By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
GENNADY GOLOVKIN claimed he was told he would not win gold at the 2004 Olympics.
The Kazakhstan boxer lost the middleweight final in Athens to Russia’s Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov.
Golovkin – now 35-0 as a professional – faces Britain’s Kell Brook in a WBC, IBO and IBF middleweight title defence at the O2 on Saturday.
But just weeks after an Olympic boxing tournament ruined by controversial officiating, Golovkin’s claim will not be welcomed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
He said:“He won, the Russian. Not really win, but he won. It’s OK. This is my experience, this is part of my life. I understand how it works.
“I remember after the semi-final, he said ‘Ok, one guy from Kazakhstan, hey G you understand? Just one gold medal for Kazakhstan in boxing.’ I said - ok no problem.’
"And he said: 'Not for you, for the junior middleweight' and I said - what? I believe I beat him. After the second-round, every time, I don't know how many points. The coach from Kazakhstan kept saying 'beat him, beat him' and I said 'Ok, Ok'.”
But Golovkin holds no grudges about the incident.
He added: “If I won the Olympics maybe I would have been finished.”