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By now you've heard that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin dispatched his opponent Daniel Geale in only three rounds. The Aussie fought a smart fight in rounds one and two, making Golovkin miss and showing him different angles, but the inevitable and expected result came to fruition in round 3 when in the middle of an exchange Geale caught the end of a right hand punch that put him down in the canvas for the second time in the fight. Geale attempted to regain his composure but it was clear that he was in no condition to continue and referee Michael Ortega halted the bout at the 2:47 mark.
Judging by the crowd of around 8,500 who were present at Madison Square Garden, it's clear that his fan base is growing in the US and he is slowly but surely becoming a household name. His English is also improving and although sometimes it is hard to understand what he is trying to say, fans and media understand the international language of the knockout. Besides, with 18 consecutive knockouts (28 in total) does one really care?
After the fight ended, fans stuck around to hear what Golovkin had to say regarding his future plans and they exploded in cheer when GGG, probably for the first time, called out two names but made emphasis on one.
"I want Cotto, I respect him and respect his style”, said Golovkin.
The idea of a fight between now lineal Champion Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden had fans buzzing and salivating at the possibility of the fight taking place. But whether the fight takes place or not, Golovkin’s goal of unifying belts was clear.
“My focus is 160, I want a unification fight”, Said Golovkin
Golovkin also mentioned WBO Champion Peter Quillin as a possible target, but the chances of that fight materializing in the immediate future are slim to none. At the post fight press conference, Tom Loeffler who promotes Golovkin, revealed that they would also pursue an unification fight against IBF Champion Sam Soliman.
Golovkin is expected to return to action sometime before the end of the year.
Perez-Jennings fails to impress
The much anticipated fight between highly regarded Heavyweights Mike Perez and Bryant Jennings promised to produce fireworks but fell short of the expectations. Touted as an eliminator to fight for the WBC Heavyweight belt, the fight pitted a very experienced Cuban fighter in Perez, and an undefeated American Heavyweight in Jennings. What transpired during the fight was a lot of shoving, clinching, head pulling and little punching. Jennings came out very cautious in the first rounds and Perez seemed to be pressing the action. But the fight turned stale in the second half and it ended with Jennings winning a close but uneventful split decision with scores of 114-113 (2X) for Jennings and 115-112 for Perez.
Cruiserweight Ola Afolabi (20-3-4, 9 KOs) had an easy time using Anthony Caputo (15-3, 10 KOs)as a punching bag for 3 rounds until the stoppage at the end of round 3. Caputo fought bravely but was clearly overmatched and had no business being in there with an experienced Afolabi.
Highly regarded Welterweight Dusty Harrison (20-0, 12KOs) won a very mundane unanimous decision (80-72 all cards) against Wilfredo Acuna (15-14, 12KOs).
Junior Weterweight Julian Rodriguez (3-0, 2 KOs) remained undefeated stopping Yankton Southern (4-5, 4 KOs) in 43 seconds of the first round.