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Q&A: Golovkin predicts early-to-middle rounds KO of Rosado
Unbeaten middleweigt beltholder Gennady Golovkin on fighting Gabriel Rosado: "First round, hard work, hard fight. Second round, hard work... by the fifth round, I will knock him out."
Undefeated WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin is predicting an early-to-middle rounds knockout over rising Philadelphia junior middleweight standout Gabriel Rosado, whom the Olympic silver medalist from Kazakhstan will face on Jan. 19 at Madison Square Garden on HBO.
Coming off a fifth-round knockout of Grzegorz Proksa last September, Golovkin (24-0, 21 knockouts) will be after his 12th straight stoppage victory against Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs), a winner of seven straight fights, five of those by knockout.
While training at altitude in Big Bear Lake, Calif., Golovkin's workouts have included sparring sessions with WBO junior middleweight beltholder Zaurbek Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs) and cruiserweight prospect Isa Akberbayev, as well as light heavyweight Dhafir Smith, of Upper Darby, Pa., and Philadelphia super middleweight Farah Ennis, according to the boxer's trainer, Abel Sanchez.
Baysangurov is a 27-year-old winner of nine straight fights, six of them by stoppage, since falling by fifth-round stoppage to Cornelius Bundrage in December of 2008. Akberbayev is 10-0 with seven knockouts, including five straight, and will fight on the undercard at MSG on Jan. 19.
Golovkin-Rosado will be on the undercard of a main event featuring unbeaten featherweight contender Mikey Garcia and WBO beltholder Orlando Salido. The HBO tripleheader will also include a WBO junior lightweight clash between Puerto Rican titleholder Roman "Rocky" Martinez and Mexico's Juan Carlos Burgos.
Sanchez has his sights on bigger and better opponents for Golovkin, including middleweight titleholders such as RING and WBC champion Sergio Martinez, IBF and WBO counterparts Daniel Geale and Peter Quillin, as well as former beltholders Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Felix Sturm, Anthony Mundine, or Dmitry Pirog.
RingTV.com spoke to Golovkin about Rosado, as well as his future beyond their fight.
RingTV.com: Do you respect Rosado for taking on such a dangerous fighter such as yourself when it appears that others are passing on you?
RTV: Do you think that your styles will make for an exciting fight?
I come to fight and he's a warrior. He's a strong man and he's not too much moving and doesn't have a crazy style. He wants a knockout and I want a knockout, so there will be drama about who is going to win.
It's not going to be who has the better style or who is the better dancer. It's just who can fight and who can get the knockout and who is the best.
Baysangurov has good speed and he's fast and helps me concentrate. He's good for my reactions. Akberbayev is big, and he's a cruiserweight. He's a big guy with a good punch. He's good for me also.
So first round, hard work, hard fight. Second round, hard work. I'll start to wear him down. I think maybe in the fifth round, it'll be a knockout. By the fifth round, I will knock him out.
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