The secret behind Gennady Golovkin’s KO power

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Gennady Golovkin, also known as Triple G, is the current IBF, WBA, WBC, and IBO middleweight boxing champion with an amazing undefeated record of 37-0 with an incredible 33 knockouts. He even holds the highest KO percentage in middleweight championship history which is 89.8%.

So how does Golovkin hit so hard? ESPN Sports Science brought him in to the Sports Science Lab to try to figure it out.

Most people think punching power comes from your shoulder and upper body but it is actually your lower body, particularly your hips, that has the most effect on punching power. When throwing a punch you want to engage your hips and glutes by driving your hip forward into the punch to generate the most power.

The Sport’s Science Lab tested just how fast Golovkin’s hips are rotating when throwing a punch and it is recorded at an incredible 240 degrees/per second.

They even tested the amount of force his right hook generates, which is one of his most powerful punches. It clocks in at an amazing 2159 lbs of force! No wonder he is knocking out just about everybody he fights so easily.

Golovkin last fought against Daniel Jacobs in March and Jacobs was one of the few guys able to withstand Golovkin’s power to make it to a decision. The big fight everybody wants to see Golovkin in next however is against fellow heavy hitter Canelo Alvarez who is currently the lineal champion at middleweight.

Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (Kazakh: Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин; born 8 April 1982) is a Kazakhstani professional boxer who currently holds the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles. As of March 2017, he is ranked as the world’s best middleweight by BoxRec, and second best by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). He is also ranked as the world’s number one boxer, pound for pound, by ESPN; third by The Ring and BoxRec, and sixth by the TBRB. [Source: Wiki]

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