Last night (Sat., June 29, 2013) Gennady Golovkin proved once again that he is one of boxing's most devastating punchers, stopping tough-as-nails Irish brawler Matthew Macklin in the main event of a three-fight HBO "Boxing After Dark" card from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The Kazakh destroyer stung Macklin early, cornering him and unloading with vicious body blows. He transitioned upstairs and landed several solid shots as the pair broke for the second round.
Macklin apparently got the message and did his best to avoid Golovkin's power, using tie-ups to brunt the assault. It was semi-effective, but the writing was on the wall -- Macklin was in against superior competition and wouldn't last much longer.
In fact, Golovkin came out for round three and finished what he started, going back to the body to score an impressive liver-punch knockout.
Here is our live coverage of the finishing barrage:
"Macklin to the body. Macklin points out a bad spot in the corner. Good left hook from Macklin. Gennady thumps the body with a right. Macklin firing back but eats another big right. Macklin firing to the body and head. Golovkin lands a brilliant left hook to the body and Mack is writhing in pain on the mat. He doesn't even come close to beating the count. Who can stop this guy?"
Perhaps Sergio Martinez will be able to answer that very difficult challenge in the very near future.