Golovkin’s secret of success

Golovkin has brutally stopped all 19 opponents willing to face him over the last seven years and has an unblemished record of 32 straight wins – 29 by knockout.

The fearsome Kazakh will put his WBA title on the line when he faces American southpaw Willie Monroe in the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Saturday night.

”I just like fights,” said Golovkin. ”I like lots of action, lots of fun. This is why I have this career.”

Monroe, 19-1, will be the first southpaw Golovkin has faced since he knocked out Grzegroz Proksa on his US debut in September 2012.

”Different style for me, but this is a good test for me,” added Golovkin. ”I want to show my fans I beat any style. I can beat a southpaw.

???I know this fight is not easy for me, but I like a drama show. I like a good fight.”

Golovkin has offered to step up to face Carl Froch at 168lbs and drop down and a division to take on Floyd Mayweather.

However, the 33-year-old has yet to entice any of the sport’s biggest names into the ring with him, although he’s still aiming for a big-time bout against Miguel Cotto or Canelo Alvarez.

”All Gennady can do is fight whoever agrees to get in the ring with him,” said his promoter, Tom Loeffler.

”He’s become one of the most marketable fighters in the sport today, but his career is also dependent on somebody else accepting the challenge.

???We can make it worth their while financially, but you still have to be in that ring with Gennady.”

Saturday’s bout comes just three months after Golovkin’s last title defence, an 11th-round stoppage of Briton Martin Murray in Monte Carlo.

It was the deepest Golovkin had been taken since his first defence of the belt in June of 2011, but Murray never showed the punching power to trouble the champion.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says his fighter will have to adjust to Monroe’s style, but he doesn’t see the 28-year-old challenger lasting 12 rounds.

“I don’t think anybody at 160 pounds (72.57 kg) stays with Gennady for 12 full rounds,” Sanchez told ESPN. “Murray almost proved me wrong, but I don’t think that Willie will.”

Monroe, however, believes he can upset the odds.

”I’m a stylistic enigma to this guy,” Monroe said. ”I knew from the outset that he didn’t want to fight me. I’m not his first choice here.

???A lot of people are going to be surprised by the way I hit him. A lot of people are asking me, ‘Are you scared?’ I relish being the underdog. I’ve literally been the underdog since I was conceived in my mother’s womb.”

Golovkin weighed in for the14th defence of his title at 159lbs, while Monroe Jr was bang on the limit at 160 lbs.??

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