Golovkin took on what was supposed to be his toughest test so far, Australian Daniel Geale (30-3, 16). Geale was a former double world champion, in fact he was a former unified champion. That however didn't help the Australian who lasted less than 3 rounds against Golovkin and became just another victim of the man known as "GGG".
The opening round was the best round for Geale who came to fight and had several moments of success though was tagged late in the round by a flurry. Oddly the round seemed to last around 4 minutes though nothing too dramatic happened in the extra minute. Although Golovkin seemed to do enough to win the round it was certainly one of his more difficult recent rounds with Geale showing his confidence and slippery movement to make the Kazakh miss several shots.
Although Geale had a relatively comfortable opening round, barring the late flurry that stole the round for Golovkin, the second saw the champion starting to pick up the action and cutting the distance off more effectively. The extra work from the champion helped him score the first knock down of the fight, though it was a somewhat flash knockdown that occurred with Golovkin cuffing him rather than blasting him down.
The pressure of Golvokin seemed to be building round after round and around 2 minutes into round 3 Golovkin managed to force Geale into a corner where he managed to connect with several solid shots. Geale's footwork helped him out momentarily though he was quickly cornered on the opposite side of the ring. From there on the end was nigh with Golovkin landing two solid shots, one to the body and one to the head. Geale took them, just, and fired back a huge right hand that caught Golovkin clean, unfortunately for the Australian he was tagged himself almost instantaneously and sent down hard.
Geale, much to his credit, got to his feet, though shook his head when asked if he was okay to continue, effectively admitting defeat rather than taking a more serious and prolonged pounding.
After the fight Golovkin was asked who he wanted to fight and mentioned the names of the other 3 Middleweight champions, Sam Soliman, Peter Quillin and Miguel Cotto. Of the 3 it seems that Golovkin wants WBC champion Miguel Cotto though in all honesty we don't imagine that Cotto wants Golovkin and instead "GGG" will likely have to take on the less than attractive Sam Soliman or hunt other notable fights.
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