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Golovkin Arrives in Ukraine To Prepare For Fuchigami

KIEV, UKRAINE - WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and his noted trainer Abel Sanchez have arrived in Kiev, Ukraine where Golovkin will defend his world title on Saturday, May 12th against Japanese champion Makoto Fuchigami at the Ice Palace “Terminal”.

Known for his devastating knockouts and fan friendly style, the undefeated Golovkin sports a record of 22-0-0 with nineteen stoppages while the southpaw Fuchigami, 19-6-0 (10KO’s), enters the twelve round clash with a nine bout-winning streak, eight by knockout.

A native of Kazakhstan and living in Stuttgart, Germany, Golovkin returns to action following a brutal first round knockout of Philadelphia based contenderLajuan Simon on December 9th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Simon had not been previously stopped over his eight-year career, including a twelve round war with then world champion Arthur Abraham and going the distance with Sebastian Sylvester, both in 2009.

Fuchigami, ranked #9 by the WBA, is coming off a tenth round stoppage of Kyung–Suk Kwak on April 9th in Tokyo. Prior to that he won the OPBF Middleweight Title on December 12, 2011 with a ninth round knockout of Koji Sato in Tokyo, his career best victory. He is the highest rated middleweight from Japan.

While focused on the heavy handed Fuchigami, Golovkin also has his sights set on any of the world title holders from junior middleweight to super middleweight.

“I feel comfortable at 160 but I’m willing to go down to 154 or up to 168 to fight the best in the world. There are many big names in all three weight classes and I’m willing to travel anywhere to fight these other champions.”

Continued Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions; “Along with being a world champion at middleweight, Gennady had an extraordinary amateur career travelling all over the world beating Lucian Bute, Andre Dirrell and Andy Lee among many others.  I don’t know of any other fighter that has Gennady’s willingness to move up or down in weight and travel anywhere in the world to challenge the other world champions.”

“Were excited about Gennady’s fight against Fuchigami and we have big plans for him in 2012 and beyond, particularly to make him more familiar with American boxing fans. The key is exposure, he’s got a very exciting style with big punching power that endears him right away to those who have seen him fight.”

“We truly believe that Gennady is the best middleweight in the world today and he is willing to prove that by fighting anyone that will get in the ring with him.”

The World Boxing Association has ordered that current “WBA Super Champion” Felix Sturm and Golovkin must fight by September 30, 2012.

Golovkin won the WBA World Middleweight Title on December 16, 2010 with a third round stoppage of Nilson Julio Tapia in Astana, Kazakhstan.  His first defense came in Panama City, Panama against former world champion Kassim Ouma on June 17, 2011 with a tenth round technical knockout.

Also featured on the Saturday, May 12th event is a WBO Junior Middleweight Title bout between Zaurbek Baysangurov and Michel Soro.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 04-30-2012

Another awful title defense. Golovkin needs to fire his management if he doesn't get a decent fight by the end of the year. You can make all the excuses you want, but he is 30, has held a belt for…

Comment by AlfonsoFus on 04-30-2012

Big Mismatch:rofl:

Comment by Light_Speed on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=Check;12061500]When is Golovkin actually going to step up? The dude is like in his 30s. I know he had a long and decorated amateur career but sh1t lets get it going. It didn't take a guy like Rigo long to…

Comment by Galeke on 04-30-2012

Good. Despite Fuchigami has recently had fight, he is only boxer who's accepted the offer to fight GGG among top 10 WBA contenders. He is brave, Japanese champion and currently #1 fighter in Japan according to boxrec ranking. Even if…

Comment by Check on 04-30-2012

When is Golovkin actually going to step up? The dude is like in his 30s. I know he had a long and decorated amateur career but sh1t lets get it going. It didn't take a guy like Rigo long to…

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