As the date of Gennady Golovkin's title fight in Monte-Carlo looms, Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman has issued a stark warning to the WBA and IBO middleweight champion: "Underestimate Nobuhiro Ishida at your peril."
Unbeaten Golovkin makes his seventh title defense against the Japanese boxer, who is considered a very large underdog against one of the world's best middleweights, in Monaco on March 30.
Berman's fighters have a remarkable knack for upsetting the odds, none more impressive than Corrie Sanders, who stopped heavy favorite Wladimir Klitschko in two rounds for the WBO heavyweight title 10 years ago. The late Sanders was a prohibitive underdog, but he stunned the doubters with the performance of his life.
Berman also promoted the heavyweight championship fight when Lennox Lewis was knocked cold by unheralded Hasim Rahman inside five rounds in 2001.
One of Berman's earliest world championship promotions saw unbeaten Olympic champion Kennedy McKi...