Golovkin ready for spotlight at Madison Square Garden
- Updated: July 23, 2014
Gennady Golovkin is only days away from what is perhaps the biggest fight of his career against Daniel Geale.
Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO) has fought in the small theater of the Garden, but this will be his first time headlining a card inside the actual “Mecca of boxing” known as Madison Square Garden.
“This is a very important fight for me to fight in the big arena at Madison Square Garden,” Golovkin said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
Geale (30-2, 16 KO) is going up against boxing’s boogeyman. Golovkin is one of the most avoided fighters in the world but he is unfazed by the knockout artist.
“I’m very confident going into this fight,” Geale said. “Golovkin is one of the best fighters in the world but I can beat him.”
While it’s also Geale’s first time fighting at the Garden, he says he is no stranger to fighting on a big stage.
“I’ve fought all over the world so I have no problem fighting in Madison Square Garden against Golovkin,” Geale said. “I always wanted to fight him and I’m ready to win on Saturday night.”
In his loss to Darren Barker last August, Geale lost his IBF title. However, he did catch the eye of Golovkin with his fierce attack to the body.
“Daniel Geale is a great fighter, he throws a lot of punches and has a different style being from Australia,” Golovkin said. “I saw the Barker fight and know what a very good body puncher he is.”
Of course there are some who wonder what would be next for Golovkin should he come out with the victory this Saturday against Geale. Despite those who say Golovkin should move up or down in weight, he says he plans on staying at 160. With champions like Miguel Cotto, Peter Quillin and Sam Soliman in the division, Golovkin sees plenty of options.
“Right now my focus is on 160 and unifying the titles,” Golovkin said.
After the postponement of their scheduled fight earlier this year, undefeated heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez are also ready for their showdown in the co-main event this Saturday night.
“It was tough to have the fight postponed but I’m ready to fight Perez right now.”
“I can’t speak about why Perez looked different against Takam, maybe he had a bad day.”
“I’m not preparing any differently, I’m going to fight my fight and win on Saturday night.”
“Yes, it’s a big deal fighting as a heavyweight at Madison Square Garden. I want to add my name to the champions who have fought there.”
“My prediction is that I’m going to win.”
Golovkin vs Geale takes place on Saturday, July 26 at Madison Square Garden and live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.