Gennady Golovkin wasted little time Saturday night taking his vaunted power directly to tough Irishman Matthew Macklin.
Golovkin, the WBA and IBO middleweight champion, dominated, then dropped Macklin with a crushing left hook to the liver at 1:22 of the third round that left Macklin writhing in pain on the canvas and unable to answer the 10-count.
The quick KO ended the night early at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., and was the 14th knockout in a row for Golovkin, 31, the former Kazakhstani Olympic silver medalist and legendary amateur fighter.
Many felt Golovkin was finally facing a true middleweight — his promoter says it’s because it’s hard finding opponents — but Macklin, who had once knocked down lineal middleweight champ Sergio Martinez, appeared overmatched from the start. He suffered a nasty cut over his left eye in the second round, and that proved to be the beginning of the end for Macklin.
Golovkin outlanded Macklin 58-29 in total punches, and seemed to be able to connect at will.
“My perfect position for that body shot,” Golovkin (27-0, 23 KOs) said. “I want this fight (against Sergio Martinez). I felt great in the ring. He never hurt me. It was an easy fight for me.
“I want to fight against soon. Any top fighter, any champion, any belt holder….anywhere.”
Macklin, who had said before the fight that he was unsure how good Golovkin was because of his lack of quality opponents. had no doubts after the fight.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, he’s definitely the best fighter I’ve ever fought,” Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) said.
“It was a great shot he landed, the left hook to the body is personally one of my favorites. I tip my hat to him; he’s a great champion. He has clubbing, solid power and you can feel the weight of every punch he throws.”
Macklin said Golovkin took him out of his fight by going first to the head and then the body using his usual patience.
“I was planning to exploit his weakness, which was inexperience,” said Macklin. “He’s only been 10 rounds once. But credit to him. He was patient and put the pressure on and was hard to hit clean.”
Of his opponent’s power, Macklin said, “Every shot is hard, even his jab. The reason he got me so good to the body is I was preoccupied with defending the uppercuts that he got me downstairs.”
It’s unsure who Golovkin will face next, but after his performance against Macklin, it’s likely he will have trouble finding a quality opponent.
Gennady Golovkin was born on April 8th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gennady_Golovkin
April 8th, 1982
4 + 8 +1+9+8+2 = 32 = his life lesson = Boxing. Winning. Champion.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
7555147 76364295 76
his path of destiny = 76 = Effiicient. Getting it done.
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