Unbeaten middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin is training in Big Bear for his June 29 HBO main event against Matthew Macklin, a fight that is expected to be a test to find out just how good Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO) is -- or if perhaps he's been overhyped against marginal opposition.
"Training has been going very well, we have a very good atmosphere up in Big Bear," Golovkin said from camp. "This is where I have trained for my last seven fights and I am very comfortable here. I have been getting great sparring, training with WBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov.
"Every morning I wake up at 6:30 and do my morning run, which is anywhere between 4-5 miles. We go to the gym in the afternoon and, depending on the day, I will either spar or work on strategy with Abel. Every night, we all have dinner together as a team and then we spend the latter part of the evening socializing, relaxing and watching movies."
The 31-year-old WBA titleholder is 2-0 in 2013, with a pair of dominant wins over Gabriel Rosado and Nobuhiro Ishida. Unlike those two, however, Macklin is a natural middleweight. Still, Golovkin is highly confident that he'll be able to keep his impressive run rolling along.
"We respect Macklin, but I don't believe that the strengths that he has shown in the past against previous opponents will have any effect on me. I expect him to be a complete different fighter with a completely different game plan against me. Whatever he brings though, we will be more than ready to come away successful, and as always I plan on putting on a very strong, and entertaining performance on June 29th."