October 29th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Gennady Golovkin "Does Body & Bender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Bender” Work


San Francisco, CA– Every once in a while fighter comes along that can be easily described as, ”something special.” Gennady Golovkin is a man that can be described that way as he is set to defend the WBA middleweight (160 lb.) title against Curtis Stevens this Saturday night on HBO. In the words of historian Larry “The Lip” Albert, “Gennady Golovkin has the goods.”


Curtis Stevens

Curtis Stevens

At 27–0, 24 KOs, Gennady has already cracked the top 10 in the ‘pound for pound’ list. Where you list him is your prerogative, but he has his place. Stevens, 25–3, 18 KOs, too has a place on the list, just not the top 10 pound for pound list, more like the top 10 bigmouth list. That’s what got him the fight with Gennady Golovkin, his having the audacity to call out the unbeaten Russian on television. While Stevens is a good fighter, greatness is not in this future, at least in my opinion.


When Gennady Golovkin appeared a fortnight ago on “Ring Talk Worldwide,” my radio show for 29 years, Gennady agreed that the mouth of Stevens is better than that of Stevens the fighter. A man this not afraid to go to the body, Golovkin expects to KO Stevens, with no preference as to whether, “It is a body shot or head shot. He talks good, has a big mouth. He will see come fight time that he talks better than he fights.”


As for Floyd Mayweather, 45–0, 26 KOs, the man that most people, including the modest Golovkin, consider the best fighter pound for pound the world. And by far, as there is seemingly nobody out there that can compete, I didn’t say defeat, nobody out there that could compete with Floyd Mayweather. Enter Gennady Golovkin, who is not afraid of Floyd Mayweather and boldly stated on ring talk that, ” I can drop to 154, sometimes I leave the gym at 154-156. I am not afraid of Floyd Mayweather, and after the Stevens fight I would like to fight Floyd Mayweather, not at 152, but 154.”


So with Mayweather claiming to have no challenges, nobody even worthy of sharing, at least on the equal basis, the squared circle with him, somebody brought up Gennady Golovkin. Team Mayweather opined on Golovkin in surprisingly, or jokingly, by saying Gennady “Golovkin hasn’t fought anybody yet. He ain’t done s*it yet.”


Now I realize Mayweather is always in the negotiating process, but Floyd, as gifted as you are, Gennady Golovkin is tough, talented and determined. Oh, and did I mention he can punch too? Add that to the fact he will fight you at 154 lbs. makes this the superfight of 2014, Golovkin-Mayweather, does Floyd have the stones to meet boxing’s version of “The Crusher?” If after Saturday night Floyd thinks he can beat Golovkin, it’ll happen. If not, Gennady will be looking at Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or recognized middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. PBF vs GGG, could be PBF’s toughest fight, but i still think PBF will win.

    dondon on October 29th, 2013 at 10:03 PM
  2. Great fight at 154 if it is made. At this point GGG is pretty much the only chalenge that MM has.

    ray ybarra on October 30th, 2013 at 12:48 AM
  3. Mayweather is that good that MW fighters want to fight a welter to try and make a name for themselves. Really now? I’ve got no problem in GGG fighting Floyd coz Mayweather is levels ahead skillwise to GGG. But Floyd doesn’t have to fight him. Get it clear Floyd is not ducking a man who has always fought at 160lbs his professional boxing career.

    Mbuyiseli on October 30th, 2013 at 3:47 AM
  4. Pffffft. No way Floyd would take that fight.

    tommyrenob on October 30th, 2013 at 4:07 AM
  5. Until I see GGG fight at 154 I still have my doubts he can make 154. He has never made it his whole career and the fight with Rosado was originally at 157, why not at 154. That until Rosado said he would rather fight him at 160. He should fight someone at 154 to show he can make 154, not 154 pounders moving to 160.

    PJ on October 30th, 2013 at 7:10 AM
  6. Gennady will crush Mayweather if and when they fight. I doubt this will happen because Mayweather is smart, not brave. He knowss GGG is the best at 160. He can face Martinez who is badly faded.

    Mike on October 30th, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  7. Mayweather won’t get anywhere near GGG. He is in the safe fight mode and will remain there the rest of his career……

    Dick "The Mick" on October 30th, 2013 at 9:18 AM
  8. The reason why I’d give Golovkin a great chance at winning has a bit more to do with just size and power. This guys won a silver at the Olympic level. As good of a puncher he is, you have to have some boxing ability to win medals and be a great amateur. I am not sure he cane be strong at 154, but if he says he can make the weight, more power to him. I just don’t want to hear excuses if Floyd dances circles around him for 12 rounds. Floyd will have to be on his bike, because this guy can cut off the ring, can punch to the body, and Floyd won’t be able to hurt him.

    KP on October 30th, 2013 at 10:17 AM
  9. Personally, I think anything other than a shot at middleweight glory is just pure masturbation on PBF’s part. I’d like to see Floyd take a shot at history. Question. At this moment, who is the bigger draw when they perform – GGG or Martinez?

    Mike on October 30th, 2013 at 10:35 AM
  10. 160 GGG maybe a bridge too far for Floyd,and after getting Canelo to 152 lbs,unlikely to happen. GGG may find the reality of 154 lbs,too hard,even if it’s on the agenda. If you want red light area fantasy(Pedro’s apt description),try my country Australia,with the Mundine v Mosley farce(how were both these guys getting $1 million or so each,out of this?),preceded by James Toney,RJJ’s ghost,and the Green v Briggs disaster. Boxing has little credibility here,unfortunately.

    dannyb54 on October 30th, 2013 at 4:30 PM
  11. This Mayweather is faster and more elusive than the one we saw againts Cotto. GGG has been cutting the ring against whom? You’re the same delusional people that think GGG have a puncher’s chance againts Ward. GGG has fought C-level fighters even the guy he will fight on Saturday is no world beater. Its no knock on Gennady but lets not lose sight here. I’ve even heard people say GGG would KO Froch at 168lbs. Now we have seen GGG in a competitive match why on earth would he suddenly beat Carl, I don’t know that’s boxing madness for you.

    Mbuyiseli on October 31st, 2013 at 2:03 AM
  12. I think Golovkin is a terrific fighter but not nearly as proven as Floyd. GGG says Canelo was the trickiest fighter he’s sparred. From what I’ve heard their sessions were very competitive. Floyd dominated Canelo easily. I gotta say Golovkin is one of my favorite fighters right now, but I think Floyd takes a decision over him. Of course he has more than a puncher’s chance given his extensive amateur background, but he has not fought anyone even lightears near the skill level and speed of Money.

    Zak on October 31st, 2013 at 1:11 PM
  13. @33yrs old Roberto Duran a former LW champion was a 3 divison champion and fighting MW HOF Hagler, @31yrs old GGG is a MW Champion with no elite/world Class fighter in his resume and is calling out a W, am I missing something here. If Pedro considers him ” special ” why is he not calling out Froch, SOG, Adonis, now that would be special.

    Two Piece on November 12th, 2013 at 2:03 AM

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