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Gennady Golovkin dominates again

Tonight in Monte Carlo, world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin made another easy defence of his title when he bludgeoned Ghanaian challenger, Osumanu Adama, to defeat in seven rounds.  This was the main event of an entertaining card put together by South African Rodney Berman and his Golden Gloves promotional outfit.

We did not learn anything new about Golovkin, 29-0 (26), in this fight, neither was he asked any questions he had not been asked before.  Challenger Adamu, 22-4 (16), should not realistically be ranked inside the world’s top 20 middleweights.  Indeed, he was well beaten by Australian Daniel Geale in a previous challenge for a major belt in March 2012.  How then was he ever going to beat the masterful Golovkin?  That being said, he did put up a very brave performance and took the champion into the seventh round, despite being floored heavily in the first, before being rescued by the referee. 

Golovkin came out smoking, seemingly intent on scoring an early victory.  He cut the distance sharply on his opponent and went to work early with his pinpoint accurate shots.  The round was punctuated by the knockdown, which really came from a left jab, although a right hand whilst Adama was on his way down helped him fall.  The African beat the count and survived the round.  He then went on to survive several more rounds, actually landing a fair share of his jabs as the champion stalked him.  The fourth and fifth rounds, in particular, were notable, as in the fourth Adamu brought blood from Golovkin’s nose and then in the fifth, he landed a forceful straight right hand flush on the chin of Golovkin as the champion was pulling away.  Unfortunately, this did not even have the effect of making Golovkin blink.  How dispiriting that must have been for Adamu.

Despite Adamu hanging around, it was taking all of his grit, determination and mental energy to survive the constant forward movement and sharp punches of Golovkin.  In the sixth round Adamu started to show early signs of exhaustion and was floored with a superb left hand combination, uppercut followed by hook, neither of which travelled more than eight inches.  The writing now was so obviously on the wall and it seemed that Adamu’s corner could have rescued him at the end of this round.  It was not to be though and he came out for the seventh, being floored almost straight away by a left jab.  He was on his last legs and thankfully referee Luis Pabon stepped in after another combination from Golovkin had Adamu stumbling backwards on his heels.  Pabon has come in for a lot of criticism over the past couple of  years, but his stoppage tonight was perfectly-timed.

In the post-fight interview, Golovkin again stated his willingness to fight “anyone”, replying definitively in the positive if asked whether he would shrink down to 154 pounds to fight Floyd Mayweather.  This is a moot point as Mayweather will not enter the same state as Golovkin, let alone the same ring.  Perusing the middleweight rankings, the only realistic opponent for Golovkin would be Sergio Martinez.  However, Martinez is another fighter who has no intention of taking on the fearsome Kazakh.  It might take a move up to super-middleweight to get Golovkin the sort of challenge he needs.

The co-feature on tonight’s card was another middleweight fight, but the quality on show was far lower than in the main event.  Australia’s Jarrod Fletcher, 18-1 (10), put his shattering September 2012 two round defeat to Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders firmly behind him by scoring the best win of his professional career to date, closely outpointing European champion Max Bursak, 29-2-1 (12), in a foul-filled 12-rounder.  Neither fighter impressed and the verdict could feasibly have gone either way.  However, the fact that Fletcher was in the “home” corner and referee Stanley Christodolou had taken two points from Bursak’s score for various fouls, was an indicator of which way the verdict was going to go.

Bursak actually started the fight well, looking that bit tougher and stronger on the inside, as Fletcher struggled to get his jab going.  The first point deduction came in the second round after Bursak punched Fletcher on the back of the head.  As the fight wore on, Fletcher’s better boxing started to shade the rounds and, really, there was nothing between them for the rest of the fight.  It was Fletcher’s jab against Bursak’s better close-up game.  The thing that will be most remembered about this fight though was the holding and mauling which occurred in every round.  The referee obviously considered Bursak to be the main offender, as he took another point from his score in the eleventh round for pushing Fletcher to the canvas.  Fletcher also sustained a cut over each eye, both from unintentional head clashes.  It was messy indeed.

After having the point deducted in the eleventh, Bursak was spurred into action, realising that he might be in danger of losing the fight.  He won that round and also the twelfth, to snatch a close victory on my card.  However, the judges all agreed that it was Fletcher who had done enough, two scoring 115-111 and the other 114-112 in his favour.  The big finish by Bursak would indicate that with a bit more effort he could have won this fight.  Regardless of the winner, neither fighter should be allowed anywhere near Gennady Golovkin.  Bursak was highly ranked with three of the governing bodies though and this victory should put Fletcher in the title picture.  On this showing, those fans looking for the next Australian world champion should not hold their breath.

The promoter’s light-flyweight Nkosinathi Joyi, 24-3 (17), on the comeback trail after experiencing two shock defeats in his prevoius four fights, suffered another catastrophic loss on this card.  He boxed well enough in the first round of his scheduled 12-round fight against Filipino Rey Loreto, 18-13 (10), and was dominating the second when towards the end of that round he was caught and badly hurt by Loreto.  Joyi ended the round trapped in a corner taking heavy head shots and was clearly saved by the bell.  Another 10 seconds and he would have been down and out.  Joyi wobbled back to his corner but had not recovered by the time the third round started, being poleaxed by a straight left from the rampaging southpaw Loreto.  This must surely signal the end of Joyi’s period at the top level.  It is unfortunate that inactivity blighted his career whilst he was at his peak.

There were also victories on the card for Congolese cruiserweight, Ilunga Makabu, 16-1 (15), who flattened fat Argentinian, Ruben Mino, 20-1 (20), in two rounds and promising Russian welterweight Roman Belaev, who widely outpointed Ireland’s Dean Byrne to go to 13-0 (10).  Makabu’s opponent looked like something out of a circus, being built like a massive doughball, and surely standing no more than 5″6 inches.  It was almost comical to watch but Makabu treated Mino with the contempt he deserved, wasting no time in getting him out of there – a double southpaw left hand scoring the first knockdown and then a left hand round the side, which was little more than a cuff, putting him down and out.

Belaev showed promise against Byrne, who just did not punch hard enough to dissuade the crouching Russian from getting close and landing his hard hooks.  Byrne took something of a sustained beating, but fought back all the way right to the final bell.  Two of the judges had it 119-109 and the other 120-106, all for Belaev.  The scores were correct but despite the wide margins the fight was always absorbing to watch.