LIVE BOXING CHAT: Golovkin vs. Macklin, HBO Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET

Gennady Golovkin needs to make the most of his opportunity tonight against Matthew Macklin. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, June 29, 2013 – Boxing fans, if you love hard-hitting action, you shouldn’t miss tonight’s bout on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.”

Middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin has a golden opportunity to raise his visibility and stature with American fans and secure fights against the top names with a good effort tonight against Irish fighter Matthew Macklin.


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With the highest knockout percentage of any active boxer in the ring at 88.5 percent, or nearly nine out of ten opponents, Golovkin generates plenty of excitement among the boxing community. He likes to fight and the fans love him for it.

Despite being heavily favored, Golovkin’s opponent is no walkover. The phrase “tough as nails” was invented for Matthew Macklin. Macklin can take a hit and he can dish it out. He fought well against number one middleweight Sergio Martinez, and he was robbed of a decision against Felix Sturm.

Both fighters made weight on Friday afternoon at 159 pounds even in this 160-pound middleweight class. Making weight hasn’t been a given lately, so everyone involved was relieved to make it official.

Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO) has scored eight straight knockouts since winning his title in 2010, and 23 out of 26 professional bouts. He has never been knocked out or even knocked down in over 400 amateur and professional fights. He’s only fought past the ninth round once in his entire career.

The criticism is that he hasn’t faced the toughest opponents. But it’s not because he is avoiding them to preserve his record. Top fighters have avoided Golovkin, a combination of high risk and low reward. Golovkin isn’t a top tier draw on the order of a Floyd Mayweather, but he’s getting there. 

Macklin (29-4, 20 KO) believes he will be able to make Golovkin go into the later rounds, foreign territory that he may not know how to handle. He is confident he has the power to hurt him. He’s got 20 knockouts of his own.

Hardcore fans are excited because this fight could be short and sweet, a few rounds filled with some serious bombs. It could be a brawl that goes the distance. Either way, it has Fight of the Year potential. 

Communities will lead a live boxing chat starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. Our knowledgeable followers add a lot to the commentary and we welcome you.


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.

 

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