Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale
in three brutal rounds on Saturday to retain his World Boxing
Association middleweight world title.
Golovkin sent Geale to the canvas in the second round with a barrage of blows.
In round three he responded to a hard right to the head from the
Aussie challenger with his own punishing right to the nose, followed by a
quick left that sent Geale down.
Geale, a former International Boxing Federation middleweight champion
who fell to 30-3 with 16 knockouts, had no complaint when referee
Michael Ortega called a halt at 2:47 of the round.
Golovkin, whose amateur resume included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, improved to 30-0 with 27 knockouts.
Golovkin hasn’t gone the distance since winning an eight-round
decision in 2008 and said keeping his knockout streak alive was
“Yes, absolutely the knockout is very important, not just for me, not
just for my team, but for everybody,” he said. “This is big drama
Golovkin had fought twice before in Madison Square Garden’s smaller
Theater, but he had never before fought in the fabled Manhattan venue’s
After the bout, Golovkin said he wanted a unification bout with World
Boxing Council champion Miguel Cotto — the Puerto Rican who is a
longtime favorite of Garden fans.
Cotto became Puerto Rico’s first four-division champion last month
when he stopped Argentina’s Sergio Martinez in nine rounds for the WBC
middleweight belt in New York.
“I want a unification fight. I want who is the best in the
middleweight division,” Golovkin said, adding, when pressed: “Miguel
Cotto — I respect him 100 percent.”