Gennady Golovkin’s reason for 164lb fight is surprising but typically humble

Ringside 22/04/2019

📸 Amanda Westcott

Gennady Golovkin explained his reasoning for fighting Steve Rolls at a catchweight of 164 pounds when they meet this summer.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction ‘GGG’ battles undefeated Top-10 world-rated contender Rolls on June 8.

The pair kicked off their coast-to-coast media tour with a New York press conference at Madison Square Garden.

Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, formally announced to media that he is bringing his Big Drama Show back to the “Mecca of Boxing”.

Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) will be in the opposite corner on in a 12-round rumble live on DAZN.

His opponent hails from Toronto and agreed that the encounter will be contested at a maximum weight of 164 lbs.

The bout marks GGG’s debut on DAZN, after signing a six-fight global partnership in March.

“I’m very happy. I’m happy to go back to the sport. Also, I’m happy to be back at Madison Square Garden. It’s a very interesting time for me,” said Golovkin.

“It’s an amazing time for the sport. Also an amazing time for boxing. Madison Square Garden, I feel like it’s my second home.

GGG Rolls
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“[With Rolls,] it doesn’t matter who says what. It’s going to be me and you in the ring and may the strongest man win. I would like to wish him luck, and we’ll see what happens.

“I don’t have a lot of time left in my career, this is the time when we’ll be able to give our audience a good big show.”

Why 164?

“I wanted to try it out, try this weight, but it wasn’t that big of a deal for me to do this weight. And for my opponent, this would be a little more comfortable since he usually fights at 168.

“I wouldn’t want him to be uncomfortable,” he added.


Promoted by GGG Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment, tickets to The Big Apple battle between Golovkin and Rolls are now on sale. 

Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, not including fees, tickets may be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office.

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