It’s been a bumpy ride for Gennady Golovkin, but the unlikely and winding road from Kazakhstan ends in Las Vegas on Saturday night when he meets Canelo Alvarez for the unified middleweight championship.

LAS VEGAS — The journey that brought Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin from Karagandy, Kazakhstan, to Saturday night’s middleweight unification championship bout with Canelo Alvarez is a road map studded with inner-city poverty, heartbreaking family tragedy and a frantic search for an identity that always seemed to be just a single broken promise away.

The Yellow Brick Road, it was not.

“Triple G” was born when Kazakhstan was part of the old Soviet union. His father was a coal miner, his mother was a lab assistant, and the country was on edge because the native population and the immigrant Russians were stretched by a frenetic nationalism vs. regionalism debate.

And when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in an ill-fated venture with an army heavily larded with conscripts, the two oldest of the four Golovkin brothers were drafted into the army of a country that soon wouldn’t be theirs. The family received no word from them. Four years later, before Kazakhstan seceded from the Soviet Union, separate phone calls informed them that both men were dead, with no explantion of where or how. They were no details.

The whole family still feels that pain. Time did not heal those wounds and they will not discuss their loss publicly even today.

Meanwhile, the twins, Max and Gennady learned to fight and learned well. Three times, they advanced to the country’s national finals, and three times they took turns in withdrawing so they would not fight each other. Max quit boxing, moved back home to help his aging parents. Gennady, older by 15 minutes, shouldered the financial burden. He would be the fighter — and what a fighter.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports

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