Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut– HBO Darling, Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) keeps proving his case as a killer-in-the-making. This time he stalked and eventually stopped the usually durable Irishman, Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) in three rounds, ending the show with a wicked liver shot.
From opening bell to closing bell, the result was never in doubt as Macklin appeared to realize that he was in over his head from the very first exchange of the bout.
With no real threat coming from a back-peddling Macklin, “GGG” came forward, leisurely picking his shots and eventually finding the sweet spot on Macklin’s body. This would not only be Golovkin’s eighth defense of his WBO middleweight title, but his first win over a legitimate top 10 middleweight.
Bigger and better things await Golovkin, possibly a shot at the winner of the upcoming bout between IBF champ, Daniel Geale and Darren Barker.
On the televised undercard, Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-2, 13 KOs) and Brandon Gonzalez (17-0-1, 10 KOs) fought to a controversial split decision draw via scores of 96-94, 92-98, and 95-95. Most viewers saw Gonzalez as the winner of the ten round super middleweight bout.
Also, Cleveland’s Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a unanimous ten round decision over Argentina’s Luciano Leonel Cuello (32-3, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout with scores of 96-94, 97-93, and 97-93.