WBA middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO) continues to prove to the world that he is more than hype at 160 pounds.
Golovkin defeated Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin (29-5) by KO on Saturday night at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn.
GGG decimated Macklin in the third round with a left hook to the body that snatched the air from the challenger's body. This was supposed to be Golovkin's first legitimate test of his career. If you subscribe to that concept, he passed with flying colors.
From the beginning of the fight, it was clear it was just a matter of time before Golovkin would claim another KO win.
He has been the WBA middleweight champion since 2010, but he's just beginning to get the respect he deserves. Criticism of his competition is waning as he continues to up the ante; Macklin was his most respected victim yet.
The more Golovkin wins—especially in front of American audiences—the more he will become a household name in the sport. After fighting his first 23 bouts outside the United States, GGG has now fought three of his last four fights on American soil. All of those fights have resulted in stoppage wins and all have been a part of an HBO broadcast.
The exposure has been good for him. He's now stopped 14 straight opponents and upped his KO percentage to just under 89 percent.
The success on the big stage could lead to a unification bout between him and WBO champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, or the winner of the Daniel "Real Deal" Geale and Darren Barker bout for Geale's IBF crown.
There are a plethora of possibilities for Golovkin, but we'll have to wait and see who wins and who steps up to the challenge in the division.
Whoever decides to oppose GGG better be ready for punching power few can deny.
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