Boxing: 3G Gennady Destroys Challenger Geale
Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin destroyed Geale
What else could we say about Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin, 30-0, 27 knockouts, who was defending his 2 world Titles, W.B.A./I.B.O. Middleweight Crowns, except that he came, he saw, and he conquered, knocking out Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale, 2:47 seconds of the 3rd round.
His 17th straight k.o. occurred at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, N.Y., this date Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Despite the fact that Geale was Gennady’s most formidable opponent to date and that he-Geale-was a former 3 time world champ, was not a factor in this “easy” early knockout scored by Gennady.
From the first bell you could almost sense the dominant presence of Gennady as he stalked Geale cutting off the ring and hitting him accurately with punches to his head and body.
Geale fought well as per his “gutsy” hit and run style and actually scored good hard punches on Gennady but they did not deter this middleweight machine of destruction who kept throwing hard hurting punches in combinations knocking Geale down in the 2nd round. Geale complained to referee Mike Ortega that he was hit in the back of the neck, but his complaint was ignored and he was given the standard regulatory 8 count.
Reviewing the instant replay on the screen, it showed that Geale’s complaint was legit, 3G did hit him on the back of the neck, but he was not penalized, because it was not intentional.
Geale already suffering from a cut on his right eyebrow, attacked Gennady at the start of the 3rd round with bad intentions hitting him with a series of punch combinations which seem to turn the beginning of that round in his favor.
At approximately 2 minutes of the round Geale and Gennady exchanged vicious right hand punches, both connected but the most devastating one was Gennady’s counter-punch followed by a left hook that knocked Geale down for the second time. Getting up on unsteady legs, and now bleeding from his nose as well as his right eye, he indicated to the referee that he could not continue, and the fight was stopped. So Gennady’s toughest opponent became knockout victim number 27 and 17th in a row.
During the post-fight interview Gennady Golovkin expressed relief that he was able to concentrate and defeat Geale because just a few months earlier he had lost his father, Gennady, due to a severe stroke, and he had to stop training, and attend the mourning which traditionally is a long time.
“But, although I miss him-we were very close-I am back now to concentrate on my boxing career, this is my life, and he’ll always be with me, " stated a very happy Gennady.
Gennady, who made his Broadway debut in the hit play, “Rocky”, further stated that “I want to unify all of the existing middleweight titles starting with a mega fight with current Ring Magazine & W.B.C. Champion, Miguel Cotto,” causing the almost 14, 000 fans in attendance to “roar” in approval.
The semi-final was a dismal disappointment due to the fact that it was supposed to “produce” a bona-fide number 1 opponent for the up-coming heavyweight championship fight between Bermaine “B-Ware” Stiverne, W.B.A. Heavyweight Champ and Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder.
Bryan “By-By” Jennings, 18-0, 10 k.o.’s and his opponent Mike “The Rebel” Perez, 20-0-1, 12 knockouts, did not present any justification to be considered for any title fight.
Their “fight” was more like a W.W.F. wrestling match, with one or the other hugging one another from round to round during the entire 12 little action rounds.
From the very first bell, Jennings seemed to be intimidated by Perez the stronger and heavier of the 2, but then after Perez seemed to tire around the 5th round Jennings became the busier fighter, hitting Perez with several punches but they clinched or wrestled most of the fight causing the fans to boo repeatedly, obligating the referee to constantly separate them throughout the fight.
When the fight was over which I called a draw, the eventual winner was Jennings by a split decision. Judge Tom Schreck voted for Perez-114/113, while the other 2 judges, Don Pasquale, Herb Feldman scored 115/112 & 114/113 for Jennings.
The deciding factor was that referee Harvey Dock deducted 1 point from Mike Perez for hitting on the break in the 12th round, and that 1 point gave Jennings the victory; a gift.
Sadly, we still don’t see a cadre of “prime-time” heavyweights to this day in the United States so as to be able to bring our heavyweight titles back “home”.
This fight was billed as a “W.B.C. Heavyweight Title Eliminator”, and in my opinion they -Perez & Jennings- actually eliminated themselves from any title fight consideration, what a pity.
The rest of the fight card produced some very exciting future stars in the boxing circle, such as Junior Welterweight Julian Rodriguez , 4-0, 3 k.o.’s, knocking out Yankton Southern with a horrific left hook to the body, at :43 seconds of the 1st round.
Another good fighter Ola Afolabi, London, England, scored an impressive knockout at the end of the 3rd. round, over a strong, game, but outclassed, Anthony Caputo Smith in a Cruiserweight-190 lb.-contest.
Dusty Hernandez, 23-0, 12 k.o.’s another standout from Washington, D.C., in the 147 pound division, won his first World Title-W.B.C. Youth Welterweight Crown-by a unanimous 8 round decision over Wilfredo Acuna from Managua, Nicaragua. It was an 80 to 72 shut-out on all of the 3 Judge’s score cards which concurred with my score sheet.
“This crown is the first of many I hope to win in my boxing career” stated the happy and super confident new champ, Hernandez.
It was a good fight card with some obvious disappointments, so as “die-hard” fight fans we look forward to the next fights which will mean going over to New Jersey, Saturday, August 2, 2014, to see Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, W.B.O. Light Heavyweight Champion, 24-0-1, 22 k.o.’s defend his title against, Blake “Il Capo” Caparello, Australia, 20-0-1, 6 knockouts. The fight will be held at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
On H.B.O. on the same night, unless you are going to the Cosmopolitan Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, you will see the return of exciting slugger, and former world champ, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, 31-2-1, 23 knockouts, challenge Diego “La Joya”-the Gem- Chavez, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, 23-1, 19 k.o.’s, in a Welterweight match.
These gladiators Rios and Chavez are knockout artists perhaps on the same punching level , as Triple G, so don’t blink nor go the “fridge” or you will miss a war of fistic attrition.
In Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Barclays Center, you will see Danny Garcia, 28-0, 16 knockouts, defend his 140 pound crown against Rod Salka, 18-2, 3 k.o.’s, plus 2 other world championship fights.
Until the next time my Black Star News readers, please feel free to comment on the stories, “pro or con”, so that we can then debate.