Gennadiy Golovkin and Steve Rolls are ready to keep the entertainment going in New York, seven days on from Andy Ruiz shocking Anthony Joshua at the same venue.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated return of pound-for-pound Kazakh superstar “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) and his dangerous showdown against undefeated Top-10 contender and Toronto native Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs), the fighters tipped the scales on Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
The fight will be contested at a maximum weight of 164 lbs.
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“I feel great. Thank you guys. Good to see everybody. Tomorrow – I’m bringing big drama show.”
How’s he feeling at the contracted weight of 164 lbs.? “I feel nothing different, just only a few pounds. It’s nothing. Maybe just one time drinking coffee.”
On his opponent: “He looks good. He looks strong. I thank my opponent. This is serious business.”
“It feels great to be here. This is what I worked so hard for and I’m finally here and I’m looking forward to taking full advantage of it. I’m bringing a fight. I’m bringing that drama show – I’m going to be a part of the big drama show tomorrow night.”
On if the contracted weight of 164 lbs. makes a difference for him? “No, it doesn’t. I’m very comfortable at this weight. I’m used to fighting at 160 but I’ve fought over 160 many times so there’s no issue with the weight.”
On Ruiz’s upset: “I’ve always been very motivated even before last weekend happened but it was great to see that and it makes fan that much more intrigued about what’s going to happen with this fight.”
Undefeated super middleweight contenders Ali Akhmedov (14-0, 10 KOs) of Almaty, Kazakhstan and Marcus McDaniel (15-0, 2 KOs) of New Orleans also faced off ahead of their clash for the vacant WBC International Super Middleweight title in the co-main event.
Also part of the main card, in a battle of undefeated Brooklyn brawlers, rising star Brian Ceballo (8-0, 4 KOs) and Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1, 12 KOs) will be slugging it out in an eight-round welterweight battle for borough supremacy.