Who could have possibly failed to have been mightily impressed by Gennady Golovkin’s one-punch KO over the very experienced Matthew Macklin last night? “GGG,” was being spoken about as the single hardest puncher in boxing today BEFORE his brutal body shot win over the brave and gutsy, and usually durable Macklin – now, fans everywhere are even more excited about the softly spoken fighter from Kazakhstan who holds the WBA and IBO 160-pound titles.
Many good experts felt Macklin – who had pushed Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez hard in previous title challenges – would test the unbeaten 31-year-old. Instead, Golovkin, 27-0(24) won in sensationally devastating style. But the ride could be just beginning for “GGG,” his team and his ever-growing number of fans. Traditionally, boxing fans adore a puncher, to the extent that they are ready and willing to part with hard cash to see one in action. Golovkin, as surely everyone agrees, is a pure puncher. More than that, though, Golovkin has skills, speed, class and a fine boxing brain. The sky really is the limit for him.
Already, fans are asking for Golovkin to get it on with the “real” middleweight king Sergio Martinez (a fight Golovkin desperately wants), while the thought of match-ups between Golovkin and the likes of Carl Froch, Andre Ward and others are enough to give fight fans palpitations! And, just think how exciting and enormous a Golovkin-Floyd Mayweather Junior showdown could be (“GGG’s” Dream Fight)!
There are a number of great punchers and/or potential superstars in boxing today – Lucas Matthyysse, Adrien Broner, Saul Alvarez for example – but the seemingly unbeatable fighting machine from Karaganda seems to be the hottest thing in the sport right now.
What they said after last night’s terrific win from Golovkin:
“There are no weaknesses in that man,” former lightweight king Jim Watt.
“He reminds me of Julian Jackson, Gerald McClellan – he is a throwback,” former cruiserweight boss Johnny Nelson.
“It isn’t just the power, it’s the pressure,” P-4-P star Andre Ward.
“He didn’t break a sweat [in beating Macklin],” top-ranked middleweight Martin Murray.
“How to beat him? Take a baseball bat into the ring!,” Murray again.
“GGG is a beast. Golovkin V Carl Froch at 168 would be epic,” promoter Eddie Hearn.
“Hats off to Matthew Macklin, but that GGG is frightening!,” welterweight contender Kell Brook.
“Gennady Golovkin is too talented for his own good,” top scribe Kevin Iole.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, he is the best kid I have ever fought,” the vanquished Macklin, who fell to 29-5(20).
“[Martinez] is not going to come off a 14-month layoff and fight this animal,” promoter Lou DiBella, as quoted by Iole.
And will that be the biggest problem for Golovkin: getting the best to face him?