Goossen On Gurgen Hovhannisyan: “He’s A Top 5 Heavyweight Prospect!”

Joe Goossen Compares Prospect Gurgen Hovhannisyan To Tyson Fury!

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Joe Goossen and Gurgen Hovhannisyan.

Joe Goossen Has High Marks For Gurgen Hovhannisyan

Hall of Fame boxing trainer Joe Goossen believes Gurgen “Big Gug” Hovhannisyan, who headlines “Pit Stop on the Road to Greatness” on January 4, has to be rated among the top five heavyweight prospects in the world.

The “Pit Stop on Road to Greatness” card, presented by Toro Promotions and Whitfield Haydon Boxing, will be streamed on pay per view for $19.99 live from the famed Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.

Big Gug (4-0, 4 KOs)

The 25-year-old Armenia native takes on Colby Madison (11-6-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. The 6’ 7”, 275-pound “Big Gug”, who now lives in Los Angeles hasn’t fought in more than a year, coming off an eye-opening sixth-round stoppage of Michael Polite Coffie (13-2).

“If you rate the top 10 or 15 heavyweight prospects, Gurgen has to be in the top five. Nobody comes into our gym and watches him workout without being amazed. He’s 275 pounds and light on his feet. Only four pro fights, but he is so talented. He’s knowledgeable and it is in his nature to press, but he has two or three styles he can use in any fight.

“And he takes a good punch, too. He has all the ingredients: size, power, mentality, and great work ethic. Gurgen can box a few rounds until he slows down the other guy and he loves to press.”

Joe Goossen – Trainer for Gurgen Hovhannisyan

In terms of style, Goossen physically compares Hovhannisyan to world champion Tyson Fury, noting that Fury boxed to win his first fight against Deontay Wilder, jumping on Wilder in their second to fight to stop him. 

“Gurgen can go all the way and I don’t say that lightly. He manhandled Coffee, who was a rising star until he fought Gurgen. He took a quantum leap he wouldn’t have made against an easier opponent. Coffee weighs 290 pounds with and he’s a former Marine. We took a risk fighting him in Gurgen’s fourth fight, but we believed in him, and he proved us right.

“He is why I love going to work every day, where he is the dominant figure in the gym. Gurgen appreciates what he’s been taught and has total respect for people he associates with, and in general. He’s personal, well mannered, and does whatever he’s asked in the gym. Wise, very observant and he doesn’t miss a trick in or out of the ring, which translates well in the ring.”

Joe Goossen – Trainer for Gurgen Hovhannisyan

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