More - Mar 8, 2017

Rising Star Gennady Golovkin Defends Multiple Titles

The middleweight boxing champ steps into the ring to battle a top contender at Madison Square Garden on March 18 – watch it live on Pay Per View

Good things seem to happen for Kazakhstan’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin when he steps into the ring. However, his opponents are likely to think otherwise. Golovkin is a perfect 36-0-0 in his career, with 33 of those wins coming via knockouts. The 34-year-old will bring a devastating streak of 23 consecutive knockouts into his next fight when he defends his multiple titles against top contender Daniel Jacobs (32-1-0) in Middleweight Madness at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, March 18. The scheduled 12-round main event will showcase the top two fighters in one of boxing’s most storied divisions. Golovkin currently owns the WBC, WBA Super, IBF and IBO middleweight titles, while Jacobs is the WBA regular middleweight champion.

In USA Today’s rankings of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, the five-foot-nine, 160-lb. Golovkin trails only Nicaragua’s Roman Gonzalez (junior bantamweight) for the No. 1 spot on the list that ranks fighters not by weight class but based on overall skill. Golovkin turned pro in 2006 after winning a silver medal for Kazakhstan at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and his star has continued to brighten with every fight.

In his 36 career pro victories, only two of Golovkin’s fights have lasted beyond the 10th round, while 17 have ended in the third round or sooner. The last win for Golovkin’s was a fifth-round TKO of previously undefeated British welterweight champion Kell Brook in London, England, in September 2016. Golovkin’s knockout ratio of 92% is the highest in middleweight championship history.

The 30-year-old Jacobs is expected to be Golovkin’s toughest challenge to date. Nicknamed “Miracle Man” following a 2011 battle with bone cancer that sidelined him for 19 months, the Brooklyn-native enters this fight with 29 career knockouts, with his last 12 wins all coming via TKO. Jacobs’s current knockout streak also includes four wins in the first round. His only career loss came to Russian Dmitry Pirog when he was stunned by a right hand in the fifth round of their WBO Welterweight title fight in July 2010.

Be sure to catch this action-packed fight live on Sportsnet PPV for $59.99 (SD) or $64.99 (HD) starting at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 18.