To become a star, it doesn’t matter where you are from, what matters is how you can make your way to stardom. This is the case of boxer Gennady Golovkin, of Kazakh origin, who has entered the annals of boxing. Starting out as an amateur boxer, Gennady managed to work his way to the top with his unbeatable skills and unique boxing style.
He is versatile when it comes to middleweight championships. Golovkin successfully defended the IBO middleweight title thirteen times, making him the third full player after Bernard Hopkins and Carlos Monzon, who had 19 and 14 wins respectively.
Learn about Golovkin’s early body measurements, career, family, brother and body.
Gennady Golovkin, Early Life, Family and Parents
The great boxing champion was born as GennadyGennadyevich Golovkin (GGG) in the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan. Gennady’s parents are of Russian and Korean descent, giving her a mixed ethnicity. Her father was a Russian coal miner while her mother was a Korean who worked as a lab assistant. He has two older brothers, Sergey and Vadim, and a twin brother named Max. Gennady started boxing at the age of eight.
His older brothers first took him and his twin to the boxing gym and encouraged them to fight to protect themselves. Later, Sergey and Vadim joined the Soviet army and died while serving. Vadim’s death was reportedly reported in 1990 and Sergey’s in 1994. However, the government or his family never disclosed any issues of their deaths. They were both buried with empty coffins.
Amateur and Professional Career
Golovkin began his boxing training at a gymnasium in Maikuduk, Karaganda, Kazakhstan and his first trainer was Victor Dmitriev. He underwent intensive training and began his amateur career in 2000. In 2002, he received a scholarship from the Olympic Solidarity programme. In 2003, he participated in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok, where he won the gold medal. He also participated in the Asian Amateur Championships the following year, winning the gold medal. The games were held in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. He was part of the Kazakh Olympic team that traveled to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, where the talented boxer beat American Andre Dirrell to advance to the final and was defeated by Russian Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov,
Following his remarkable performances in the Gennady Golovkin ended his amateur career in 2005. Later he signed a professional contract with a German company called UBP (Universum Box-Promotion) and made his professional debut in May 2006 He made significant progress in winning the WBO award. Continental Middleweight Championship in Germany after defeating Brazilian boxer named John Anderson Carvalho. However, in 2010, following unresolved financial and contractual issues with UBP, Golovkin had to sever ties with UBP to end his contract with them.
After a while he was placed in an interim title fight with Milton Nunez who was the world number one at the time. Gennady defeats Milton and becomes world champion. He was promoted to WBA champion (regular), after which the determined boxer took his career to the United States.
GGG debuted in the United States in 2011 after battling with American professional boxer named Lajuan Simon in New York. He signed up for K2 Promotions and also trained with Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California. Gennady won the IBO middleweight title in 2013, after defeating Curtis Stevens. He successfully defended the IBO title thirteen times, making him the third full player after Bernard Hopkins and Carlos Monzon, who had 19 and 14 wins respectively.
The Kazakh star, usually referred to as God of War has been outstanding throughout his career with thirty-seven wins out of thirty-eight fights and one draw. He fought against champions and super champions such as Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs, Kell Brook, Dominic Wade, David Lemieux, Willie Monroe Jr., Martin Murray and Rubio, among others.
His net worth
Boxer Khazak is successful throughout his career, winning a silver medal at the 2004 Silver Olympics; He also won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games as well as the 2004 World and Asian Boxing Championships in 2004. He has earned a fortune from his boxing career and is currently living a life of luxury.
Gennady Golovkin has a huge net worth of $6million. He has earned wealth from his boxing games as well as his endorsements including endorsement deals with major brands such as Apple Watch ad, Custom Hublot watch and Air Jordan hardware. After his exceptional career, he was named Hunter of the Year by Ring Magazine in 2013 and won several world championship titles.
Gennady’s twin brother – Maxim Golovkin
Gennady’s twin brother, Maxim Golovkin, has always been a big supporter of Gennady, always by his side near the boxing ring. Gennady and his brother Max started boxing when they were eight years old after their older brother Vadim drove them to the gym. After the sudden disappearance of their older brothers, Vadim and Sergey, the twins witnessed a tougher life than before.
On their eighteenth birthday, their family could not afford to sponsor the twins into the boxing career. As such, Max gave in to his brother Gennady, who is a top boxer in this couple, in order to continue his boxing career.
Golovkin also revealed in an interview that he fought for his family, his brother Max and his father, who was his biggest fan during his lifetime.
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His personal life, wife and children
Speaking of his personal life, boxing has taken great champion Gennady Golovkin to many places in search of greener pastures. He visited countries like Germany and the United States. It was in 2006 that the Kazakhstan native moved to Stuttgart, Germany, then to California in the United States in 2014.
Apart from being a fierce fighter, GGG is also a loving husband and father. He currently resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife Alina Golovkin and son named Vadim. Gennady named his son after his older brother, Vadim, who died in 1994 while serving the Russian government in Siberia.
He brought his family to Santa Monica because that’s where his training camp, team, and other promotions are. In his spare time, Golovkin enjoys playing games with his son and spending time with his family. In addition to his native language, he can also speak three other languages, including German, Russian and English. His favorite food is beef.
Height, Weight and Body Measurements
Boxing star Gennady Golovkin fondly called GGG has a masculine outlook with a well-trained body. He is very tall at 5 feet 10 and a half inches tall. His body measurements (at chest, waist and biceps) are between 43 and 34-17 inches and he weighs 72 kg.