Gennady Golovkin has proven himself to be a truly world-class boxer. The 32-year-old Kazakh fought for the first time at the historic Madison Square Garden on Saturday night and put in a display which should silence any critics.
The middleweight squared off with former world champion Daniel Geale of Australia in what was supposed to be his toughest test to date as a professional.
Many expected the fight to last a good few rounds with Geale's awkward style perhaps causing a few problems. This wasn't to be the case, however, as Geale was unable to avoid the immense power that Golovkin possesses.
Golovkin is so good at closing down the ring and it is often an aspect of his game that many fail to recognise but he did so in this fight to great effect.
As early as the first round Golovkin caused a cut above Geale's eye and put the Australian under real pressure.
The Tasmanian was to face the canvas in the second round following a big right hand and it seemed like only a matter of time before Golovkin finished the job.
The fight was to come to an end in the third round, with Geale on the ropes landing a decent shot of his own before being hit with a massive right hand. Geale hit the floor and referee Mike Ortega called off the fight to save him from further damage.
This was a truly impressive performance from a man who is making a huge name for himself in the middleweight division. He has been a largely avoided fighter due to his talent and ferocious punch power but a big fight is surely in-store now for Golovkin.
Geale is renowned for being a tough opponent who gives anyone a hard night's work, but he was never able to get anything going as Golovkin wouldn't allow him to.
Golovkin is such a skilled fighter and often people forget about his hugely successful amateur career in which he would have developed much of what we say in the ring today.
Golovkin is by no means just a big puncher and that is why he is so dangerous. He is an intelligent boxer who creates opportunities to knock people out and when he gets that opportunity he is absolutely clinical.
Outside of the ring he is a calm and quiet man but when he steps through those ropes he destroys whoever is in his way.
Cotto bout next?
Following the fight, Golovkin called out the recently-crowned WBC middleweight champion and Miguel Cotto.
The hugely-popular Cotto stepped up to middleweight last time out and dominated former champion Sergio Martinez in a convincing victory.
A fight between Golovkin and Cotto would be huge with two stars battling it out to prove who is the best middleweight on the planet.
Cotto is a man in demand, though, with constant rumours of a mega fight with Mexican sensation Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in circulation.
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