Gennady Golovkin; The Modern Day Mike Tyson

Other than the loud mouth personality, owning a tiger – from what I know Golovkin has not yet purchased one – and a face tattoo, what’s the difference between Gennady Golovkin and Mike Tyson? Both are, were for Tyson, quite the physical specimens with monster power and the unique ability to bring fear upon their opponents who have others punch them for a living.

Looking at both fighters bodies of work they are eerily similar. After his two-round dismantling of Dominic Wade, Gennady Golovkin now rests with a professional record of 35-0, 32 wins by the way of knockout. Through 35 fights in Tyson’s career, he 35-0, 31 wins by knockout.

In similar ways, both are cocky and will fight and in Tyson’s case did fight anyone that is and was willing to step up to bat. Golovkin’s cockiness has been a recent fad. The thing about it is, he knows he’s what’s in in boxing right now, just like Tyson knew when he was running the show. Just an example of GGG’s in ring cockiness came when he dropped his hands and motioned for Wade to throw punches at him.

Now look, things are obviously different. Tyson fought in the heavyweight division while Golovkin is just a middleweight. That said, Golovkin’s power is similar to that of Tyson just in a smaller body. The scary part is that Triple-G isn’t just a power puncher. He arguably has the best jab in the entire sport. Golovkin can adjust from stalker and strict power puncher to combinations of jabs to set his big shots up.

Golovkin’s resume has so much room to gr

ow as he begins to face bigger and bigger names. He’s been ready for these names but the only problem has been the big names have shied away from fighting him. Triple-G’s recent fight drew north of 1.3 million views. There are no more excuses for the biggest names in the sport to fight Golovkin. Golovkin, like Tyson, is about to be a pay-per-view star and rule the boxing world. We can only hope GGG doesn’t bite a piece of someones ear off.

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Boxing is Being Revived by Three Letters: GGG

32 wins, 0 losses, 31 wins by way of knock-out. 19 consecutive fights ending by way of knock-out. This is the resume of the unstoppable force that is Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. It’s been said for a few years now how the sport was dying but Triple G, probably the most feared boxer since Mike Tyson, is keeping it alive and well.

When you first see Golovkin, you see a chiseled jam line, infectious smile and a seemingly down to earth nice guy. Once you step in the ring with him, it’s the polar opposite. His opponents can’t wait for the end-of-round bell to ring. His latest win against Martin Murray was the longest fight in his professional career and it was only 11 rounds ending in a TKO. He is the most feared boxer in the sport right now which is why he has struggled to score the biggest fights he could.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see how many times a year GGG fights. In today’s day and age, the top-tier boxers rarely fight more than twice a year. In 2013, when he was deemed “Fighter of the Year” by the readers of The Ring Magazine, he fought four times and this past year he fought three. He’s scheduled to fight for his second time in 2015 on May 16th against Willie Monroe, Jr., who he’ll most likely continue his KO streak in quick fashion.

Nobody wants to fight Golovkin. Good for anyone who does want to step in the ring with the machine himself. He showed in his latest fight against Martin Murray he has just as much technical skill as he does power. Besides his devastating power, he has a great jab combination and finally showed how strong that chiseled jawline in fight against Murray as he took the hardest blows of his career and they barely affected him.

Like everyone else, I would thoroughly enjoy a Golovkin versus Cotto fight, even though I don’t think Cotto would be able to handle GGG’s power and Cotto’s a hall-of-famer. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. said he would be willing to bet one million dollars he would knock Golovkin out. Is Chavez delusional? Yeah, probably, but it’s still a fight the public would like to see.

After his upcoming fight with Monroe there will be tons of skepticism who will fight Triple G next. Nobody has the answer but at this point, Golovkin will fight anyone who approaches him to fight, anywhere his opponent wants to fight and will do it with a smile on his face. It’s time to recognize the 32-year-old as one of the faces of boxing now and going forward.