Golovkin takes on Ishida, looks to bigger fights

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has no interest in sitting around and waiting for the rest of the world's best 160-pounders to accept his challenges.

That's why the Kazakh-born resident of Germany who trains in Big Bear, Calif., is in Monte Carlo this week to take on Japan's Nobuhiro Ishida on Saturday in his seventh title defense in less than 212 years.

After building his career gradually through the amateur ranks and in Europe, Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs) is in a hurry -- and he's willing to go around the world to become a pound-for-pound star.

With his reputation growing with every knockout, he's confident he'll soon land bigger opponents than Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KOs), a dangerous journeyman who's unlikely to slow down the rising star.