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Gennady Golovkin.....Just A Puncher? Better Look Again.

While watching the systemic annihilation of Curtis Stevens this past Saturday night I observed something about GennadyGolovkin. This guy is technically and fundamentally solid as a rock. Golovkin is not really kown for this particular art so allow me to explain. At about 42 seconds in the opening round Stevens lunges in with a punch and Golovkin beautifully leans out of the way and pivots. When I saw this I said I thought to myself wow, never noticed GGG moved so well. Another thing I noticed was his jab. In addition to having a hard, punishing jab, I noticed something else about it. The technique. When he throws his jab most of the time he is on the back foot, often time on his toes of his back foot. From an opponents view this "backfooted" jab seems to only be a "point getter". Because he is light-footed on the jab his opponent is less likely to believe it will be followed up with nasty combinations, which is a great trick for him down the road. Also I noticed his defense. Besides being tagged in what I think was the 4th round, GGG really didn’t take punches. Check this out, when his opponent begins to fire away he skips back with his arms extended to prevent a rush very similar to Floyd Mayweather. Don’t’ believe me? Go to about 45 seconds in the first round. Am I saying his defense is on the same level as Floyd? I wouldn’t dare. However, he is very smart in the fact that he knows when and how to get out of danger in addition to covering up very well. Lastly is his balance. In his last 3 fights I have NEVER seen him off balance from a punch, connected or missed. This is a very underrated attribute as many fights have been ended on one punch from an opponent being off balance and in the perfect position for a counter. As I end I would like to say one thing if GGG stays hungry and humble, (which I personally don’t think he will have a problem with) and keeps the fundamentals at the core of his game he WILL be truly unstoppable. Golovkin is truly a student of the game. In addition to his soul crushing punching power, we must also admire his finesse.

Peace Yall.

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