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Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin




UD 12
KO 4
MD 12
KO 2

Belts held

IBF World Middleweight champion
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Next Scheduled Defence
Japan flag Murata (16-2-0) 29-Dec-2021
Last defence
Poland flag Szeremeta (21-0-0) TKO 7 18-Dec-2020
Time inactive
350 days - (11 months & 16 days)
Won against
Ukraine flag Derevyanchenko (13-1-0) UD 12 05-Oct-2019
Time held
790 days - (2 years & 1 month)
Total defences
Dec 18 2020
TKO 7 Poland flag Szeremeta (21-0-0)
Activity average
Every 790 days - (2 years & 1 month)
Mandatory challenger
Last mandatory
Poland flag Szeremeta (21-0-0) TKO 7 18-Dec-2020
Since a mandatory
350 days - (11 months & 16 days)


5' 10" / 179 cm
70.1" / 178 cm
Orthodox (R)

Full record


Ranking @ Middleweight


The story

One of the most devastating punches in middleweight history, Gennady Golovkin has racked up quite a few knockouts over the course of his career. Born on April 8, 1982 in Kazakhstan, he was fighting from a young age, as his brothers would encourage him to fight grown men on the streets even when he was a young child. He started his boxing training at 8 years old and won quite a few championships as a younger fighter, with highlights including his 2002 gold medal as a middleweight in the Asian Games, his 2003 gold medal at middleweight in the World Championships and his 2004 gold medal at middleweight in the Asian Championships. He also competed in the 2004 Olympics and earned a silver medal.

After a very successful amateur career where he went 345-5, Golovkin had his first professional fight on May 6, 2006, and it didn’t last long. He knocked out his opponent, Gabor Balogh, in the very first round. He ended up fighting six times before the end of the year, winning all of them by stoppage. That streak continued over his first two fights in 2007, and he built a record of 8-0 with finishes in every fight. He then had his first decision win against Mehdi Bouadla on September 7, 2007.

The fighter who would later be known as GGG due to his initials may have been fighting relative unknowns on small cards in Germany, but he was taking them out in dominant fashion. His talent was obvious to anyone watching him fight, as he wasn’t merely a power puncher. He was an excellent pressure fighter, skilled at cutting off the ring and forcing his opponents into the perfect position to land those brutal blows. His chin was rock solid, and he would also punch at unique angles, often catching his opponents by surprise.

With a 16-0 record, he got a shot for the WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title on July 11, 2009. He took advantage by knocking out John Anderson Carvalho in just two rounds. After another second-round KO, this one against Mikhail Makarov, he then fought Milton Nunez on August 14, 2010 for the WBA interim middleweight title. This time around, he only needed one round for another brutal knockout victory.

When he had two title defenses under his belt, he took on Lajuan Simon for the IBO middleweight title. He again took care of his opponent early, scoring a KO in the very first round. A third-round TKO victory over Makoto Fuchigami followed.

Gennady Golovkin then finally got to introduce himself to an American audience in his first fight on U.S. soil, which took place on September 1, 2012 in Verona, New York. He put on a show against Grzegorz Proksa, who was 28-1 at the time, becoming the first man to stop him when he earned a TKO in the fifth round. His next fight was at Madison Square Garden, and on the bigger stage he put on perhaps a bigger beating, smashing Gabriel Rosado from the opening bell until the American fighter’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.

After two third-round KO victories, he took on highly ranked Curtis Stevens, once again at Madison Square Garden. It was another vicious performance that earned him international acclaim, as he absolutely battered Stevens. He knocked Stevens down with a clean series of two left hooks in round two, and while Stevens fought gamely, his corner stopped the fight after the eighth round because of the cumulative damage.

His next fight was February 1, 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco against Osumanu Adama, and after four knockdowns, the referee stopped the fight and he won by TKO in round seven. Next, he went back to Madison Square Garden for a fight against Daniel Geale on July 26, 2014. It was another methodical, yet vicious performance, where he started everything off with his crisp, snapping left jab. Soon he was landing his power punches, and the fight was over in the third round.

He got the opportunity to add the WBC interim middleweight title to his collection when he took on Marco Antonio Rubio in Carson, California at the StubHub Center. He needed barely more than a round to take the belt, notching another devastating KO win.

He went back to Monte Carlo to defend his titles against Martin Murray on February 21, 2015. While his opponent had sound defense and the toughness to keep going even while taking punishment, Golovkin eventually proved to be too much, as he forced the referee to step in and save Murray from any more damage in round 11.

On May 16, 2015, he fought Willie Monroe Jr. at The Forum in Inglewood, California. While Monroe Jr. was light on his feet and used effective movement to stay relatively safe over the first five rounds, the Kazakhstani fighter eventually forced him to the ropes and landed hard punches for a TKO win in the sixth round.

Another fight at Madison Square Garden was next, this one against David Lemieux on October 15, 2015 with the IBF middleweight title on the line. He was in full control of the fight from start to finish, which came by way of TKO in round eight. He was back in The Forum next to defend his belts against Dominic Wade, who was a heavy underdog. The odds makers proved to be right about that, as Gennady Golovkin easily defeated Wade with a KO in the second round.

He then traveled to The 02 Arena in London, England to take on hometown favorite Kell Brook on September 10, 2016. Originally, the plan was for him to fight Chris Eubank Jr., but after negotiations for that fight broke down, Brook took the fight, going up two weight divisions in the process. To his credit, Brook fought hard, even after suffering a broken right eye socket. He threw plenty of punches back, but couldn’t seem to harm the larger fighter. By the middle of the fifth round, Golovkin was landing shots at will, forcing Brook’s corner to throw in the towel to protect their fighter.

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What is Gennady Golovkin's Record?

Gennady Golovkin's record currently stands at 41 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. Of those 41 wins he has stopped 36 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 88%. In his only defeat, he lost on the scorecards. He's boxed a total of 219 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 5.1 rounds on average.

What was Golovkin's last fight?

Gennady Golovkin's last fight took place against Kamil Szeremeta's on 18th Dec 2020, in Florida, United States. He won by technical knockout in the 7th round. That fight was 11 months and 15 days ago.

How active is Gennady Golovkin?

Golovkin's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 28 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.4 rounds on average.

What belts does Gennady Golovkin hold?

He won a vacant IBF World Middleweight belt against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, beating him by unanimous decision after 12 rounds on 5th October 2019. He has held this belt for a total of 350 days (11 months and 16 days) and has defended the belt 1 time. His next mandatory for his IBF belt is due against Gennady Golovkin. His last mandatory challenger for this belt was Kamil Szeremeta, who he defeated by technical knockout in the 7th round, on 18th December 2020. This was 11 months and 16 days ago.

Where is Gennady Golovkin From?

Golovkin was born in Kazakhstan.

How Old Is Gennady Golovkin?

The middleweight is currently 39 years old. He was born on 8th April 1982, so he will turn 40 in 4 months and 5 days.

How long has Golovkin been fighting?

Gennady Golovkin made his professional debut in May 2006, so he has been a pro for 15 years and 6 months.

How good is Gennady Golovkin?

Golovkin is currently ranked 1st by the The Ring at Middleweight.

How tall is Gennady Golovkin?

Golovkin is 5' 10" (5 Foot and 10 inches) which is 179cm (1 meter and 79 centimeters).

What is Golovkin's Reach?

His reach is 70.1 inches (70.1") which is 178 cm (1 meter and 78 centimeters).

What stance does Gennady Golovkin use?

Golovkin fights from a traditional orthodox stance, which means he favours his right hand as his power hand when fighting.

What are some potential opponents for Gennady Golovkin?

Some potential future fights for Golovkin include Unified Super Middleweight Champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Chris Eubank Jr, Billy Joe Saunders, Gilberto Ramirez and Manny Pacquiao.

What will be Gennady Golovkin's Next Fight?

Gennady Golovkin is to face Ryota Murata next on Wednesday 29th December 2021. The fight will take place at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan. The card will be broadcast by DAZN Global in the UK, and DAZN in the United States.

How can I stream Gennady Golovkin's Fights?

In the UK you stream Golovkin's fight against Murata on DAZN UK.

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What are some recent Gennady Golovkin results?

Golovkin has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight, he defeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko on 5th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.

Previous to that, he had defeated Steve Rolls on 8th June 2019 by knockout in the 4th round at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on 15th September 2018 by majority decision in their WBA Super World Middleweight, WBC World Middleweight and The Ring Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

Before that, he had beat Vanes Martirosyan on 5th May 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round in their WBA Super World Middleweight and WBC World Middleweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson.

He had drawn with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on 16th September 2017 by split draw in their WBC World Middleweight, WBA Super World Middleweight, IBF World Middleweight and The Ring Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

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When is Gennady Golovkin's Next Fight?

Gennady Golovkin is to face Ryota Murata next on Wednesday 29th December 2021. The fight will take place at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan. The card will be broadcast by DAZN Global in the UK, and DAZN in the United States.

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