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Fearsome of them all: Tyson reviews fighters from post Soviet counties

08 may 2015, 22:27
Mike Tyson. Photo © REUTERS
Mike Tyson. Photo © REUTERS

The former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reviewed promising professional boxers from Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia in his Maxim op-ed, Tengrinews reports.

Tyson called fighters from the former Soviet Union “ruthless, vicious fighters”. Iron Mike named Maxim Kovalev (Russia), Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan), Vassiliy Lomachenko (Ukraine) Ruslan Provodnikov (Russia) and Evgeny Gradovich (Russia) as “some of the best boxers in the world right now”.

“(Take) Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion from Kazakhstan. What he has is the terror of the unknown: that psychological intimidation factor, that mystique. We really don’t know enough about him yet. But even though he is kind of untested, he has already become an almost legendary figure. I think Kovalev and Golovkin will both be stars once they start fighting more top-notch guys,” Tyson wrote.

Gennady Golovkin and Mike Tyson. Photo courtesy of Gennady Golovkin

Golovkin repeated Tyson’s KO streak with 19 consecutive knockouts after defeating Martin Murray in Monte Carlo on February 21.
The undefeated Triple G from Kazakhstan boasts the highest KO ratio in the middleweight history – 90.63%.

On May 16, Golovkin faces American southpaw Willie Monroe Jr in Los Angeles. Kazakhstan TV channel will broadcast the Golovkin-Monroe fight live.

By Gyuzel Kamalova


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