History | Mar 30 2018

On This Day: Gennady Golovkin sends out a brutal message

Gennady Golovkin smashes Nobuhiro Ishida in Monaco as Marvin Hagler looks on
Gennady Golovkin
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WITH middleweight legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler looking on from ringside at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, unbeaten WBA and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin continued his march toward 11st 6lbs greatness, defending his belts for the second time in 2013 with a blistering third-round knockout of Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida on March 30th.

The win was as emphatic as you could hope for from a “keep-busy” bout, and while Ishida entered the title fight having lost three of his previous five, albeit to Rigoberto Alvarez, Paul Williams and Dmiry Pirog, he had also never been stopped in 34 pro bouts, a streak ended by the increasingly popular “GGG,” who had halted Gabriel Rosado in seven rounds in January.

Golovkin (11st 5 1/2lbs) got his work done in less than half the time on this night, and it only took him around 30 seconds to get a read on the taller Ishida (11st 4lbs).