SAN DIEGO, February 1, 2014 – For the 16th fight in a row, Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin scored a stoppage in his bout against Osumanu Adama of Ghana in Monte Carlo Saturday, remaining undefeated. Adama, who had never been stopped in a fight in his career, was put on the canvas by Golovkin. Referee Louis Pabon stopped the fight in the seventh round after Adama was rocked with a jab; there was no point in letting him take any more punishment.
Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) retains his WBA and IBO middleweight titles and added to his knockout percentage rate, 89.66 percent. It is the highest ever for a middleweight and among the highest in the sport today.
Adama went down at the very end of the first round on a right hook. He seemed more surprised than hurt, but it’s never good to end a round sitting on your backside. Adama tested Golovkin through the next rounds, landed several punches but not hurting Golovkin, although he briefly showed a little blood from the nose after the fourth round.
Golovkin felt he’d gotten his workout and given the fans enough to see. He stepped on the gas at the end of round five and took it to Adama in round six, scoring another knockdown. Adama got out of the round, but his day was done. He lasted another half a round and when he started to stagger from more punishment, it was enough for referee Pabon, a good call with Golovkin so far ahead.
It wasn’t Golovkin’s best performance, but expectations for the Kazakh knockout artist to not just win but prevail in spectacular fashion are so high it’s a relative observation. It was a solid TKO victory, a stoppage and a dominating performance.
It was a performance that many American fans couldn’t see, since HBO didn’t air the fight. Determined, hard-core boxing heads found creative ways to watch via various live steams online, while others without the means raged online via Twitter about missing one of their favorite boxers in action.
Golovkin is scheduled to fight again on April 26 at Madison Square Garden against an opponent yet to be named. Golovkin dropped big names in front of the fans including Floyd Mayweather and Sergio Martinez. Mayweather won’t ever happen and doesn’t need to happen. Martinez is realistic but not won’t be the next dance on Golovkin’s card.
In a statement after the bout, Promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promtions said they “have offers out to three HBO-approved fighters.” The best fight of the realistic potential opponents is Martin Murray, who by many accounts beat Martinez last April in Argentina, but lost on the scorecards. But it is more likely to be James Kirkland, on the comeback trail after a victory in December. Former middleweight titleholder Andy Lee could be on the short list as well.
Looking ahead, it’s possible Golovkin will face the winner of the June 7 fight between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez, perhaps in September.
Whoever Golovkin fights, at least American fans will be able to see it next time. For those who missed the fight, as of press time a video of the bout was available on YouTube at this link.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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