Posted January 17, 2013 on
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Gennady Golovkin realizes not many top boxers are eager to step into a ring with him.
The Kazakh middleweight hopes to make himself impossible to ignore this year, starting with Saturday's fight against Gabriel Rosado at Madison Square Garden.
Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) is a WBA champion with the potential to fight in three weight divisions, but his two-handed knockout power and relatively small U.S. name recognition make him an extremely undesirable matchup for champions from 154 to 168 pounds.
But Golovkin's showmanship and charisma have earned him a devoted fan following that's growing virally with each performance. Backed by the Klitschko brothers' promotional company, he hopes to fight five times in 2013.
If he keeps improving, Golovkin believes he'll land the big fights he craves.
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Prior to last September, American boxing fans had to scratch and claw for every bit of Gennady Golovkin footage they could. Methods ranged from YouTube to streaming the Kazakhstan native's bouts just to catch a glimpse of the explosive power he possesses.
This power has led Golovkin to a remarkable, undefeated record of 24-0 with 21 knockouts.
Last fall, stateside fans finally...
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