Gennady Golovkin made his United States debut less than 17 months ago and he is already among the most popular fighters with North American fans. His cheerful and mellow disposition outside of the ring and his business-like approach inside it appeal to boxing's traditionally blue-collar fanbase.
But it's Golovkin's stunning knockout power that has made him a truly hot commodity. The 28-0 Golovkin has finished all but three of his professional opponents inside of the distance. His average fight length is just over four rounds.
It would be pure ignorance to maintain he's built this record busting open tomato cans. It's true that he has yet to face a true superstar like Sergio Martinez. But many of the guys he's stopped were guys who don't get knocked out.
A middleweight who can punch like Golovkin is a rare thing indeed.