Gennady Golovkin came, saw and conquered on Saturday night, stopping former world champion Daniel Geale with a spectacular right hand in Round 3 to retain his WBA/IBO Middleweight Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The ending was sudden, vicious and reminded everyone of why the Kazakh champion has developed a reputation as perhaps boxing’s most feared puncher.
Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO) customarily stalked Geale to the ropes near the end of the round and caught a flush right hand of his own before uncorking a bomb that sent the challenger sprawling on the canvas.
Geale (30-3, 16 KO), who used his movement to make it somewhat difficult for Golovkin, rose to his feet, but he was clearly out of it, prompting referee Mike Ortega to intercede and stop the contest.
It was the second knockdown of the fight, and while game, the Aussie was clearly overmatched.
With the win, Golovkin ups his knockout streak to 17 consecutive fights, and his knockout ratio now sits at an even 90 percent, currently the highest in middleweight history.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings remained undefeated, taking a close split decision from the previously unbeaten Mike Perez in an eliminator bout for a shot at the WBC Heavyweight Championship.
Scores were 115-112 and 114-113 for Jennings and 114-113 for Perez.
Jennings (19-0, 10 KO) was the more active fighter after overcoming some early jitters. He outworked Perez, particularly in the second half when the Cuban seemed to fade, and that made up his margin of victory.
Perez (21-1-1, 12 KO) came in nearly 11 pounds heavier than he was for a disappointing draw against Carlos Takam earlier in the year, and the extra weight did him no favors.
He fought well early, but couldn’t keep up late, losing a point in Round 12 for hitting on the break and sealing the deal for his first career defeat.