Daniel Geale’s bid to reclaim a world title was unsuccessful, suffering a TKO defeat in round 3 at Madison Square Garden to Kazakhstani wrecking machine Gennady Golovkin, who kept his WBA and IBO Middleweight titles and improved to 30-0, 27KOs.
The bout opened with a very eventful round. Geale found himself on the deck thanks to a strap from a ringside cameraman. Then a timekeeper error seen a 4 min round take place, with Geale getting cut over the right eye towards the finish.
Round two would see Geale on the canvas again, this time a Golovkin punch was the cause. Geale wasn’t badly hurt and attempted to use his feet and box the dangerous champion, as many expected would be his game plan. Golovkin however was able to cut the ring off and force the Sydney based Tasmanian onto the ropes on multiple occasions.
The power differential was evident, which was demonstrated in the third round when Geale clocked Golovkin with a solid right hand, but simultaneously the Kazakhstani connected with a right of his own which floored the Aussie.
Geale rose quickly, but with shaky legs referee Mike Ortega was forced to wave the bout off, giving Golovkin his 17th consecutive stoppage victory.
“I connected with a right and thought I was safe. I was wrong.” Geale said post fight.
Golovkin made clear his aim is to now unify world titles in the Middleweight division, offering fights to Miguel Cotto (WBC), Peter Quillin (WBO), and Aussie Sam Soliman (IBF).
He expressed special interest in a fight with Puerto Rican legend Cotto. “I respect him, I respect his style. This is the biggest fight for everybody. For TV, for my fans, for everybody. For boxing.” The hard punching Khakhstani said.