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Gennady Golovkin v Saul Alvarez preview: GGG’s 5 biggest boxing wins

Leigh Copson in Boxing 23 Jul 2017
Gennady Golovkin (credit: Leigh Dawney/Getty Images)

Gennady Golovkin will enter the ring for the biggest fight of his career on September 16, and ahead of his eagerly-anticipated showdown with Saul Alvarez our own Leigh Copson has been looking back on the biggest wins of ‘GGG’s career so far.


Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Geale (July 2014)


This truly was Golovkin’s ‘coming out party’ as he recorded the biggest victory of his career so far. Daniel Geale had been a unified middleweight champion less than two years prior to this bout and he had never been stopped in his career, so many thought he would provide ‘GGG’ with his toughest test to date. However, Golovkin needed less than three rounds to dispatch the Australian fighter, dropping him late in the second round before finishing him off with a right hand in the third.

Gennady Golovkin v Martin Murray (February 2015)


Another fight, another stoppage win for Golovkin – but unlike his previous opponents brave Martin Murray was able to drag ‘GGG’ to the penultimate round of the ‘contest’. However, the fact the St Helens fighter lasted almost 11 full rounds does not mean this was a back-and-forth battle. Golovkin twice sent Murray to the canvas with body shots in the fourth round and dropped him again in the 10th before the referee showed mercy and ended the onslaught with 50 seconds to go round 11.

Gennady Golovkin v David Lemieux (October 2015)


Golovkin added to his collection of world titles with a dominant display against David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden. The Kazakhstan fighter was in control from the very first bell at MSG, dropping IBF middleweight champion Lemieux in the fifth round before forcing the referee to step in as he pummelled the Canadian on the ropes halfway through the eighth round.

Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook (September 2016)


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Nobody saw this fight coming, but after talks with Chris Eubank Jr stalled it was announced that Golovkin would make his London debut against unbeaten welterweight world champion Kell Brook. ‘GGG’ rocked Brook in the very first round only for the Sheffield fighter to come battling back and, at times, trouble the middleweight champion. However, Golovkin’s punching power was simply too much for his challenger and Brook’s team threw in the towel in the fifth round to save their man, who had suffered a broken eye socket during the fight.

Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Jacobs (March 2017)


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Golovkin improved his perfect record to 37-0 when he took on Daniel Jacobs – but for the first time since June 2008 ‘GGG’ needed the judges’ help after ‘The Miracle Man’ took him the full 12 rounds. Jacobs had been a 6/1 underdog heading into the fight but he caused Golovkin plenty of problems during the 12-round affair and many felt he had done enough to win the fight. It was the Kazakhstan fighter who got the nod from the judges though and for the first time in his career we had seen Golovkin’s resilient side.


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Gennady Golovkin v Saul Alvarez preview: GGG’s 5 biggest boxing wins

Gennady Golovkin will enter the ring for the biggest fight of his career on September 16, and ahead of his eagerly-anticipated showdown with Saul Alvarez our own Leigh Copson has been looking back on the biggest wins of ‘GGG’s career so far.

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