By Xavier Porter | April 26, 2019
One of the biggest names in the sport of boxing is making his return to ring on June 8, 2019. His name is Gennady Golovkin aka “GGG”.
Golovkin, the former WBA, IBF, WBC, IBO Middleweight Champion returns to face “The Fist of the North Star” Toronto, Canada’s Undefeated Steve Rolls.
Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs), who in last fight, defeated KeAndrae Leatherwood for the vacant USBA Middleweight title.
In facing Golovkin, Rolls admittedly, understands that this is the biggest fight in his professional career.
“I feel blessed. I’m excited. This is the biggest opportunity in my life,” Rolls said.
“I’ve been waiting for something like this. When I received the call that I would be facing Golovkin, I was driving. I pulled over into the parking lot in disbelief. I had to process what was getting ready to happen in my career, to my life.”
“I didn’t’ think that I’d be fighting GGG in my career. I’ve been trying to get fights against guys ranked in the top twenty, ranked between five and ten for years. I’ve been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for my opportunity. My team has been working hard to put things together for me. But definitely I was not expecting to get the call that I’d be fighting GGG.”
Golovkin, the powerhouse and previously thought to be “indestructible middleweight” carries a record of (38-1-1, 34 KOs).
Golovkin’s reign and dominance throughout the years in the middleweight division is well documented. Golovkin has defeated current IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs and he’s faced three-division world champion and current WBC, WBA, RING Middleweight World Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Golovkin scored a split-decision draw in his first battle against Alvarez. In their second fight, Alvarez secured the victory, winning a majority decision.
Both Alvarez and Jacobs are facing each other on May 4 for the Undisputed Middleweight Championship, live on DAZN.
Rolls, who works hard each and every day, has been boxing since the age of seventeen. He fought for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Men’s Boxing Championship, while representing the 2009 and 2010 Canadian National Boxing Team.
Rolls, ranked number ninety-nine in his division (middleweight/160lb) has been given the opportunity to skip the line and take on one of the most devastating, hardest punchers in boxing’s recent years.
With his fight against Golovkin, taking place on June 8, live on DAZN, at the “Mecca of Sports and Entertainment”, aka Madison Square Garden, Rolls is in prime position to accomplish what may very well be, the biggest upset in boxing’s history since James “Buster” Douglas defeated Mike Tyson on February 11, 1990 (Tokyo, Japan).
“I’ve been through some ups and downs in my career. I finally signed with the right promoter with Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment,” Rolls said.
“I’ve fought twice on ShoBox and some of my fights have been streamed, but nothing that is giving me the recognition as fighting Golovkin.”
“I have nothing but respect for Golovkin for what he’s done in boxing, in his career, and for the sport. I know this is going to be a hard fight, a grueling fight for me. It’s going to be tough to get the victory but I’m willing to do it and I know that I have to take care of business on June 8.”
As it relates to the timing and training for such huge career fight, Rolls stated:
“This fight makes sense for me and my career.”
“I wish I had eight to ten weeks’ notice to train (full training camp), but when opportunities present itself, you have to be ready to capitalize and jump on it.”
“This fight is coming up quick. The good thing is that I’m always in the gym. I stay in shape, ready for all opportunities. I’ll begin sparring next week. I am going to spar as much as possible.”
In fighting Golovkin, Rolls will be taking part in a “life-changing fight” per say. If this fight was/is compared to the board game “Monopoly”, Rolls has surely passed “GO” several times around the board.
The question now lies as to where he will land, or should I say, which property that he plans to invest in.
“I have to be honest. At one point in my career, I didn’t know when I’d receive my big break, my career opportunity. I didn’t know if or when I’d get an opportunity to fight guys like Golovkin and other top fighters in my division.”
In discussing his style of boxing, Rolls shared that he’s an all-round fighter.
“I can box inside and outside. I can sit in the pocket if I need to or I can box from the outside. I’m a well-rounded boxer. I can do everything and that’s something that I’m going to have to do when I fight Golovkin.”
In preparing for the biggest fight in his professional boxing career, Rolls explained:
“I have a few game plans that I am going to execute. I have the ability to adapt and adjust to what he brings. I have to box smart.”
“I never go into a fight, looking for a knockout. My focus is strictly on winning my fight. My focus is to always box smart and come out victorious in the end. If I end up getting a knockout during the fight then that’ a bonus.”
Rolls, the native of Toronto (Canada), who is fighting one of the most revered, recognized, boxers in the sport in Golovkin, has been bestowed the opportunity to become a “King of Kings.”
In defeating Golovkin, Rolls will cement his legacy as a Toronto great, alongside the greats of his city, which includes music Icons Drake and The Weeknd.
“Now that this is happening, a lot of people are recognizing and giving support. It’s greatly appreciated.”
“The boxing scene in Canada is widespread. My family is happy and proud of me. A lot of fighters from within Canada feel the same. I’m thankful for all the support that is being given. A lot of people know how hard I’ve worked for this.”
Lastly, Rolls shared:
“It doesn’t get any bigger than this. This is a dream. This is what fighters work hard for, to get to this point in their career.”
“For me to get this opportunity, it’s a satisfying feeling. It makes me look at all the work that I’ve put in. It’s a rewarding feeling.”
“At the end of the day I have to focus on the task at hand. I have to perform well and win this fight.”
Rolls is a fighter, a respectable man, and a professional. On June 8, he will display all of his attributes, talents, and skills in hopes of defeating a former world champion, who in his own right is fighting to return to the top of his division.
About Golovkin vs Rolls
On Saturday, June 8, live on DAZN, at Madison Square Garden, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, brings his Big Drama Show back to the “Mecca of Boxing” to face undefeated Top-10 contender and Kronk Gym alumnus Steve Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs), from Toronto, Canada, in a battle, scheduled for 12 rounds, at a maximum weight of 164 lbs.
Promoted by GGG Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment, tickets to The Big Apple battle between Golovkin and Rolls are on sale now. Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, not including fees, tickets may be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.
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