GENNADY GOLOVKIN made a huge statement when he defended his WBA middleweight title with a third round knockout of Britain's Matthew Macklin. The challenger, who had previously gone 12 rounds with Felix Sturm and 11 with division leader Sergio Martinez, could do nothing to stop his fearsome rival.
From the start Golovkin cut off the ring with supreme footwork and clubbing blasts to head and body. Macklin, typically gutsy, opted to return fire in third but his daring was punished. Golovkin pinned him against the ropes and, after firing hooks to Macklin's bloodied face, whipped a violent shot into Macklin's ribs.
The Birmingham man grimaced in pain as he collapsed to the deck. He later admitted he didn't hear the count until it had reached five. He had no chance of making it to his feet before 10. He was out.
Talk soon started about Golovkin taking on Sergio Martinez in a middleweight unification showdown.
"He's the best kid I've been in with," Macklin evaluated about 'GGG'. "He's better than Martinez."
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