Former World Amateur champion and Olympic Silver Medallist Gennady Golovkin scored his 17th consecutive knockout last night, by stunning the Australian former two-time world champion Daniel Geale and once again proved himself as a formidable foe for anybody anywhere at 160-pounds.
Geale (now 30-3, 16KO's) tried to frustrate the popular champion by employing slippery movement and firing quick combinations. But 'Triple G' glided effortlessly around the ring, cutting off Geale at every junction, before unleashing crushing blows.
Geale found himself on all fours in the second round, courtesy of a cuffing shot to the top of the head, but he didn't appear to be badly hurt.
Just too strong
Towards the end of the second period, the fidgety challenger had success with flashy punches and his cornermen expressed their pleasure with his work.
Nevertheless, Golovkin was never fazed or concerned by the tactics of his experienced opponent and he ended proceedings in the third round with a smashing right hand to the jaw after shipping a heavy blow himself.
Geale hit the deck heavily, before making it to his feet and admitting defeat to referee Mike Ortega.
Jennings edges Perez
Cuban heavyweight, Mike Perez, gifted a split decision victory to American Bryant Jennings when he ran out of steam in their WBC eliminator on the undercard of a bumper Madison Square Garden bill.
The bout itself was highly anticipated as a contest between two of the finest up and coming big men in the world.
Perez started the battle well by making the taller Jennings miss and countering with right hooks and straight lefts from his southpaw stance.
Perez continued his dominance throughout the first half of the contest by out-boxing and out-manning the undefeated Philadelphian.
The tide turns
From the seventh round onwards, however, Perez wasn't the same man and Jennings took control of the action. A high work rate and desire to win forced Jennings forward and he set a pace that seemingly made Perez uncomfortable.
A point deduction in the twelfth and final round sealed the fights fate and tilted the cards in the favour of Jennings.
Judges Glenn Feldman and Joseph Pasquale awarded the bout to Jennings with scores of 114-113 and 115-112 respectively, whilst Tom Schreck gave Perez the nod with a score of 113-114.
Also on the bill, perennial cruiserweight contender, Ola Afolabi, battered the brave Anthony Caputo Smith and claimed a comfortable third round stoppage victory.
And Dusty Hernandez Harrison continued his professional apprenticeship by outpointing Wilfredo Acuna over eight rounds.