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Golovkin’s Promoter: Macklin Win Makes GGG No. 2 at 160

by David P. Greisman 

Those who have been questioning whether there is substance to Gennady Golovkin behind the hype won’t be doing so anymore if “GGG” beats Matthew Macklin, according to Golovkin’s promoter.

“If he beats Matthew Macklin, he’ll legitimately be recognized as the No. 2 guy behind Sergio Martinez,” Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions said on a June 19 media conference call in advance of Golovkin-Macklin, which is taking place on June 29 at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

Loeffler mentioned those who have been critical of Golovkin’s opponents being junior middleweights coming up in weight or otherwise not being top-level competition. But, he countered, “We’ve told HBO, there’s no name we’ve turned down yet for Gennady.”

Golovkin, 31, is undefeated at 26-0, with all but three of those wins coming by knockout. His past three bouts saw him stop Grzegorz Proksa on HBO, batter Gabriel Rosado en route to a technical knockout win on HBO, and score a one-punch knockout of Nobuhiro Ishida on an independent pay-per-view card airing out of Monaco. He’s held a World Boxing Association world title since 2010.

Loeffler called the Macklin fight “the best matchup we can put together at this time” and talked up Macklin’s credentials.

Macklin, 31, is 29-4 with 20 knockouts and is coming off a first-round knockout of Joachim Alcine. His two bouts before that were a controversial split decision loss to Felix Sturm in June 2011 and an 11th-round stoppage loss to Sergio Martinez in March 2012.

“He’s probably in the top 5, maybe the best non-titleholder in the division,” Loeffler said. “This is the kind of test that Golovkin needs.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King_ on 06-22-2013

[QUOTE=tito_bandito;13491147]LOL Dude, Golovkin has fought nothing but Bums all over Europe and Japan. Quillin ****s on this guy. It's easy to say a fighter looks better cuz they fight a bunch of nobodies and when they step their game up…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-22-2013

[QUOTE=tito_bandito;13493126]From a technical view you could see the potential but you see flaws in his game. He gets hit a lot at times where he shouldn't get hit. He's also not too fast with his hands. With that being said…

Comment by tito_bandito on 06-22-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13492952]That's cause it's been tough for him to get a real contender in the ring with him. The only reason he's having more luck now is exactly that hype and HBO buying into it. So he's no longer all risk,…

Comment by ИATAS on 06-22-2013

Sometimes you rank guys higher based on skills/talent and u take into consideration if guys are ducking or not. Rigondeaux for example was #1 only below Donaire after beating guys like Rico Ramos. Skill/talent, amateur background etc was obviously taken…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-22-2013

[QUOTE=tito_bandito;13492928]It's a **** division anyway but like I said Golovkin is getting nothing but hype for beating guys he should easily beat. Some washed up contenders...[/QUOTE] That's cause it's been tough for him to get a real contender in the…

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