By Mark Elezaj
GGG made it look easy last Friday night when he faced mandatory IBF middleweight title contender Kamil Szeremeta.
In his first fight in 14 months, Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) knocked the challenger down four times in a one sided beating that started from the opening bell.
Golovkin established his jab early, working off of it and throwing powerful shots behind it. Golovkin, the aggressor early on, sent Szeremeta to the canvas at the end of the first round with a perfectly timed uppercut followed by a left hand over the top.
Golovkin would go on to score two more knockdowns, in the fourth and seventh rounds, before the referee waived off the fight as both fighters sat on their stools in between rounds.
According to CompuBox, Golovkin outlanded Szeremeta 228 to 59 in total punches, including a 94-10 advantage in his jabs, while landing 56% of his power punches through the fight.
“I feel my jab,” Golovkin said. “I feel my power. I feel my timing, my distance. I needed a little bit more time. OK, if I’m finishing in the second round, maybe too early. I want to bring more people to TV.”
“Respect to Kamil’s trainer and corner,” Golovkin said of the stoppage.
“They’re very smart because he was done. Come on, guys.”
So what’s next for the champion, who with this victory defended his middleweight title for a history-making 21st time?
“I thought he was fantastic. It’s difficult for guys on this level to come back,” promoter Eddie Hearn said. “It was great for Gennadiy to get rounds today. We look forward to a very exciting 2021.”
Hearn went on to say that Golovkin will dictate what’s next, saying that Golovkin promised something big.
“Trust me, guys,” Golovkin said. “We will bring the best fight for next time.”
Dare we say Canelo?
The first two fights left us wanting more!
Their first fight in 2017 was a close, action packed fight that ended in a controversial draw.
In 2018, they met for their highly anticipated rematch, another close fight, but this time Canelo won by way of a close majority decision.
~ The Fighting Voice ~