When we talk about the most exciting and most well liked fighters it's fair to say that Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26) is amongst them. He's a star when he fights anywhere in the world and that was shown again tonight when he returned to Monte Carlo in Monaco and had fight fans from more than 100 countries watching him in action.
Whilst the big issue about the fight was that US TV weren't covering the contest that didn't prevent the fight from being a big event globally and with Golvokin's exciting style that was never a doubt, despite the fact he was facing a massive underdog in the form of Osumanu Adama (22-4, 16).
Adama, fighting in his second world title fight was given no chance, yet the fight was still viewed as a major contest. Unfortunately for Adama those writing off his chances were completely right with Golovkin taking control of the fight from the opening round.
The power of Golovkin was on show early as he shook Adama onto his heels with the first jab he landed. It was clear that Adama was tough but he had felt the power of Golovkin and knew he'd rather not have too much of it. As a result of feeling the power Adama got on his bike and went into reverse gear trying to take the sting off Golovkin's shots. This worked for much of the first round before he was dropped right on the bell.
Adama continued to try and do everything off the back foot and lost round 2 with out doing too much to fight back. Thankfully, for the sake of entertainment, Adama managed to find some confidence and fought back well in rounds 3 and 4, actually leaving Golovkin's nose bloodied in the process.
Despite showing some bravery and fighting back Adama was unfortunately unable to ever get the respect of Golovkin who kept coming forward landing hard shots upstairs and downstairs. Even the biggest shots of Adama seemed to bounce off Golovkin who just kept coming forward and landing his hard shots.
It was obvious that sooner or later Adama would be made to pay for his growing confidence and that almost happened towards the end of round 5 when Golovkin seemed to punch Adama across the ring. The champion, realising that Adama was starting to break down went on the offensive straight away to start round 6. Adama, doing all he could to survive spat out his gum shield and got a warning for it as it was obvious he was starting to feel the heat. The spitting out of the gum shield hardly helped Adama who was dropped soon afterwards.
Amazingly Adama showed the courage to get up again but he was starting to look like a beaten man and in the opening stages of round 7 he was down again, this time from a jab. Adama got up again and tried fight back but a left hook buckled his knees and this time the referee decided enough was enough.
Whilst Adama had shown bravery and heart he had been beaten up. The stoppage, when it came, may not have been the best but in all honesty Adama wasn't in the fight, he had little to offer and was way down on the cards and starting to look like a man who was breaking down. It wasn't a great stoppage but it was one that seemed inevitable and one that only served to save Adama from further damage that he really didn't need to take.
Golovkin is now expected to return to US soil to fight in April as he continues to be one of the busiest fighters at the world level, that fight wi
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