The flower has bloomed: Golovkin yields Macklin in three rounds

Picks in Gennady Golovkin’s twelve round WBA/IBO world title defense against Matthew Macklin were widely favored in the direction of the undefeated Kazakh born fighter.

Golovkin (27-0-0 24 KO’s) was a storm; an exquisite performance was put on by one of boxing’s future star’s this evening in steamrolling Matthew Macklin (29-5-0 20 KO’s) in round three of a twelve round title fight.

Contrasting the unguided speculation by his critics, Golovkin was not a raw fighter in the slightest way. Golovkin timed Macklin with the right hand. He used his left hand as a lead up and jumpy lateral movement as a distance keeper. He simply stuffed in this cracks left in the high guard of Matthew Macklin; a fighter who, while working the body and pushing the action forward, was completely overmatched in this third world-title challenge. The stoppage came with an unexpected right uppercut to the body of the bloodied Macklin.

After such an empathic conclusion to the bout one must face facts. Golovkin isn’t the future no more. He is the present. As well as a present to any boxing fans; whether they fit the most casual “just fight!” standpoint or the fight purists. Golovkin is a juggernaut. He takes a minimal amount of punches, has a sturdy chin, and delivers in high mass and impact. There is no blueprint to beat a man like this. You were looking for someone to take the seat of Sergio Martinez? Here he is.


Thomas Oosthuizen D10 Brandon Gonzales — Gonzales was well equipped early in putting on a boxing clinic. Oosthuizen’s career saving close was just enough to rescue a split-draw after a ten round bout.

Willie Nelson UD 10 Luciano Leonell Cuello — Cuello had Nelson hurt and in the clinch multiple times in this fight. This included a big 10th round stunning that almost lost Nelson the fight. Nelson had enough middle rounds in the bank to survive to the bell and suffice with a UD victory.

Written by Corey Quincy.

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