Gennady Golovkin is a middleweight champion from Kazakhstan who is starting to gain some major recognition, mostly because not only does he keep winning, but his fights tend to end early. “GGG” (his middle name is Gennadyevich) is 30-0, with 27 knockouts, and he hasn’t had a fight go the distance since an eight-rounder in 2008.
His latest bout came Saturday night, and the fact that it went only three rounds wasn’t the most unusual thing about it, although opponent Daniel Geale was regarded as one of the best fighters Golovkin has faced. What was unusual was the manner in which GGG’s latest knockout came about.
That’s Golovkin on the left, getting hit square in the face. Perhaps it wasn’t the hardest shot, but it still doesn’t seem like the ideal moment from which to launch a fight-ending haymaker. Presumably, Geale felt the same way, then felt much worse a moment later.
In fact, Geale got up to his feet but looked unsteady, and he told the referee he didn’t want to continue. Here is video of the sequence, which picks up at about the 20-second mark:
As related by The Ring, Geale told reporters later, “Golovkin is pretty quick. I think I fell into a couple of his traps. Things were going right early on. I guess that’s what happens when you relax a little bit.”
It was a rough night for Geale, who fell to the canvas in the first round when his foot got caught in a camera strap.
But, of course, it was another great night for Golovkin, whose legend keeps growing.
Golovkin was nowhere near set on that punch, either. Was getting tagged as he threw it. Boom. Just an absolute monster. Who’s next?
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 27, 2014