SAN DIEGO, June 29, 2013 – Saturday’s fight was seen as a test for Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin. Would Irish fighter Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin finally provide a real challenge and test the rising middleweight star
Golovkin aced this test, top of the class. Believe the hype, Golovkin is the real deal. If you weren’t excited about this boxer before, get excited now. No one needs to put the adjective “rising” in front of “star” before Golovkin’s name anymore.
Golovkin’s (27-0, 24 KO) stunning body shot knockout of Macklin (29-5, 20 KO) at 1:22 of Round 3 established him as a top tier fighter and one of the most exciting in the sport today.
Golovkin is known for starting fights slowly, but he was ready to rumble from the opening bell. He started tagging Macklin right away. He opened a significant cut over Macklin’s left eye in the second round. While Macklin was apparently concerned about protecting the cut, he left himself open to the body and Golovkin closed the deal.
Golovkin hit Macklin so hard it was as if someone had used an industrial strength taser on him. He fell to the canvas writhing in pain. Golovkin walked away calmly after landing the punch. It was just another day at the office for him.
Golovkin said after the fight, “I felt great. This was (an) easy fight for me. Everything I wanted to do, I was able to do. He never hurt me.” Golovkin said of the knockout punch, “I got good position for the body shot. Perfect position, that’s my lucky punch.”
Macklin, who didn’t look like he would leave the ring under his own power after the knockout, said “Without a shadow of a doubt, he is the best I’ve ever fought…. He was hard to hit clean, he put the pressure on.” Macklin ruefully admitted the body shot devastated him. “That’s one of my favorites, I’ve done lots of people like that,” and said he was probably due one in return.
Recall that Macklin dropped number one middleweight Sergio Martinez in 2012 and acquitted himself well in that bout. Yet Macklin says Golovkin is the best he’s ever faced.
Now that Golovkin has elevated himself to the next level, the boxing world is buzzing about his next opponent. Golovkin said he wanted to fight five times this year. He says he will fight for sure in November, and in September if he can make a match. Golovkin has said he will fight anyone from 154 pounds to 168 pounds, which opens up a long list of possibilities.
The first name to come up is current number one middleweight Sergio Martinez. Forget it. Martinez is recovering from injury and won’t fight until 2014 at the earliest. At 38 he didn’t look great in his last fight. If Martinez is thinking about retirement, he might want to stop thinking after this fight and do it.
Other names on the table: Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr., even Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin said after the bout he’d like to fight the winner of the Daniel Geale vs. Darren Barker middleweight fight, which takes place on August 17 in Atlantic City, or perhaps Martin Murray. The speculation will provide summer fun for fans for weeks.
Chavez is currently lined up to face Brian Vera on August 3 in an HBO main event. This would position him for a November bout. Perhaps that leaves Murray available for a September fight. Murray gave Sergio Martinez a run for his money in March. Froch presents an intriguing match, especially if the fight is staged in Great Britain.
The truth is, after tonight fans don’t really care who Golovkin fights. They’ll line up to see him fight just about anyone. He’s got the punching power and explosive potential of a middleweight Mike Tyson. He is just what the sport of boxing needs right now. Golovkin generates plenty of excitement among the boxing community. He likes to fight and the fans love him for it.
On the undercards, underdog Brandon Gonzales of California (17-0-1, 10 KOs) impressed in his bout against South African Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-2, 13 KO), which ended up in a draw. Gonzales was in command early, taking Oosthuizen’s game plan away from him. The South African came on just enough in the late rounds to save his record. Gonzales is a fighter worth seeing again.
The junior middleweight fight between Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KO) and Luciano Cuello (32-3, 16 KO) was a bit of a disappointment, fizzling in the later rounds. Cuello lost a split decision to Nelson, who benefitted from fighting on U.S. soil against the tough Argentinean, who would have won in his home country.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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