The Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO) train continues.
Golovkin scored a TKO victory over a game Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KO) in the third round at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
In the process, Golovkin remained undefeated and defended his IBO and WBA middleweight titles.
After he was floored on a grazing blow in the second round, a vicious right hand sent Geale down for the second time in the match. He got to his feet but couldn't find his wherewithal, and referee Mike Ortega wisely called an end to the fight.
As Max Boxing's Steve Kim pointed out, the deciding blow came while Golovkin himself was being hit.
GGG, actually gets hit with a right hand but his own in return( with a clean-up hook) sends Geale down #boxing— Steve Kim (@steveucnlive) July 27, 2014
It's easy to see which fighter won that exchange.
The TKO finish was the 17th straight stoppage win for the 32-year-old Kazakh, and the final result was never really in doubt.
Geale tried to utilize movement and a high work rate to keep Golovkin at bay, but he simply didn't have the power to make the champion respect him. As usual, Golovkin stalked his prey like a lion being minutely impeded by a flurry of mosquitoes.
Geale's futile defense only delayed the inevitable.
Just before the end came for Geale, HBO's Max Kellerman explained why Golovkin is quickly becoming so popular among knowledgeable boxing fans.
Geale's promoter, Gary Shaw, had high praise for his fighter's opponent as well, via Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:
Gary Shaw, Geale's promoter: "In all my years of boxing, Golovkin is the best 160-pounder I have ever seen."— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 27, 2014
Hardcore fans have bought into GGG, but he still has a ways to go before becoming a household name for the casual fan.
If there is one thing holding Golovkin back from attaining that goal, it's his inability to speak fluent English. Casual American boxing fans sometimes have a problem connecting with fighters who don't speak the language.
Golovkin's interview with Kellerman was the latest example of GGG's struggle to communicate verbally with an American audience.
He did deliver this very effective and easily comprehended line, per boxing writer Eric Raskin:
"This not game. This fight. I love fight." --Gennady Golovkin, channeling Brick Tamland— Eric Raskin (@EricRaskin) July 27, 2014
When asked whom he'd like to face next, Golovkin initially spoke generally. When pressed, he made mention of a future Hall of Famer, via FightNights.com:
"I want Cotto next!" - Golovkin— FightNights.com™ (@boxing) July 27, 2014
If Golovkin and Miguel Cotto meet, it will be one of the biggest fights of the year—assuming it takes place in 2014. Golovkin would be the clear favorite, but there's no doubt the newly crowned WBC champion would be GGG's biggest test yet.
If Cotto is up for the challenge, Golovkin and his camp better jump at the opportunity. Chances are, he won't convince a lot of the other big names in his weight class to face him.
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