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Golovkin vs Murray: Gennady Golovkin, Leading the Dance

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Bad Left Hook's technique analyst breaks down the subtle manipulation of rhythm that makes Gennady Golovkin such a dangerous dance partner.

We all know that Gennady Golovkin can put a man away with a single punch, but his method of delivering that payload is a little less appreciated. Faced with wary and cautious opponents--some of them more determined to avoid the knockout than they are to actually win--the man they call Triple-G has learned to work his opponents into compromising positions so that he can sneak his hands punches around and through their guards, or catch them completely unawares.

Golovkin regularly displays fine technique and strategy in doing this, but a large part of his crushing effectiveness is a result of his manipulation of rhythm and timing. That is the subject of today's video, in which we first strive to understand the concept of rhythm, and then look closely at how masterfully Golovkin establishes that rhythm, only to treat it like one of his opponent's faces, and break it.

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For analysis of the audio variety, check out Heavy Hands, the only podcast dedicated to the finer points of face-punching. This week's episode is all about the slick footwork of Gennady Golovkin, and UFC prospect Michael Johnson, who faces action striker Edson Barboza this Sunday.