Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin is undefeated, and he knocked out 34 of his 39 opponents. Yet he still desperately needed a win.
Golovkin (aka: “Triple G” “3G” “GGG” and “Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин”) has always fought top contenders in his division.
But fame and fight fans are as fickle as they come.
In March of 2017 Triple G took on Daniel Jacobs, (#2 contender) and it was Gennady’s toughest fight.
They found their distance and timing in the early frames while 3G pressed the action.
Golovkin put Jacobs on his back pockets at the top of Round 4 by doubling up on overhand rights.
Jacobs was in trouble again in Rounds 5 and 9.
The bout went the distance (ending GGG’s streak of 23 consecutive knockouts) and 3G won by unanimous decision.
Last September Gennady fought Canelo Alvarez (#1).
It was close in the beginning, but Golovkin controlled the tempo and landed more leather. Alvarez faded in the later rounds.
One judge correctly scored it, 115-113 for Golovkin.
The second judge saw it 114-114, a draw.
Adalaide Byrd (one of the worst judges in any sport) scored it 118-110 for Alvarez…causing a split-decision draw.
Corruption or stupidity?
My guess is the latter.
Yet she continues to adjudicate.
Golovkin was ready to stick it to those trying to cast aspersions on his flawless record and career.
He could hardly wait for the May 5 rematch; and promised a knockout.
Unfortunately Alvarez tested positive (twice) for a banned substance, and was dealt a six-month suspension.
Not only did this scuttle a $20 million paycheck, it put the kibosh on Triple G’s opportunity to vindicate himself.
With only a month till fight night, they scrambled for an opponent.
GGG could not gamble on a higher-level contender because he hadn’t trained for their elite and unique styles.
Enter Vanes Martirosyan (36-4, 21 KO’s) with solid skills and firm chin.
Gennady was aggressive from the start, setting the pace.
Martirosyan did well in the opening frame, landing several good shots.
He showed no fear of Golovkin’s power, speed or talent…which was a huge mistake.
Halfway through Round 2, Triple G landed a chopping left that signaled the beginning of the end.
He followed with four jabs to set up a devastating right to the temple, put Martirosyan on the ropes, and unloaded to the head.
Martirosyan crumpled to the canvas.
He got to his knees by “nine,” fell facedown on “10.”
Головкин (you knew that was coming) improves his record to 38-0-1, 34 KO’s and makes a huge statement regarding his capabilities.
Talk about fair-weather fans.
Undefeated Ryan Garcia was a victim of his own superior skills.
The crowd gathered for the middleweight titles fight showed their ignorance of the sweet science when they booed Garcia for not putting Jayson Velez down for the count.
Like Golovkin, Garcia (only 19-years-old) has spoiled audiences by swiftly dispatching his foes, sending most opponents south in the 1st or 2nd round.
Velez proved to be as tough as a 60-cent steak, hanging in for all 10 rounds and giving Garcia something to chew on.
Ryan Garcia showed he has some grit by going the distance and winning a formidable (99-91, three times) unanimous decision.
It took over a year for the rematch between heavyweights Tony Bellew (“Ricky Conlan” in Creed) and David Haye.
Bellew won the first fight on a TKO stoppage in the 11th round.
There was a lot of swinging on Saturday, and a good deal of gum flapping.
Haye incessantly jeered at Bellew…until Round 3.
Bellew dropped him twice in the closing seconds. Haye survived the 4th, but Bellew reintroduced him to the floor in the 5th.
The referee saw the danger in continuing, and called a halt to the contest.
Good call, ref.
Tony Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KO’s) chalked a decisive “W” with the TKO victory.
God Bless and don’t talk smack.
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