By Chris McKenna in Las Vegas, courtesy of The Daily Star
GENNADY GOLOVKIN is known as one of boxing’s most vicious punchers but is wary of how one shot could change a life.
The Kazakh KO star admitted the tragedies involving Eduard Gutknecht and Nick Blackwell have opened his eyes to how dangerous this sport is.
Gutknecht will need life-long care after being seriously injured in his clash with George Groves last year while Blackwell was put in a coma following his loss to Chris Eubank Jnr.
Blackwell recovered but returned to sparring and suffered another brain injury which he may never fully recover from.
IBF, WBA, IBO and WBC middleweight champion Golovkin, 35, takes on Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this weekend in a huge fight in Las Vegas.
Many believe it will be an epic battle that will quench the blood thirst of fight fans who were left disappointed by Floyd Mayweather’s outclassing of Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
Golovkin is mild-mannered before he laces up the gloves and always appears approachable.
But once he enters the ring he is a vicious fighter who has stopped 33 of his 37 victims.
However, he is wary of the danger he possesses in his hands and what will be coming back at him from Alvarez this weekend.
He said: “I understand this is very dangerous. One punch can change a life, not just a fight.
“Canelo has power, he’s a very dangerous guy too and maybe I have my power.
“So many people and a couple of my friends have had problems after a fight. Gutknecht, a guy from England (Nick Blackwell).
“I’m more understanding that this is very dangerous. This is not a game, this is a true fight.
“If you go into a fight, you could not go home, you could go to hospital. Everyone understands that, my team understand that. This is a real fight, not just a show.”