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Golovkin Could Be Back in October or November

by David P. Greisman

Gennady Golovkin’s been a busy man. The middleweight titleholder fought four times in 2013, and six times in total from his HBO debut back in September 2012 to his February 2014 win over Osumanu Adama. Even when he hasn’t had dates on the network, he’s gone to Monte Carlo in Monaco, where he flattened Nobuhiro Ishida and battered Adama.

He would’ve been even busier in 2014 had it not been for the untimely death of his father leading to the cancellation of a planned April card. Instead, Golovkin returned to the ring this past Saturday with a third-round stoppage of Daniel Geale. And Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, says he expects Golovkin to have his third fight of the year with a bout in October or November.

“Take the best available guy, the biggest name,” Loeffler said after the Geale win.

“We have a renewed commitment from HBO that they’re going to keep him very active, give him dates,” Loeffler said later. “How can you not? It was my prediction before the fight, and I stand by it, that this will be the highest rated show of any boxing show here in America, and that’s a tribute to someone from Kazakhstan living in Germany training in Big Bear.

“And it’s only been less than two years [since his HBO debut]. It’s just the excitement that he brings to the ring, and the fans seeing that he’s willing to fight anyone. We can’t force them to fight, but that’s what the fans appreciate. It’s kind of the Mike Tyson effect in America here that Gennady’s bringing to the middleweight division.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King_ on 07-28-2014

[QUOTE=Evil Abed;14804526]8,571 was the tally. Great atmosphere.[/QUOTE] Were you in section 3?

Comment by Nomadic on 07-28-2014

Good luck finding a dance partner, I doubt anyone with a chance of winning would get in the ring with him.

Comment by Evil Abed on 07-28-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14804374]I think it was. I could tell there was definitely more than 7k by fight time. There was one section that was almost 3/4's empty and another a little under half.... But overall there were ass in seats with a…

Comment by ИATAS on 07-28-2014

[QUOTE=Dinamita 03;14804319]Was it a good turnout at the Garden? I couldn't really tell from watching on tv.[/QUOTE] Yeah it was a good turn out, a little shy if 9,000. Official attendance: 8,572

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 07-28-2014

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;14803726]Wow, a marquee fighter that actually fights relatively frequently - what a f*ckin concept![/QUOTE] He's not really a marquee fighter yet and he's certainly not fighting marquee fights.

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