Gennady Golovkin vs Matthew Macklin: GGG is a Force to be Reckoned WithHot
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And his 89% knockouts-to-fights ratio is the highest of all active boxing champions.
Golovkin came out at the opening bell throwing bombs and it appeared to be just a matter of time until one landed flush.
But Macklin wasn't at all intimidated being in the line of fire, prompting HBO Commentator Jim Lampley to suggest the fighter had the "nerves of a cat burglar," moving in and out, dodging bombs that could fall most heavyweights.
Although aggressive and courageous early, Macklin was rocked several times in the opening two stanzas, compliments of Golovkin's hard, precise powershots.
Despite being in trouble early, the British-born Irishman jumped right in to trade punches with Golovkin. In fact, they were so close in that an accidental clash of heads in round two caused a cut to open over Macklin's right eye.
Unphased by the Macklin counter-offensive, the long-armed Gennady Golovkin appeared machine-like in dismantling his foe. Calm and cool, he methodically walked his man down after getting Macklin hurt.
And finally in Round 3, time ran out for "Mack the Knife," as Golovkin landed a pulverizing body shot to the liver, sending his foe to the canvas where he remained several minutes.
After the fight, Macklin, who has fought several world champions including Sergio Martinez, tweeted, "GGG is by far the best I've ever been in a ring with. It'll be a while before anyone beats him at 160! Don't see anyone out there."
Who is next for Gennady?
Will it be Sergio Martinez or the winner of Daniel Geale vs Darren Barker? Will it be Julio Cesar Chavez Jr? Or will Golovkin move north to super middleweight and seek bouts against Andre Ward, Carl Froch or Mikkel Kessler?
Golovkin reportedly made $350,000 while Macklin made $300,000.