Angel Garcia, the father and trainer of former light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia, doesn’t understand the hype behind WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Speaking to Tha Boxing Voice’s Nestor Gibbs, Garcia says the Kazakh is unknown to a majority of American boxing fans, with the exception of people at HBO, who he accused of giving him cherries [easy opponents] to make him seem like a killer.
“I don’t know where they get Triple G. Nobody knows him, only people at HBO,” Garcia said. “No American people know him. They try to make him seem like he’s a killer, but he ain’t fought nobody. Danny [Garcia] fought all the killers, and they put cherries on his page. He [Golovkin] really got cherries. They’re trying to build a star when there’s no star there. He’s still not fighting the killers. Cotto should tell him to fight some guys Cotto fought first. Come fight those guys and come fight me when you’re ready.”
While Garcia is correct on one point that Golovkin hasn’t faced the best competition, his comments still come off as hypocritical. His son fought Rod Salka last August, a fighter that wasn’t even rated at 135-pounds. As a result, the WBC and WBA refused to sanction the fight as a title fight, a move that was praised by the boxing world.
Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter at K2 Promotions, had this to say in response.
“Angel should focus on DSG [Danny Swift Garcia] boxing, not GGG’s English after Danny lost to [Mauricio] Herrera, and [Lamont] Peterson.
Loeffler later referred to Danny Garcia as ‘Gift Garcia’ and sarcastically added he should rematch Salka.
Miguel Cotto hasn’t fought any top fighters since his move to the middleweight division. Sergio Martinez was a shot fighter and has since retired, and Daniel Geale was recently stopped by Golovkin before his fight with Cotto.
With Golovkin taking on David Lemieux in October and Cotto taking on Canelo in November – we’ll soon see who’s the best fighter in the middleweight division.