NEW YORK, June 8, 2019 – The Big Drama Show is back!
In his much-anticipated DAZN debut, live from the Mecca of Boxing and in front of an electric crowd of 12,357 fans, pound-for-pound Kazakh superstar Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) once again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with as he returned to the ring and knocked out undefeated Toronto native Steve Rolls (19-1, 10 KOs) with a devastating left hook to the chin in Round 4 on Saturday night.
This victory paves the way for what fans – and GGG himself – hope to be an epic trilogy showdown against middleweight king Canelo Alvarez in September.
Earlier in the evening, Ali Akhmedov (15-0, 11 KOs), of Almaty, Kazakhstan, kept his undefeated streak alive with a dominant performance that ended in a TKO in Round 3 against New Orleans native Marcus McDaniel (15-1, 2 KOs) – making Akhmedov the new WBC International Super Middleweight Champion. And, unbeaten rising star Brian Ceballo (9-0, 4 KOs) of Brooklyn battled Bahktiyar Eyubov (14-1-1, 12 KOs), originally from Kazakhstan, now fighting out of Houston, in an 8-round slugfest that ultimately earned Ceballo a well-earned victory by unanimous decision.
Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin
Did he want to win by KO? “Thank you to my opponent Steve Rolls – he looks good, he looks strong. Ya of course, it’s my style. I wanted it. I tried just a couple first rounds, then I told Banks, I see, I see, and that’s it. Right now I feel completely different because I came back to my knockout. I love knockouts and I love new York. It was a great night all around.”
“I feel great. I feel like a new baby.”
“Of course I gave him close distance because he must work too. Because if there’s too much distance, it’s impossible, it’s too hard for me.”
Who does he want next? “Everybody knows. The fans know who they want me to fight next. I’m ready for September, I’m ready for Canelo. Just bring him, just ask him, I’m ready. If you want big drama show, please tell him. I’m ready to bring back the big drama show.”
Does he think the fight will happen? “I believe, because this is boxing. This is boxing business. Why not? The next fight will be amazing for us.”
Beat Canelo or get the belts back – which is more important? “I feel right now like the people’s champ. It doesn’t matter for me. I want to beat him but it doesn’t matter, I’m the people’s champion.”
Does he want the fight to be in NYC? “I want, I want guys!”
Johnathon Banks – Trainer to Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin
“It’s always good to get the knockout. I like what I saw in the ring for the short amount of time we had in camp. We can do better with a full camp. But we’re going in the right direction.”