Speaking as a trainer, there is no denying that some fighters have been blessed with physical gifts. Punching power is a prime example. While everyone has the ability to improve, certain fighters are natural punchers. For instance, Julian Jackson is one of the most natural punchers I’ve ever seen. He had the type of power that can’t be taught. He was born with it. On a similar note, I’ve seen kids walk into the gym on their first day who smash the mitts and bag with heavy thuds. They’ve never been taught anything, but are naturally heavy handed.
Similar to punching power, the ability to take a punch is also somewhat inherent. Certain fighters are blessed with granite chins. They can take huge punches and never seem to get hurt. One present fighter who is often described as such is middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin had 350 amateur fights and is currently 36-0 as a professional. He’s never once been knocked down throughout his career. As a result, it’s safe to say that Gennady can take a punch.
Gennady Golovkin doesn’t take his chin for granted though. Instead, he is a consummate professional who leaves no stone unturned. As evident below, he trains his neck diligently to ensure that there are no weak links in his armor.