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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