Pork belly and truffle grits. #NomNoms (at Don Cesar Bch Rsrt &spa)
Photo courtesy of Krystyna Rodriguez for The Purple Corner
by Sarah Deming
New York is in a GGG state of mind. Hours after the final presser for Gennady Golovkin’s Saturday night fight at Madison Square Garden, those still in a boxing mood gathered at BB Kings for a Dibella card with the highest kayo percentage in recent memory.
GGG himself rolled in for the main event. If the week’s shilling had tired him – signing caps for Kazakhs on Brighton Beach, skipping rope at Mendez, taking a turn in Broadway’s Rocky – he did not show it. He looked young and fresh in his tracksuit, the best student in the class, his arm draped across the shoulder of trainer Abel Sanchez and his face fixed in the earnest smile that is almost as famous as his ferocity.
The undefeated heavyweight in the ring, “Prince” Charles Martin, 18-0-1 (16 KOs) had trained alongside GGG at Big Bear and was defending his NABO belt against Kerston Manswell of Tobago, 24-9 (18 KOs). A tall southpaw trained by the legendary Henry Tillman, Martin fought off the back foot with great reticence and looked so green I was surprised to hear his people were eying the winner of Jennings-Perez on the GGG undercard.
This was. Great night for #boxing and iPPV streams. Gonzalez vs Valez rematch was the high point of the evening for me personally- great ring generalship by Gonzalez. Worth every Penny.