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Golovkin, Geale finally collide

Photo: Will Hart / HBO

Photo: Will Hart / HBO

There are very few boxers today who are considered “must-see” attractions. Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto are the top draws in the sport today, but you can soon add Gennady Golovkin, aka “GGG” to this select group. This Saturday night, Madison Square Garden hosts boxing’s most exciting young star, as he defends his WBA middleweight championship against tough former champion Daniel Geale of Australia.

Golovkin has knocked out 16 straight opponents, but Geale could be his toughest opponent to date. He’s an experienced, world-class fighter who has been near the top of the middleweight division for years. Geale holds notable victories over Felix Sturm, Anthony Mundine and Sebastian Sylvester.

Golovkin has the highest knockout ratio of any active world champion (89.66%) with a record of 29-0-0 (26 KO’s) and the 33-year-old Geale has a record 30-2-0 (16 KO’s) and has never been knocked out.

Golovkin is a heavy favorite to be the first fighter to stop Geale and the consensus amongst the boxing public leading up to this matchup has been more about what lies ahead for “Triple G”. The Aussie challenger is tough and durable enough to end the string of Golovkin knockouts, which currently stands at 16 in a row.

_H1_1141Golovkin, 32, of Kazakhstan, and Geale have been on a collision course for the last couple of years. In 2012 after Geale outpointed longtime champion Felix Sturm in Germany, Golovkin was his mandatory challenger. Not surprisingly, Geale opted to vacate one of his belts to take a more lucrative rematch with countryman Anthony Mundine, a fight Geale won easily to avenge his first career defeat.

Then Golovkin and Geale were supposed to fight in April, but the fight was not finalized because Geale could not secure the pay-per-view date in Australia due to a conflict with a UFC event that was already scheduled. Golovkin-Lee was then made, but canceled because of the death of Golovkin’s father.

Golovkin is the most dangerous man in boxing today. The former Olympian has a high boxing IQ and is one of the most devastating punchers in the game. There is good reason why many around his division have steered away from him. Geale steps up to the challenge Saturday night but the feeling is Golovkin is just too good and too hard of a puncher.

My prediction: Golovkin TKO in 8.

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