Facing former 2-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20) it was expected that Golovkin would face his first real challenge as the champion. Instead we got another showcase of just how good Golovkin is live on HBO.
It was obvious from the first minute of the fight that Golovkin was a class above his challenger. He quickly figured out what Macklin had then applied constant educated pressure using amazing footwork to force Macklin on to the ropes. It was this pressure that completely killed Macklin's confidence and by the end of the opening round Macklin looked a beaten man.
Having clearly scared Macklin in the opening round Golovkin moved up a gear and let his hands go a bit more willingly in the second round. This meant that not only was their heavy pressure on Macklin but there was also leather coming his way. Every time Golovkin connected he appeared to hurt Macklin who was happy to hold on every chance he got.
Unfortunately for the challenger his first game plan wasn't working and he had to change things. This change saw him opening up in round 3, though it didn't take long for him to be tagged in the only notable exchange of the bout. Having been hurt in the exchange Macklin went back to the ropes and it didn't take long for Golovkin to connect with a shot to the body that put Macklin down for the count.
On paper this was the toughest test that Golovkin has faced, though way he passed it really should worry everyone in Middleweight division, especially Sergio Martinez who appears to be the man that Golovkin has in his sights.
The question as to who the best Middleweight on the planet is, is one that Golovkin appears more than happy to find an answer to and it's also one that every boxing fan would like to see, especially considering the way Kazakhstan fighter is ripping through challengers at an alarming rate.