Undefeated WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin has taken a three-day reprieve from training camp in Big Bear to visit New York City. Golovkin boasts a record of 22 wins with 19 KOs and is considered one of the brightest stars and biggest punchers in the sport today.
It has been Golovkin’s dream to fight in Madison Square Garden and he has been invited to attend the NY Rangers game at The Garden tonight.
Golovkin: “This is my first time in New York and it is a great city. I love the energy of the people and I can help them celebrate the Super Bowl victory of the New York Giants. There are great boxing fans in New York – at the airport people were already asking for my autograph.”
The Middleweight champion has a full schedule this week. In addition to the Rangers game tonight he has meetings with the major US television companies. On Wednesday morning he will meet with the Ambassador from Kazakhstan and will then attend a special event planned for him at the Consul General office later in the afternoon.
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “We are excited about this trip for Gennady. It has been his dream to fight in Madison Square Garden and this trip is a big step to making this dream a reality. We plan to use the same marketing campaign that we used when Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko fought in New York.”
Golovkin had a very successful amateur career, boasting victories over such notables as Lucien Bute, Andy Lee, Andre Dirrell and Matt Korobov on his way to becoming a two-time world champion and winning the Silver Medal in the 2004 Olympics. As a result of his success in the amateurs and now a professional world champion, he is very popular in the Russian speaking community.
Photos courtesy: K2 Promotions