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Golovkin demolishes Special One

Gennady Golovkin, lionised as ‘the most feared man on the planet’ demolished British boxer Kell ‘The Special One’ Brook in the fifth round of a boxing match that was doubtlessly one of the major and electric of 2016.

Golovkin aka GGG hails from eastern European small state of Kazakhstan and has continued to bully the middle weight division at will and ease since his professional debut. He is currently ranked the number one middleweight and the world’s third best boxer, pound for pound, by Ring Magazine.

The soft spoken Golovkin is known in the ring as a systematic stalker and power punching pressure fighter. His style and heavy blows have netted him 36 wins out of 36 fights, 33 of them coming by way of Knock Out!

Golovkin hasn’t been knocked out or knocked down in a total of 375 fights neither as a professional or amateur and his fight with Brook was one of his high profile ones as he continues to summit the heights of professional boxing with relative ease.

The past weekend though, it was just another day at the office for GGG as he laboured methodically, tearing down one of the classiest and marvelous boxers in the sport, in a fight that culminated in a broken eye socket and a Technical Knockout (TKO) in the fifth. Golovkin is a 2003 World Championships gold medalist and a 2004 Olympic silver medalist. He has in his professional career drubbed notables like Curtis Stevens, Daniel Geale, Willie Monroe Jr and David Lemieux.

The first round saw Golovkin drumming an offensive as expected with both fighters landing some shots here and there sporadically exploding in attack.

The second was a mesmerising display of the class of boxers slugging it out. Brook absorbed Golovkin pressure well, seamlessly alternating between defense, countering as well as sporadic offenses. The round could have easily gone to Brook.

In the third, Golovkin came out gunning for conquest. He had notably increased his speed and the pressure on Brook and it paid off as it seems to be the round where the eye socket injury was inflicted. Brook could be seen fiddling with his right eye socket, signaling major irritation. Golovkin continued stalking Brook relentlessly.

 While the fourth was nothing to write a book about, it however saw some magnificent countering feats by Brook.

The fifth saw Golovkin landing upwards of 18 unanswered punches which prompted Brook’s corner to pull their man out.

Golovkin TKO’d Brook, currently ranked the number one in the welterweight division, a position once held by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacqiuao before retirement. Before Saturday, Brook had fought 36 fights and came out unscathed, with zero losses and 25 of his wins coming by way of knockout. Some notables who have fallen to Brook include Matthew Hatton, brother to Ricky Hatton and American, Shawn Porter.

But, even though Golovkin was always the favourite to win the Saturday encounter, what was interesting to observe was that Brook was in control of the fight even as his corner pulled him out of the fight. In fact, one judge had Brook leading on the scorecards while the last two had him even with Golovkin.

An enigmatic trend that was showing clearly was that it was a clash of world class fighters and the fight was never going to be a walkover for Golovkin. But had the fight progressed into the latter rounds many pundits believe that Golovkin was going to close the gap and surpass Brook in the scorecards.

Other notable fights which were a meeting of mass talent in the ring between two fighters include the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana bout, fought on May 3rd 2014.The Argentine seemed to have the code to unlock the Mayweather defense and in fact had the fight under his control. However, from the 4th round onwards Maidana offensive went haywire as Mayweather went on the run all the while continuing to land sneaky lefts and rights, reversing Maidana fortunes. The fight was so close that it left both boxing fans and the Mayweather camp in disbelief that another fight was immediately scheduled and took place 5 months later on September 13 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather-Maidana 1 will also be remembered as one of the few fights where uncertainty beamed across Mayweather’s face even as the results were being announced.

Another fight with the same traits is the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan bout. Even though he had also entered the fight an underdog, Khan had utilised speed to his benefit and was so elusive in the first few rounds that he had unsettled the Canelo match plan. But as with other underdogs before him, it was just a matter of time before the Canelo right hook cracked his glass chin sending him to the floor in a humiliating manner for a world class champion.

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