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Kazakhstani Boxer Poised To Win Fighter of Year Award

By Aybulat Musaev December 5, 2017

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Golovkin's career of 388 total fights, 38 as a professional and 350 as an amateur, has never seen a knockout or a knockdown blow / AP Images

The most successful boxing fighter of Kazakhstan, Gennady Golovkin, has emerged as a contender for one of World Boxing News’ (WBN) “Top 10” spots, after its slate of candidates was posted on December 4.

The undefeated middleweight Golovkin, aka “Triple G” or “GGG” for his initials (Gennady Golovkin Gennadyevich), has emerged as a contender due to his win over Danny Jacobs in March, and draw with Canelo Alvarez in September. Golovkin currently holds the World Boxing Council middleweight title as well as the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts.

A 2017 WBN title win would be the fourth prize of its kind for Golovkin, who claimed it for three consecutive years, in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He outshone the renowned American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his winning the 2013 and 2015 titles.

WBN’s online voting opens December 14 and closes sometime in mid-January, at which time the winner will be revealed. Last year’s results saw Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko take four awards, including the WBN Readers and Editor’s Choice awards.

At 35 years old, Golovkin is recognized as the world's best active middleweight fighter by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. He holds seven title victories from tournaments in Kazakhstan.

Golovkin is also the world’s number one pound-for-pound boxer based on statistics compiled by The Ring magazine, known as “The Bible Of Boxing.” Pound for pound is a term used in boxing, mixed martial arts and other combat sports to identify fighter combat capabilities regardless of a boxer’s weight category. The Ring magazine has been evaluating boxers on pound-for-pound ratio since 1990.

Powerful and precise punching, balance, and methodical movement inside the ring characterize the Eastern European fighting style of Golovkin. His record of 23 knockout wins that spanned from 2008 to 2017 is the highest knockout percentage, or 89.8 percent, in middleweight boxing history.

Golovkin is also said to have one of the most durable chins in modern boxing. His career of 388 total fights – 38 as a professional and 350 as an amateur – has never seen a knockout or a knockdown blow.