. Like middleweight division, I believe the boxing division will come back. And Canelo, he’s a very special guy,” said Golovkin.
“Right off the top, the interest for me is it’s a huge fight. The story — in the middleweight division, it’s a long story. I don’t know, I remember a lot of great champions, like Carlos Monzon, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Bernard Hopkins.
“Right now, I think new stories, new times for us. So many stories are huge in the middleweight division. To be a champion is huge.”
Questions have been raised on whether ‘GGG’ is now coming down the other side of the hill in his mid-thirties, although the Kazakh puncher is adamant he feels fresh as ever on the back of a tight victory over Danny Jacobs.
“I feel great at this age. Seriously, I don’t know, just my training every day, I’m just the same. Just my sparring is the same, like my speed, my power, I don’t lose. I feel like ten years ago. Like right now I’m 35, but I feel like 25. Maybe inside, maybe right now I’m younger than Canelo. I feel like 25.”
Asked when he may consider hanging up his gloves, Golovkin replied: “Maybe like 40, five years more.
“This is boxing. Every day is difficult and dangerous. Right now I feel great. Everything’s good. My family and my team support me. I feel very comfortable. So probably, yeah, five years more.”