Gallant Geale falls in three rounds to Golovkin

ON paper, Australia’s Daniel Geale was the most formidable opponent Kazakh titan Gennady Golovkin had faced in the professional ranks.

Multiple world titles won abroad and a credible chin at an elite level lead many to believe that Geale (now 30-3, 16 KOs) would give Golovkin (now 30-0, 27 KOs) all he could handle – or at least take the champion the twelve round distance – unfortunately for Geale it wasn’t to be.

Geale, 33, was felled twice, once in the second round and for a final time in the third round before referee Mike Ortega wisely rescued Geale from any further punishment.

“Golovkin is pretty quick,” Geale said at the post-fight press conference. “I think I fell into a couple of his traps. Things were going right early on. I guess that’s what happens when you relax a little bit.”

From the opening stanza, it appeared to be an uphill battle for Geale.

In a bizarre sequence of events, Geale was first tripped to the canvas by a wayward camera strap, before fighting an unenviable four minute first round which was expertly picked up by the HBO commentary team at the eventual conclusion of the round.

Golovkin, 32, is developing a cult-like following, with many comparing his rapid ascension through the middleweight ranks to a young Mike Tyson, who rose to prominence with a similar destructive streak.

At this point, it doesn’t matter who Golovkin faces or what pedigree his opponents hold as they are all facing the same fate – a knockout loss. To Geale’s credit, the first knockdown appeared to be from a rabbit punch, a looping right hand, which looked to have grazed the back of Geale’s head.

In spite of the knockdown, Geale opened the third round in promising fashion. When he was able to stay off the ropes and remain on the front foot, he was able to tag the forward footed Golovkin with solid jabs. Geale also had success with his right hand, which snuck sneakily over Golovkin’s left hand on more than one occasion.

With that said, it was Geale’s confidence that worked against him.

Unlike most of Golovkin’s most recent opponents, in particular Matthew Macklin and Curtis Stevens, Geale backed himself in the trenches. The end approached when Geale launched a counter right hand at Golovkin – which landed flush – but it was Golovkin’s untimely receipt that halted Geale’s momentum and ended the fight.

“I was very happy with my performance,” Golovkin said in his post-fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman.

“For me, it’s very important, who’s the best in the middleweight division? Who are the champions right now. Miguel Cotto, Peter Quillin, Sam Soliman. Guys, you need a show? You need amazing show? Just call me. I’ll stay here and I’m ready for everybody.”

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