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Azad Championship Report - Golovkin Destroys Macklin, Continues Middleweight Siege

Photo © Ed Diller, DiBella Entertainment
Photo © Ed Diller, DiBella Entertainment

By Stephen Tobey at ringside


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – The world champion with one of the highest knockout percentages added another knockout to his record. Gennady Golovkin, a native of Kazakhstan, defended his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organization middleweight titles with a third round knockout against Matthew Macklin of Birmingham, England on Saturday at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
 
Golovkin, 27-0 (24) dropped Macklin with a left hook to the body. Referee Eddie Cotton reached the count of 10 at 1:22 while Macklin remained on his side on the canvas. “I felt terrific,” Golovkin said. “He never hurt me and I could feel my punches hurting him. I was able to do what I wanted to do in there.”
 
Earlier in the third round, Golovkin landed a hook and an uppercut, causing Macklin to hold.
 
“It’s a different kind of power,” Macklin said. “It’s not explosive. It’s more clubbing. You can feel the weight of every punch he throws.”

Just before the end of the first round, Golovkin landed an overhand right that drove Macklin into the ropes. After the second round, Macklin’s corner attended to a small cut on the side of his left eye.
 
This was Macklin’s third bid for a world title, previously losing against Felix Sturm and recognized World Champion Sergio Martinez. He dropped to 29-5 (20).
 
Golovkin hopes to take on one of the other middleweight titleholders, without naming anyone specific.
“I want to fight again soon,” he said. “Any champion, any beltholder, anytime, anywhere.”
 
In the co-feature, super middleweights Brandon Gonzales of Sacramento, Calif. and Thomas Oosthuizen of Gauteng, South Africa fought to a 10-round draw. Peter Hary scored the bout 98-92 for Gonzales, 17-0-1 (10); Glenn Feldman scored it 96-94 for Oosthuizen, 21-0-2 (13) and Clark Sammartino scored it 95-95. Gonzales was more aggressive and had the quicker hands though he held a four-punch advantage in punches landed (164 to 160) throwing 545 to Oosthuizen’s 478. Gonzales landed more combinations while Oosthuizen landed single punches, usually when countering Gonzales.
 
“I feel I won the fight,” said Gonzales. “I landed the harder shots and I outlanded him. Unfortunately, the judges didn’t see it that way. It’s back to the drawing board.”
 
Willie Nelson of Cleveland retained his North American Boxing Federation super welterweight title, holding off a late rally from Luciano Cuello for a 10-round unanimous decision. Clark Sammartino and Frank Lombardi scored the fight 97-93 and Peter Hary scored it 96-94. Nelson improved to 21-1-1 (12). Cuello, of Madrid, Spain, dropped to 32-3 (16). Nelson landed 231 of 649 punches. Cuello landed 198 of 553.
 
In the seventh round, Cuello landed a right hand that staggered Nelson and drove him against the ropes. He followed with a left uppercut and a left hook before Nelson worked his way back to the middle of the ring and finished the round. Nelson came out and controlled most of the eighth, using his jab early in the round and holding his own in exchanges in the final minute.
 
In the 10th, Cuello rocked Nelson with another uppercut, forcing Nelson to hold. Both fighters were cut, Cuello along the right eye and Nelson on the left. An unintentional headbutt caused Nelson’s cut.
 
Junior middleweight Danny O’Connor of Framingham, Mass. won an eight-round unanimous decision over Hector Munoz of Albuquerque, N.M. All three judges at ringside scored the bout 79-73. O’Connor is 21-1 (7); Munoz is 21-11-1 (14).
 
Luis Rosa of New Haven, Conn. won an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza of Mexico City at super bantamweight. All three judges scored the bout 79-72. Rosa is now 14-0 (6); Beranza dropped to 36-27-2 (28).
 
Welterweight Dusty Harrison of Washington, D.C. outpointed Ben Ankrah of Chicago in a six-rounder. The scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. Harrison’s record is now 16-0 (9); Ankrah slipped to 17-16 (8).


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