Cynics have showered criticism on middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin. Comments like “he’s fought a bunch of nobodies” often creep up whenever anyone praises the Kazakh banger.
Those cynics falling upon more sets of deaf ears after Saturday night.
Daniel Geale supposed to test Golovkin…
Up next was an ex-champion in Daniel Geale. Most recognisable to UK fans for relenting his IBF crown to England’s Darren Barker last year, the Aussie only had two defeats on his resumé and no stoppage defeats.
It’s also worth noting Geale reigned as the IBF champion for over two years, encompassing ten fights and including two split decision victories in Germany, a notoriously difficult country for boxers to earn points victories.
Some punters even predicted Geale might nick a decision, boxing off the back foot and pot-shotting the Kazakh while evading the trademark left-hooks delivered with ultimate brutality.
Despite having visited the canvas in previous fights, he was largely recognised as a true test of Golovkin’s power and ring generalship.
…it wasn’t even close
What ensued was another one-sided bout ended within three rounds, taking Golovkin’s knockout percentage to just shy of 90% - the highest of any active belt holder in any weight class.
A tenacious first round came and went as Geale predictably felt his way into the fight, circling around and avoiding most power punches. But his equilibrium was to be tested and his resistance ended shortly after.
The first knockdown came in the second round, crumbling under a mountain of pressure and eventually succumbing to a left hook. He got up relatively unscathed and survived the round, though a thumping straight right in the third was too much for the Aussie.
Boxing fans are witnessing a special fighter; although he is touted as the future of the sport over the next five-to-six years, he is currently the premier man in the 160lbs division. It is a remarkable case of an exceptional talent at present while promising to become even better as time moves on.
Such heavy-hitters consequently become a potential PPV draw. Having sold out the Garden Arena at Madison Square Garden, the bout with Geale was held in the main hall and indicative of his increasing popularity, with both boxing fanatics and casual fans.
It is now up to broadcasting station HBO, who have a contract to air the Kazakh’s fights, and Golovkin’s promoters, K2 Promotions, to entice other belt holders into unification scraps and further enhance his name.
Recently crowned WBC champion Miguel Cotto bore the brunt of Golovkin’s post-fight comments and Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was ringside to see 32-year-old in action live for the first time ahead of a possible December showdown.
Another possible opponent has been mentioned as Sam Soliman, who won a decision against Felix Sturm for the IBF title earlier in the year.