To become a star, it doesn’t matter where you come from, what counts is how you can fight your way to fame. This is the case of the Kazakhstan-born boxer Gennady Golovkin, who has written his name in the annals of boxing. Gennady started as an amateur boxer and fought his way to the top with his unbeatable skills and unique boxing style.
He is an all-rounder when it comes to middleweight championships. Golovkin successfully defended the IBO title in middleweight thirteen times, making him the third all-rounder after Bernard Hopkins and Carlos Monzon with 19 and 14 wins respectively.
In the following, we will learn more about Golovkin’s early life, his career, his family, his brother, and his body measurements.
Gennady Golovkin’s Early Life, Family, and Parents
The great boxing champion was born as Gennady Gennadijewitsch Golowkin (GGG) in the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan. Gennady’s parents were both Russian and Korean, so he has a mixed ethnic background. His father was a Russian coal miner, while his mother is Korean and worked as a laboratory assistant. He has two older brothers named Sergey and Vadim and a twin brother named Max. Gennady started boxing at the age of eight.
His older brothers first took him and his twin brother to the boxing gym and encouraged them to fight to protect themselves. Later Sergey and Vadim joined the Soviet Army and died while on duty. Vadim’s death was reported in 1990, while Sergey was reported in 1994. However, questions about her death were not disclosed by either the government or her family, they were both buried with empty coffins.
Amateur and Professional Career
Golovkin began his boxing training in a gym in Maikuduk, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and his first coach was Victor Dmitriev. He trained intensively and began his amateur career in 2000, winning a scholarship from the Olympic Solidarity Program in 2002, and in 2003 he participated in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok and became a gold medalist. The following year he also participated in the Asian Amateur Championships and won the gold medal. The matches took place in Puerto Princesa in the Philippines. He was a member of the Kazakh Olympic team that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, where the skillful boxer defeated the US American Andre Dirrell to qualify for the final and was beaten by the Russian Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov, who left him in second place with a silver medal.
Gennady Golovkin ended his amateur career in 2005. He later signed a professional contract with a German company called UBP (Universum Box-Promotion) and made his professional debut in May 2006. He made significant progress and won the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship in Germany after beating Brazilian boxer, John Anderson Carvalho. However, in 2010, Golovkin was forced to break off his relationship with UBP and terminate his contract with UBP due to unresolved financial and contractual problems he had with UBP.
After a while, an interim title fight with Milton Nunez, who was number one in the world at the time, ensued. Gennady defeated Milton and became a world champion. He was promoted to (regular) WBA champion, whereupon the determined boxer moved his career to the United States.
GGG made his debut in the United States in 2011 after fighting US professional boxer Lajuan Simon in New York City. He registered with K2 Promotions and also received training from Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California. Gennady won the middleweight IBO title in 2013 after beating Curtis Stevens. He successfully defended the IBO title thirteen times, making him the third all-rounder after Bernard Hopkins and Carlos Monzon, who have 19 and 14 wins respectively.
The Kazakh star, usually called God of War, has been outstanding throughout his career with thirty-seven wins from thirty-eight fights and one draw. He fought against champions and super champions such as Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs, Kell Brook, Dominic Wade, David Lemieux, Willie Monroe Jr., Martin Murray, and Rubio, to name but a few.
Gennady’s Twin Brother – Maxim Golovkin
Gennady’s twin brother Maxim Golovkin has always been a great supporter of Gennady and always stood by him in the boxing ring. Gennady and his brother Max started boxing when they were eight years old after their older brother Vadim took them to the boxing hall. After the sudden death of their older brothers Vadim and Sergey, the twins experienced a harder life than before.
On their eighteenth birthday, their family could not afford to sponsor the twins in their boxing career. So Max retired for his brother Gennady, who is a better boxer of the two, to continue his boxing career.
Golovkin also revealed in an interview that he fights for his family, his brother Max and his father, who was his biggest fan during his lifetime.
His Personal Life, Wife, and Kids
When we talk about his private life, boxing has led the great champion Gennady Golovkin to many places in search of greener pastures. He has been to nations like Germany and the USA. It was in 2006 when the native Kazakh moved to Stuttgart in Germany and later, in 2014, moved to California in the United States.
GGG is not only a fierce fighter but also a loving husband and father. He currently lives with his wife Alina Golovkin and son Vadim in Santa Monica, California. Gennady named his son in loving memory of his older brother Vadim, who lost his life in 1994 while serving the Russian government in Siberia.
He brought his family to Santa Monica because that is where his training camp, team, and other promotions are located. In his spare time, Golovkin enjoys playing with his son and spending time with his family. In addition to his mother tongue, he speaks three other languages, including German, Russian, and English. His favorite food is beef.
Gennady Golovkin Net Worth
The Khazak-born kickboxer has been successful throughout his career, winning a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in silver; he also won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games, as well as the 2003 World Championships and the 2004 Asian Boxing Championships. He has made a fortune with his boxing career and currently leads a life of luxury.
Gennady Golovkin has a substantial net worth of $6 million. He earned the wealth from his boxing matches and sponsorship contracts, including sponsorship contracts with major brands such as Apple Watch Ad, Custom Hublot Watch, and Air Jordan Gear. Due to his outstanding achievements, he was named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine in 2013 and has won several World Championship titles.
Gennady Golovkin Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The boxing star Gennady Golovkin, affectionately known as GGG, has a masculine appearance with a well-trained body. He is very tall, standing at 5 feet 10 and a half inches. His body measurements (chest, waist, and biceps) are 43-34-17 inches and he weighs 72 kg (158.7 lbs).