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March 09,2017

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT


 
BERNIE BAHRMASEL: Good afternoon and Good Morning to the international media and thanks very much for joining us on this Media Conference Call promoting the highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “The Miracle Man” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) set for Saturday, March 18 from THE Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
 
The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET, 6pm PT. Tickets for the live event which are moving fast, may be purchased online through Ticketmaster and TheGarden.com
 
Since bursting onto the boxing scene in America in September 2012 on HBO, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has become the most talked about and most exciting international boxing superstar in the sport.
 
In addition to his world titles and distinction as the Unified Middleweight World Champion, Gennady is also known as the sports’ ‘Peoples Champion’. In his last three fights, Gennady has sold over 55,000 tickets, drawing packed houses to three of boxing’s most iconic venues, The O2 Arena in London, England, The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, California and The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden where he will fight for the fifth time on Saturday, March 18th.
 
With a record of 36-0 with 33 knockouts, Gennady has stopped his last 23 opponents inside the distance over a period of 9.5 years.
 
Joining Gennady on the call today is his longtime trainer, the 2015 & 2016 Yahoo Sports Boxing Trainer of the Year, Abel Sanchez—both are joining us from Big Bear Lake, California.

Also joining us on the call is the architect of Gennady’s meteoric international rise in becoming one of boxing’s most marketable fighters, Tom Loeffler, the Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
 
A couple programming notes before we get started;

“24/7 Golovkin/Jacobs” is available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO®, HBO NOW® and on HBO Boxing’s YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/HBOBoxing

 “2 Days: Chocolatito Gonzalez premieres Saturday, March 11 at approximately 1:00 a.m. (ET/PT) or immediately following the Live HBO BOXING AFTER DARK card on HBO.

TOM LOEFFLER:  We are really excited now as we head into the home stretch.  Fight week is next week and all of the fighters are flying in over the weekend.  The main event press conference will be Monday with Gennady, Danny and Michael Buffer ringing the bell that morning for the New York Stock Exchange.  We are really excited about Golovkin vs. Danny Jacobs at Madison Square Garden – there was a tremendous response from the HBO 24/7 piece that aired last Saturday. Everyone is excited and anticipating the two best middleweights in the world along with the tremendous undercard we have headlined by ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras vs. David Carmona along with Ryan Martin vs. ‘Pee Wee’ Cruz.  It’s going to be a full action packed show.  Andy Lee is coming back to MSG on the undercard – he is a favorite with the Irish and New York City boxing fans.
 
ABEL SANCHEZ:  Camp has been going great and I would like to thank all of the people for coming to the fight.  We are looking to start the year off great with Gennady and hopefully fight three or four times in the year.  We have had very good sparring – with David Benavidez and John Jackson.  We have had no issues and hopefully everything goes good and we have a great fight on the March 18th.
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  I feel great and training camp has been great.  I’m ready for March 18th to fight Danny Jacobs, he’s my biggest test.
 
I’ve watched the video of Gennady hitting the pad you were holding.  Can you describe the power of Gennady?
 
ABEL SANCHEZ:  In forty years I have never had a fighter that hits as hard as Gennady but I am fortunate that he doesn’t hit me as hard as he can and as hard as he has hit someone in a fight.  I have seen him hit someone 100% with protection on but I have never seen him hit someone 100% in a fight.  He hits very hard and I feel it at night when I go to bed.  My shoulder hurts but that is part of the job.  On that particular video that you saw – it was taken in Santa Monica and I just had him hit the round pad and it was just a couple of rounds.  It does hurt and I feel for the guys that catch it in the ring with small gloves and wraps - but that’s part of his business.  It is fortunate that I have a guy that fights with dramatic endings and fights dramatic rounds and I am glad to be part of it.
 
You have a streak of 23 consecutive knockouts…at what point in your career did you realize that you have incredible power compared to the other guys in the ring?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  Of course I feel that I have power and it is very important to me and I can feel the power in my punches.  I get that from hard work and practice.
 
Do you feel you have better punching power than all of your opponents?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  Yes, sometimes but it is not just power.  It has a lot to do with timing and distance.  It is not all in the punch.
 
Danny has him own streak going – he has 12 in a row.  Do you feel a knockout is inevitable?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I don’t know, this is boxing.  He is a very good fighter and maybe has a little bit more power than me. He has big power and he is a very good boxer.
 
How happy are you to have an opponent that has a chance of beating you?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  I am happy because I work hard every day for the last two months to three months.  Right now is my last week and next week is the fight.  Of course – this is my first fight of the year and he is a tough guy and a great fighter and I am very excited for this fight and this year.
 
ABEL SANCHEZ: I think that all of these fighters like Kovalev and Andre and Gennady – they need a challenge.  Not just a physical challenge but also a mental challenge and he presents that for us.  He is the first guy in a while since maybe Lemieux and Stevens that got Gennady fired up. Not that he trains any harder because he trains hard for all of his fights, but mentally motivated to have a guy across from you that is going to be a great challenge that could outbox him and we’ll see what happens.  He has good power, so does Gennady, and we’ll see who can impose their will on the other guy.  That’s what makes these fighters fight at their best and the kinds of fights that people will remember for years.
 
What is your opinion of the strength of Daniel Jacobs’ chin?
 
ABEL SANCHEZ:  When he fought Pirog and he went down he was probably thinking to himself ‘dammit I got caught’ and he was being held down.  I didn’t think he was not able to continue.  Every fighter in history, except for Gennady so far, every great fighter has gone down and gotten back up, gone down and gotten back up to fight.  Now when he fought Quillin, he did to Quillin what people thought Quillin would do to us, it was very impressive.  That’s not our plan – his chin or weakness is not what we are concerned with.  We are concerned with his punching power and his ability to move and his ability to box.  I don’t think that should be an issue for him.
 
Where do you expect Jacobs to rank among the fighters you have fought to this point?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  He is one of the most dangerous for me.   He is very good in the ring.  He is a good boxer with good technique.  I respect him too, he is a very good man.
 
What lessons did you learn in the Kell Brook fight?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  The Kell Brook fight was a different fight.  I remember the first round and I remember the last round.  It was five rounds and it was a good five rounds and that’s it.
 
When you are asked about Canelo you seem to be more critical him him…
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  Right now I am focused on Daniel.  I don’t know – my promoter, he talks with Golden Boy.  It might be this year it might be next year, but right now my focus is on Daniel Jacobs, he is my next fight.  Of course I would like to fight Canelo but we will talk about that later.
 
There are reports you have a deal in place to fight June 10 in Kazakhstan against Billy Joe Saunders if he wins…
 
TOM LOEFFLER:  There is no deal in place and everyone is focused on the Danny Jacobs fight on the 18th. However, it is my job, because it has been so difficult to get fights for Gennady to look forward and it has always been his goal to unify all the titles. If there is a possibility for Saunders in the future and he’s ready, we would want the fight, but right now were focused on March 18th.  If everything goes right on the 18th for Gennady then we will see what the next highest profile fight will be and that is the one title (WBO) that has eluded him so far.
 
Is the plan to fight Saunders?
 
TOM LOEFFLER:  As I said the plan is, if Gennady is successful on March 18, to fight the highest profile fight.  We will see who is willing to get in the ring with him.  A lot of people talk about fighting Gennady but very few people actually sign the contract.  We know everything that happened last year with Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders with Chris Eubank and finally, Kell Brook was the one to step up and take the fight.  We have a lot of respect for Kell Brook and we have a lot of respect for Danny Jacobs – he actually signed the contract to get in the ring and he was a mandatory challenger; Gennady also fulfills all of his mandatory obligations. This is the highest profile fight and the most dangerous fight Gennady has had.   There is no way anyone could look past this fight but I am certainly in discussions with many different promoters to see who would actually be available and willing to fight him if he is victorious in March.
 
Is there anything new with Golden Boy regarding Canelo?
 
TOM LOEFFLER:  Same situation – we are having discussions but there are two big ifs’ there.  Gennady has got to win March 18 and Canelo has got to win May 6 and if those two things don’t happen there is no fight.  If Golden Boy is ready and if Canelo is ready to make the deal then we would be open to it but it is my job to look forward.  If Gennady is not successful next week then it doesn’t matter what plans I make or Abel or the Hermann brothers make – that all goes out the window.  We have a lot of respect for Jacobs and he is the biggest challenge for Gennady.  He has great hand speed and he is physically bigger than Gennady and will present a tremendous match-up.
 
Have you game-planned for Jacobs’ size?
 


 
BERNIE BAHRMASEL: Good afternoon and Good Morning to the international media and thanks very much for joining us on this Media Conference Call promoting the highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “The Miracle Man” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) set for Saturday, March 18 from THE Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
 
The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET, 6pm PT. Tickets for the live event which are moving fast, may be purchased online through Ticketmaster and TheGarden.com
 
Since bursting onto the boxing scene in America in September 2012 on HBO, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has become the most talked about and most exciting international boxing superstar in the sport.
 
In addition to his world titles and distinction as the Unified Middleweight World Champion, Gennady is also known as the sports’ ‘Peoples Champion’. In his last three fights, Gennady has sold over 55,000 tickets, drawing packed houses to three of boxing’s most iconic venues, The O2 Arena in London, England, The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, California and The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden where he will fight for the fifth time on Saturday, March 18th.
 
With a record of 36-0 with 33 knockouts, Gennady has stopped his last 23 opponents inside the distance over a period of 9.5 years.
 
Joining Gennady on the call today is his longtime trainer, the 2015 & 2016 Yahoo Sports Boxing Trainer of the Year, Abel Sanchez—both are joining us from Big Bear Lake, California.

Also joining us on the call is the architect of Gennady’s meteoric international rise in becoming one of boxing’s most marketable fighters, Tom Loeffler, the Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
 
A couple programming notes before we get started;

“24/7 Golovkin/Jacobs” is available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO®, HBO NOW® and on HBO Boxing’s YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/HBOBoxing

 “2 Days: Chocolatito Gonzalez premieres Saturday, March 11 at approximately 1:00 a.m. (ET/PT) or immediately following the Live HBO BOXING AFTER DARK card on HBO.

TOM LOEFFLER:  We are really excited now as we head into the home stretch.  Fight week is next week and all of the fighters are flying in over the weekend.  The main event press conference will be Monday with Gennady, Danny and Michael Buffer ringing the bell that morning for the New York Stock Exchange.  We are really excited about Golovkin vs. Danny Jacobs at Madison Square Garden – there was a tremendous response from the HBO 24/7 piece that aired last Saturday. Everyone is excited and anticipating the two best middleweights in the world along with the tremendous undercard we have headlined by ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras vs. David Carmona along with Ryan Martin vs. ‘Pee Wee’ Cruz.  It’s going to be a full action packed show.  Andy Lee is coming back to MSG on the undercard – he is a favorite with the Irish and New York City boxing fans.
 
ABEL SANCHEZ:  Camp has been going great and I would like to thank all of the people for coming to the fight.  We are looking to start the year off great with Gennady and hopefully fight three or four times in the year.  We have had very good sparring – with David Benavidez and John Jackson.  We have had no issues and hopefully everything goes good and we have a great fight on the March 18th.
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  I feel great and training camp has been great.  I’m ready for March 18th to fight Danny Jacobs, he’s my biggest test.
 
I’ve watched the video of Gennady hitting the pad you were holding.  Can you describe the power of Gennady?
 
ABEL SANCHEZ:  In forty years I have never had a fighter that hits as hard as Gennady but I am fortunate that he doesn’t hit me as hard as he can and as hard as he has hit someone in a fight.  I have seen him hit someone 100% with protection on but I have never seen him hit someone 100% in a fight.  He hits very hard and I feel it at night when I go to bed.  My shoulder hurts but that is part of the job.  On that particular video that you saw – it was taken in Santa Monica and I just had him hit the round pad and it was just a couple of rounds.  It does hurt and I feel for the guys that catch it in the ring with small gloves and wraps - but that’s part of his business.  It is fortunate that I have a guy that fights with dramatic endings and fights dramatic rounds and I am glad to be part of it.
 
You have a streak of 23 consecutive knockouts…at what point in your career did you realize that you have incredible power compared to the other guys in the ring?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  Of course I feel that I have power and it is very important to me and I can feel the power in my punches.  I get that from hard work and practice.
 
Do you feel you have better punching power than all of your opponents?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  Yes, sometimes but it is not just power.  It has a lot to do with timing and distance.  It is not all in the punch.
 
Danny has him own streak going – he has 12 in a row.  Do you feel a knockout is inevitable?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I don’t know, this is boxing.  He is a very good fighter and maybe has a little bit more power than me. He has big power and he is a very good boxer.
 
How happy are you to have an opponent that has a chance of beating you?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  I am happy because I work hard every day for the last two months to three months.  Right now is my last week and next week is the fight.  Of course – this is my first fight of the year and he is a tough guy and a great fighter and I am very excited for this fight and this year.
 
ABEL SANCHEZ: I think that all of these fighters like Kovalev and Andre and Gennady – they need a challenge.  Not just a physical challenge but also a mental challenge and he presents that for us.  He is the first guy in a while since maybe Lemieux and Stevens that got Gennady fired up. Not that he trains any harder because he trains hard for all of his fights, but mentally motivated to have a guy across from you that is going to be a great challenge that could outbox him and we’ll see what happens.  He has good power, so does Gennady, and we’ll see who can impose their will on the other guy.  That’s what makes these fighters fight at their best and the kinds of fights that people will remember for years.
 
What is your opinion of the strength of Daniel Jacobs’ chin?
 
ABEL SANCHEZ:  When he fought Pirog and he went down he was probably thinking to himself ‘dammit I got caught’ and he was being held down.  I didn’t think he was not able to continue.  Every fighter in history, except for Gennady so far, every great fighter has gone down and gotten back up, gone down and gotten back up to fight.  Now when he fought Quillin, he did to Quillin what people thought Quillin would do to us, it was very impressive.  That’s not our plan – his chin or weakness is not what we are concerned with.  We are concerned with his punching power and his ability to move and his ability to box.  I don’t think that should be an issue for him.
 
Where do you expect Jacobs to rank among the fighters you have fought to this point?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  He is one of the most dangerous for me.   He is very good in the ring.  He is a good boxer with good technique.  I respect him too, he is a very good man.
 
What lessons did you learn in the Kell Brook fight?
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  The Kell Brook fight was a different fight.  I remember the first round and I remember the last round.  It was five rounds and it was a good five rounds and that’s it.
 
When you are asked about Canelo you seem to be more critical him him…
 
GENNADY GOLOVKIN:  Right now I am focused on Daniel.  I don’t know – my promoter, he talks with Golden Boy.  It might be this year it might be next year, but right now my focus is on Daniel Jacobs, he is my next fight.  Of course I would like to fight Canelo but we will talk about that later.
 
There are reports you have a deal in place to fight June 10 in Kazakhstan against Billy Joe Saunders if he wins…
 
TOM LOEFFLER:  There is no deal in place and everyone is focused on the Danny Jacobs fight on the 18th. However, it is my job, because it has been so difficult to get fights for Gennady to look forward and it has always been his goal to unify all the titles. If there is a possibility for Saunders in the future and he’s ready, we would want the fight, but right now were focused on March 18th.  If everything goes right on the 18th for Gennady then we will see what the next highest profile fight will be and that is the one title (WBO) that has eluded him so far.
 
Is the plan to fight Saunders?
 
TOM LOEFFLER:  As I said the plan is, if Gennady is successful on March 18, to fight the highest profile fight.  We will see who is willing to get in the ring with him.  A lot of people talk about fighting Gennady but very few people actually sign the contract.  We know everything that happened last year with Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders with Chris Eubank and finally, Kell Brook was the one to step up and take the fight.  We have a lot of respect for Kell Brook and we have a lot of respect for Danny Jacobs – he actually signed the contract to get in the ring and he was a mandatory challenger; Gennady also fulfills all of his mandatory obligations. This is the highest profile fight and the most dangerous fight Gennady has had.   There is no way anyone could look past this fight but I am certainly in discussions with many different promoters to see who would actually be available and willing to fight him if he is victorious in March.
 
Is there anything new with Golden Boy regarding Canelo?
 
TOM LOEFFLER:  Same situation – we are having discussions but there are two big ifs’ there.  Gennady has got to win March 18 and Canelo has got to win May 6 and if those two things don’t happen there is no fight.  If Golden Boy is ready and if Canelo is ready to make the deal then we would be open to it but it is my job to look forward.  If Gennady is not successful next week then it doesn’t matter what plans I make or Abel or the Hermann brothers make – that all goes out the window.  We have a lot of respect for Jacobs and he is the biggest challenge for Gennady.  He has great hand speed and he is physically bigger than Gennady and will present a tremendous match-up.
 
Have you game-planned for Jacobs’ size?