'Golden' Gennady Golovkin owns the most violent pair of fists in boxing.

With 29 early wins in 32 gigs, the all conquering Kazakh boasts the highest stoppage percentage (90.63) in the annals of the 160lb division. It appears the secret to not getting ironed out by 'Triple G' is simply not to step inside a ring with him!

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It's now seven years and 19 fights since an opponent scampered to the shelter of the final bell. The last 14 of those contests were for various versions of the WBA world title yet only industrial tough Brit Martin Murray made it past round ten ....just!

The iron man from St Helens was dumped three times - the only knockdowns of his 32 fight career - before finally taken into protective custody by the referee 50 seconds into round 11.

The 33-year-old has the arsenal to execute his carnage from either wing, upstairs or down but the secret behind the destruction he wreaks lies more with nous than brawn.

His slender 5ft 10??in frame is far from the most imposing in the division - coach Abel Sanchez insists he could still drop to 154lbs for the right 'Money' fight - but it is supplemented by the technique, timing, precision, positioning and judgement of distance of a true pedigree prizefighter.

Between the ropes Golovkin is a cold blooded, Cold War assassin; hardened by an austere upbringing in the mining town of Karaganda, where he lost his two eldest brothers to military 'action'. The emotional scars still run deep.

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Though a perennial grin adorns his boyish face during down time, 'Golden Gennady' brings Tysonesque trepidation into battle with him. With rumours abounding that he dropped formidable unified light-heavy czar Sergey 'Krusher' Kovalev in sparring, and a truly scary You Tube kayo reel, there's really no need for icy stares or vile obscenities here.

As a consequence, all the big fish between 154-168lbs - yes you, Messrs Mayweather, Cotto, Alvarez, Ward and Froch - have been avoiding him as though he had Ebola; satisfied with pursuing greater rewards for significantly less risk.

That might not be the case for much longer. Kazakhstan's most popular ever athlete by some distance, the rest of the world is gradually becoming familiar with Golovkin's name. After eight years based in Stuttgart, he recently relocated his family to Los Angeles and sets up camp in the Big Bear mountains, California. He speaks four languages.

Having shone around the globe in a hugely decorated amateur career, he has already featured in seven different lands as a pro, including both US coasts. Signed to HBO, his fights draw seven figure audiences in the States and are transmitted to over 100 countries worldwide.

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If his English remains nominal, he still oozes quirky charisma; serene, mild of manner, a thoroughly decent family man who repels all trash talk.

When brash Brooklyn opponent Curtis Stevens tweeted a tasteless image of a tombstone with 'GGG' carved on it, Golovkin simply kept his counsel and dispensed eight rounds of vicious retribution between the ropes. Pit bulls don't bark!

Already the most dangerous, most feared operator in the sport, how much longer before 'Battleship Golovkin' is finally acknowledged as the best?

He'd certainly make for a more exciting and more wholesome poster boy than the present pound-for-pound incumbent.