Kazakhstan's monstrously popular Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26) has unfortunately had to pull out of his scheduled bout on April 26th due to the recent passing of his father.
Golovkin, who had been scheduled to fight Andy Lee will instead be staying in his native Kazakhstan to mourn.
Whilst this is understandably disappointing for fans it's hard to really complain. The death of Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin on February 18th from a heart attack had been unexpected and will likely be a major emotional hit to the fighter.
In Kazakhstan the usual mourning period is 40 days though we expect Golovkin will be spending more time out of the ring as he tried to get the families affairs in order. The death of his father has left him as the patriarch of the family and he will be expected to carry out various duties in the role.
From what we understand the future return of Golovkin has not yet been decided though there is talk about a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr sometime in the summer.
We here all wish Golovkin and his family the best in this time of mourning and we know the boxing community will be offering support where it can.
(Picture courtesy of boxrec.com)
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