By Mark Elezaj
New York- . Gennady Golovkin promised a “Big Drama Show” and delivered last night with a fourth-round knockout victory over previously undefeated Canadian Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden. This was Golovkin’s first fight since his controversial loss to Canelo Alvarez back in September 2018.
From the opening bell, Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO) was on the attacking, walking his man down, working behind his jab. Golovkin then went to the body late in the first round, throwing a hard left hook and following with a left hook to the head that got Rolls’ attention.
In the second round, Golovkin continued to attack Rolls, landing clean punches while pushing the action. Rolls, however, stood his ground and was able to land his own shots as well, including a big left hand that snapped Golovkin’s head back.
In the third round, Golovkin connected with a big right hand, but Rolls shook his head saying that the punch did not hurt him. Golovkin continued to attack Rolls and with 49 seconds left in the round, landed a hard left hook to Rolls body which slowed him down and backed him up.
In the fourth round Golovkin jumped on Rolls, throwing a big shot badly that landed on the top of Rolls’ head. Rolls started to back up to the ropes while Golovkin continued on the attack. While Rolls tried to fight off the ropes, Golovkin landed a left hand on the jaw and Rolls fell face down on the canvas. Rolls tried to get up, but fell back down, unable to make the 10 count.
Final CompuBox stats had Golovkin landing 62 of 223 total punches (27.8%) while Rolls landed 38 of 175 (21.7%).
This was Golovkin’s first fight with new trainer Johnathon Banks, who replaced Golovkin’s longtime trainer Abel Sanchez.
“It’s always good to get a knockout,” Banks said. “I liked what I saw in the ring, but we can do better when we have more time in training camp. But we’re headed in the right direction.”
Golovkin hopes that his knockout victory of Rolls will lead to a third fight with Canelo Alvarez. After the fight, with a huge smile on his face, Golovkin called out Alvarez.
“The fans know who they want me to fight next,” Golovkin said. “I’m ready for September. I’m ready for Canelo. Just bring him, just ask him. I’m ready. If you want big drama show, please tell him. I’m ready to bring back the big drama show. I believe because this is boxing, this is boxing business. Why not? The next fight will be amazing for us.”
”I feel right now like the people’s champ,” Golovkin said. “It doesn’t matter for me. I want to beat him but (the belts) don’t matter. I’m the people’s champion.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~