Ringside Report by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
The popularity of WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Genaddy “GGG” Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) was put to the test on Saturday night, with the Kazakh wrecking ball moving into the main arena at Madison Square Garden to face former three-time world champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs). 8572 fans confirmed that the middleweight knockout artist was ready for the relocation, and he most definitely did not disappoint in his first performance on that major stage.
The punching power of Golovkin has become somewhat of a boxing folklore, and GGG, as he is better known, possesses the highest knockout ratio in the history of championship fights in the middleweight division. He has certainly put the whole weight class on notice, and most fighters at 160 pounds have chosen to stay as far away as possible from his crisp jab and thundering right hand. To his credit, Geale stepped up to the overwhelming challenge on Saturday night, and he showed up at Madison Square Garden ready to fight.
The native Australian Geale made every attempt to start fast at the sound of the opening bell, choosing to quickly engage with Golovkin. When he did try to pick his spots and remove himself from danger, Geale immediately found out that Golovkin is one of the best in the business in cutting the ring off and immediately attacking from all angles.
In the second round, it became evident that the power of Golovkin was already starting to take its toll, and Geale went down for the first time in that frame following a flurry. The Aussie did return to his feet and choose to continue, but he was finding it increasingly more difficult to find any kind of momentum.
The third round of this bout turned out to be the final one, with Golovkin stalking Geale throughout the frame until closing the show in the final seconds. Amid an exchange, Geale actually landed a solid right hand, but an off-balance Golovkin immediately countered with a crushing right hook that sent the former titleholder to the canvas for a second time. Geale again returned to his feet and appeared able to continue, but referee Mike Ortega was not convinced, stopping the bout at the 2:47 mark to make the result a successful title defense for Golovkin.
The knockout was the 17th consecutive stoppage victory for Golovkin, who has not heard from the ringside judges since an eight-round unanimous decision over Ian Gardner in 2008.
Following the bout, Golovkin reaffirmed his desire to fight either current WBC Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto in a unification bout or former titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. If neither of those men will accept the challenge, the Kazakh slugger said he would like to meet IBF 160-Pound Champion Sam Soliman in a unification fight.