Former titleholder Daniel Geale “will get his somewhere and that will change his aggressiveness” against Gennady Golovkin, said Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, during a round table discussion on Thursday at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
“This is a thinking man’s fight. The adjustments we make in the corner will determine the fight. Nobody at 160 can stand the power of Gennady,” said Sanchez of Golovkin, who will be after his 17th consecutive stoppage win against Geale. “Geale will get his somewhere and that will change his aggressiveness. Geale will not run. He will be cautious and use his boxing ability.”
Golovkin (29-0, 26 knockouts) will defend his WBA middleweight title against Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) in the hopes that an impressive victory will get him a fight against RING number one-ranked pound-for-pounder Floyd Mayweather Jr., RING champion in the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions.
“No one at 154 or 160 can stay with Gennady for 12 rounds,” said Sanchez. “Gennady would go down to 154 to fight Floyd and at 168, there are six or seven different guys. They all say that the want to fight him but it’s a different story about getting in the ring with him.”
On the Golovkin-Geale undercard, heavyweights Mike Perez and Bryant Jennings will engage in a WBC title eliminator bout, with much of the storyline centering on Perez’s is mental state. Perez returns to the Garden, where, two fights ago, his brutal 10-round unanimous decision on Nov. 2 left Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov in a medically-induced coma.
Perez did not look as if he had fully recovered from that fight during a disputed draw with Carlos Takam on January 18 in Montreal.
TOP RANK SIGNS MIKE REED
Junior welterweight Mike Reed, a southpaw from Waldorf, Md., has signed with Top Rank Promotions and could make his debut with the company in October, matchmaker Brad Goodman informed RingTV.com on Thursday.
Nicknamed, “Yes Indeed,” the 21-year-old Reed (10-0, 6 knockouts) scored a sixth-round knockdown en route to a unanimous decision over Alberto Morales last month on the undercard of junior middleweight Glen Tapia’s 82-second knockout of Keenan Collins at Bally’s Hotel in Atlantic City. It was Reed’s fourth fight in 2014.
Reed called the Morales fight “an audition” for Goodman and Top Rank.
“Mike Reed is just a very, very good prospect who has a very bright future,” said Goodman of Reed, who has fought eight times in his native Maryland and once in Washington, D.C. “We’re figuring to get him in in October. We want to take him to that championship and we’re looking for him to win it.”
Prior to facing Morales, Reed had last been in action for a fourth-round stoppage of Regino Canales at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Md. in April after having scored a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Bilal Mahasin in March.
Reed was making his sixth consecutive appearance at Rosecroft and his seventh overall, having fought there six times in 2013, scoring four knockouts during that time. Reed began 2014 with a fifth-round stoppage of Jorge Marquez in January.
“I am delighted to sign with Top Rank. They’ve been successful for a long time, and have promoted the biggest names in boxing, from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao. I am excited to have the same opportunities as the legends that came before me. Top Rank clearly has an understanding of how to market their fighters and they know how to build pay-per-view superstars. Team Reed is looking forward to having a long, successful relationship with one of the most prestigious promotional companies in boxing,” said Reed in a statement.
“This is a huge opportunity for me and I will continue to work hard. I have the right people on my team and now, I add the security of a powerful, promotional company to help me reach my goal of winning multiple world titles. I’m grateful to everyone that has played a part in helping me reach this level but I’m just getting started. I’m looking forward to representing the elite class of fighters from the DMV and the Beltway region.”
Currently a student at the College of Southern Maryland, where he is studying to become an accountant, Reed trains out of the Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton, Md., which is owned and operated by his father, trainer and manager, Michael “Buck” Pinson.
“We wanted to join a company that does a great job of moving their fighters and Top Rank is known for getting their fighters world championship opportunities. Many of their current fighters are world champions. We recently fought on one of their shows. They treated us well and were very professional,” said Pinson.
“Before my son’s pro career even began, our team set a goal that within our first 10 fights, we wanted to make a statement. During those 10 fights, Michael fought some tough competition and proved that he is a fan-friendly fighter with extremely fast hands and power. Team Reed is very goal-oriented and we are focused. We will be staying busy in the years to come, so make sure to look out for Team Reed.”
FRANKIE GOMEZ AND VERNON PARIS WEIGH IN
Junior welterweight Frankie Gomez (17-0, 13 KOs) and Vernon Paris (28-1, 16 KOs) weighed 140, and, 139.2, respectively, for Friday’s “Golden Boy Live!” main event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
Gomez has stopped five of his past six opponents and will be after his third consecutive knockout victory against Paris, who has won two straight since falling by ninth round stoppage to Zab Judah in March 2012.
The previously scheduled co-main event that was to feature rising bantamweight star Ivan Morales, will not take place due to Morales’ visa issues, according to a release.
The rest of the weights are as follows:
Terrell Gausha 157, Ronnie Warrior Jr. 164.2
Vyacheslav Sharbransky 176.8, Demetrius Walker 174.8
Neeco Macias 151.6, Robert Hill 153.2
Bryan Perrella 146, Christian Steele 145.4
Daquan Arnett 156, Angel Hernandes 155.8
Caleb Plant 161, Bryant True 161.8
Damien Sosa 136.8, Ryan Picou 136.2
Mario Barrios 125.8, Salvador Perez 123.2
ANTOINE DOUGLAS 155.5, MICHEL SORO 157
Middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas (14-0, 9 KOs) weighed in at 155.5 compared to the contracted limit of 157 for former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1, 13 KOs) for Friday’s telecast of “ShoBox: The New Generation” from Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y.
For the co-feature, super middleweights Jerry Odom and Vilier Quinonez both weighed in at 167 pounds.
Welterweights Cecil McCalla and Oscar Godoy came in at 147 and 146, respectively. Also, lightweight Wanzell Ellison was 133 pounds opposite 135 for rival Tony Luis.
ROBERTO GARCIA 146, BREIDIS PRESCOTT 146.5; CALEB TRUAX 163, DEREK ENNIS 160
Welterweights Roberto García and Breidis Prescott weighed 146 and 146.5, respectively, in advance of Friday’s main event on ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights” from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
For the co-main event, super middleweights Caleb Truax and Derek Ennis weighed 163 and 160 and Chicago resident Mike Lee came in at 178 opposite 176 for rival Paul Gonsalves.
Garcia and Truax recently signed with powerful advisor Al Haymon.
The rest of the weights for the card are as follows:
Alex Martin 148, Alfred Hall 143
Jaime Sandoval 146, Aaron Steadman 146
Eddie Ramirez 139.5, Alexis Del Bosque 138
Jose Felix Quesada 134.8, Jose Romero 135
Semajay Thomas 144.5, Charon Lamour Spain 146.2
Kristin Gearhart 139.5, Ashleigh Curry 140
RODRIGO GUERRERO FACES TAKAHIRO SHIGEE ON SATURDAY IN MEXICO
Bantamweight Rodrigo Guerrero will face Takahiro Shigee in Saturday’s main event as part of a doubleheader from Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions at the Centro De Espectaculos La Roca in Epazoyucan, México.
In another bout, the WBA female strawweight title is on the line as Anabel Ortiz defends her belt against Neisi Torres.