Boxing: Golovkin vs Ishida fight to be aired by Kazakhstan TV Channel 22 марта 2013, 11:36
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Gennady Golovkin and Nobukhiro Ishida during the weigh-in. Photo courtesy of allboxing.ru
The fight between Gennady Golovkin, 30-y.o. unbeaten professional boxer of Kazakhstan, and 37-y.o. Japanese boxer Nobuhiro Ishida will be held in Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco, on March 30. It will be aired by defended his WBA &IBO Middleweight World Champion titles against American Gabriel Rosado in January.
Gennady Golovkin fought 25 bouts in his professional career winning all of them, 22 of them by knockout.
Nobuhiro Ishida who is best known for knocking out James Kirkland in a middleweight bout in Las Vegas in April 2011 is a WBA interim super welterweight world champion of 2009.
The Japanese boxer fought in 34 professional matches, won 24 of them (9 by knockout), lost 8 and tied 2. In May 2012 he lost to Russian boxer Dmitry Pirog, whom Golovkin have wanted to fight for a long time.
Speaking about the coming fight Golovkin said: “I’d like to thank Ishida. I respect this boxer. I think that we are all looking forward to a great fight. Ishida is a serious rival. He knocked out Kirkland and fought against Williams and Pirog. Look forward to a spectacular fight!"
Unbeaten Golovkin makes his seventh title defence against Ishida, who is considered an underdog against one of the world’s best fighters.
Meanwhile, Ishida’s promoters have told the Kazakhstan boxer not to relax to much before the fight against Ishida. Ishida’s promoter Rodney Berman has issued a stark warning to the WBA and IBO middleweight champion: “Underestimate Nobuhiro Ishida at your peril.”
Berman’s fighters have a remarkable knack of upsetting the odds, none more impressive than Corrie Sanders who stopped heavy favorite Vladimir Klitschko in two rounds for the WBO heavyweight title 10 years ago.
Berman also promoted the heavyweight championship fight when Lennox Lewis was knocked cold by unheralded Hasim Rahman inside five rounds in 2001.
One of Berman’s earliest world championship promotions saw unbeaten Olympic champion Kennedy McKinney derailed by little-known South African Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu for the IBF super-bantamweight title.
“I must admit, it’s a bit freakish, which is why I learned long ago never to underestimate anyone in boxing,” said Berman. “Some of the least likely boxers go on to do great things.”
“Complacency is every boxer’s biggest enemy – let this be a warning to Golovkin. Ishida will do him no favors,” said Berman.