Undefeated WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin will make his first defense of 2014 against former title challenger Osumanu Adama on Feb. 1 in Monte Carlo, according to a press release from his promoter, K2 Promotions.
Golovkin (28-0, 25 knockouts), who has the highest KO percentage among active major titleholders, fought four times in 2013 – stopping Gabriel Rosado, Nobuhiro Ishida, Matthew Macklin and Curtis Stevens. The Ishida knockout took place in Monte Carlo.
“I’m very happy to return to Monte Carlo and excited to face Adama. I know he’s a very tough opponent and I’m looking forward to putting on another great performance for the fans in Monte Carlo and those watching around the world,” Golovkin stated in the press release, which was sent out on Tuesday.
Adama (22-3, 16 KOs), a native of Ghana who now lives and trains in Chicago, has never been stopped as a professional. In March 2012, he traveled to Australia to challenge Daniel Gealefor the IBF title, losing a very hard fought decision.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to challenge boxing’s best,” said Adama, who is promoted by CFC Promotions of Chicago. “I’ve already begun training and I will bring the titles with me back to Chicago on Feb. 1.”
The Golovkin-Adama headlined event, titled “Monte Carlo Night of Champions,” is presented by Golden Gloves of South Africa, in association with K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions. Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions says his company will continue Golovkin’s busy schedule in 2014.
“Gennady is committed to staying active and fighting the toughest opponents willing to get in the ring with him,” said Loeffler. “He’s anxious to make a quick return to the ring and looking forward to the challenge of defending his titles against Adama in Monte Carlo on Feb. 1.
“Gennady has distinguished himself as among the most popular and most watched boxers in the world, far surpassing many other world champions in TV ratings this year.”