Gennady Golovkin won't really get to see his son grow up this year. He's spending most of his life in a high-altitude gym in California, a continent away from his young family in Stuttgart, Germany.
The WBA middleweight champion aims to fight five times in 2013, which turns his life into a cycle of monotonous training punctuated by electric ring performances. His slight breaks from the grind are measured in days, not months - and it's hardly enough time for a personal life, let alone parenthood.
''The only negative is he doesn't see his son as much as he would like,'' said Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez. ''We're trying to work something out so he can see him more, but it's tough. He knows what he's trying to accomplish, and it takes sacrifice.''
Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) thinks his heavy schedule will be worth all the work if he keeps moving forward in his quest to join the world's best pound-for-pound fighters - and at 31, he knows every passing month is precious to his goal.