Last night, WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (hence “GGG”), made a thunderous announcement at the MGM Grand Theatre in Mashantucket, Conn.
After tormenting top contender Matthew Macklin for the better part of 2 ½ rounds, “GGG” unleashed a left hook from hell that sent the tough Irishman to the canvas writhing in pain.
It was a perfect shot to the liver that felled him, reminiscent of Bernard Hopkins’ KO of Oscar De La Hoya, and Roy Jones over Virgil Hill. Not to compare him to those legends, but this particular KO was more emphatic, because it put an exclamation point on a truly dominate performance with the entire fistic world watching.
Where there were whispers there is now silence.
Macklin was expected to provide a much sterner test given his pedigree. But it was clear from the outset that he would not. Golovkin made a gritty, game and seasoned world-class fighter look like a fringe contender.
So much so he appeared to scare Lou DiBella, Macklin’s promoter who also represents the injured WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, who had this to say regarding a proposed fight between Golovkin and Martinez when he returns.
“[Martinez] is not going to come off a 14-month layoff and fight this animal,” DiBella said.
The operative word there was: “monster”. That is exactly what Golovkin “is”. He is a calculated and cold-blooded menace that executes his game with the eerie confidence of an assassin. There is no wasted movement and no waiting. He is efficient and methodical.
His jab alone is a power punch, and he puts himself in excellent position to unveil what has to be the most ruthless offense in the sport.
He is a destructively hybrid version of Julio Cesar Chavez and Kostya Tszyu in his prime, and if that seems like hyperbole- it is not. He would utterly destroy Chavez Jr., and more than likely annihilate Martinez. The winner of the fight between IBF middleweight champ Daniel Gaele and Darren Barker (in August) appears to be next, and there’s talk of another fight for “GGG” even before that.
For those who still think he’s not for real, consider this:
He now has 8 consecutive “knockout” defenses of his middleweight title, which ties him for the record with Marvin Hagler. He has fought 3 times this year, wants to fight twice more in 2013, and has fought 5 times over the last 13 months. For perspective, Floyd Mayweather has 5 fights in 4 years.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, the WBO middleweight champ, is calling Golovkin out. Good luck with that Pete. The nightmarish product from Kazakhstan will destroy him too. Seeing him fight live, it almost looks as if someone is controlling him from ringside with a joystick, and pressing a button for extra power.
“I want to fight again very soon,” Golovkin said. “I want to fight any belt-holder, any champion, and any top fighter, anywhere.”
In other words, he’s kicking ass and he’s taking names.