The super-fight between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook is less than a week away.
The unbeaten duo meet on Saturday at London’s O2 Arena where Kazakhstan’s knockout artist – defending his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight titles and looking to extend his 22-bout stoppage streak – makes his eagerly-awaited UK debut.
Boxing Truth looks at what some of GGG’s previous opponents have said about stepping into the squared circle with one of the sport’s most-feared pugilists.
April 23, 2016, California
Lasted – two rounds
He says: “His power is real. I tried to get comfortable but once he hits you it makes it very hard to get comfortable.
“I could have done maybe one or two things differently but he’s a great champion and he’s got everything you need to be a great champion.”
October 17, 2015, New York
Lasted – eight rounds
He told EsNewsReporting.com: “Golovkin definitely has power, he’s definitely a strong fighter.
“I think I’m the hardest puncher there is but he’s definitely a guy who’s very precise, very accurate, absolutely. That’s what makes him so strong – precision and surprises.”
WILLIE MONROE JR
May 16, 2015, California
Lasted – six rounds
He says: “He has great power and great accuracy – that’s what makes him great.
“I don’t think he’s over-rated. He was easy to hit but he takes a good shot.
“My speed gave him some problems. When I was slipping and dodging, he was missing some big shots and I was making him pay.”
February 21, 2015, Monte Carlo
Lasted – eleven rounds
He explained to Ringside TV: “He did hit the hardest I’ve ever been in the ring with.
“I mentally prepared myself for so much more so when it first started I thought, ‘Is this it? I can cope with this’.
“Sooner or later, he cuts the ring off – it’s these little steps, everywhere you go. You feel every little shot. He’s there in the right place, hitting you with the right shot
“The thing that got me was his variety – I didn’t know where the shots where coming from.”
July 26, 2014, New York
Lasted – three rounds
He told Boxing News: “I’m not ashamed to say I lost to Golovkin.
“He’s one of the best fighters in boxing and certainly the biggest puncher in the sport. I did my best to come out strong but he was the better man.”
June 29, 2013, Connecticut
Lasted – three rounds
In an iFL TV interview, he said: “He didn’t let me get going. He caught me with a great shot, broke my ribs.
“It was definitely I’ve ever been hit to the body. With head shots, he didn’t catch me with anything massive that hurt me.
“You could feel with his jabs he’s very heavy handed. He’s very economical and didn’t waste anything. His footwork was excellent.
“It was a fairly big ring but it felt like a phone box.”
January 19, 2013, New York
Lasted – seven rounds
Speaking to Knockout Digest, he said: “I do believe that his gloves are different than any other fighter that I’ve fought before.
“We both fought with Grants, but for whatever reason his Grants were missing a little more cushion on the knuckles. And we had a problem with that, and they [the New York State Athletic Commission] said that the gloves were approved.
“When he hit me in the first round I just felt straight, solid wraps. It wasn’t like it was just the impact of the glove.
“It felt like a little bat hitting the top of my head.
“I’ve never got cut in a fight, only by a head-butt. I got cut twice, the same eye in the second round.
“Macklin got cut early in their fight as well. It’s just kind of suspect about them gloves.”