After being dropped in the second round from a barrage of punches, the end came for Geale at the 2:47 mark of the third frame. During a heated exchange in the same round, a Geale right hand, connected, at the same time that Golovkin launched a missle of his own [right hand]. The picture perfect counter to the kisser, would put Geale on the seat of his pants once more.
Geale’s heart was never in question. He rose, badly hurt before the count of 10. However, a severe case of ’spaghetti legs’, prompted referee Michael Ortega to wave the fight off.
“I’m not ashamed to say I lost to Golovkin,” said Geale, 33, now 30-3, (16). “He’s one of the best fighters in boxing and certainly the biggest puncher in the sport. I did my best to come out strong but he was the better man tonight. I Want to thank my promoters Gary Shaw and Garrie Francisco for everything they’ve done for me and my family. I’m going to take a few weeks off and evaluate my future.”
As for a potential match up between the 32-year-old Golovkin and [Miguel] Cotto, at this juncture doesn’t seem likely. Cotto, the lineal middleweight champion, is scheduled to return to the Garden in December. But as of right now, does not have a dance partner. Prevailing wisdom suggests that Cotto will be taking a ’tune-up style’ bout, to stay busy, as all roads lead to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez next spring. Cotto-Alvarez is to big of a fight to risk not happening. Golovkin could always face the winner down the road.
In the interim, a fight between Golovkin and Martin Murray wouldn’t be a bad idea. Remember, Golovkin has yet to be truly tested. Up to now, he has faced smaller guys with limited skills. How would Golovkin fare against a physically bigger and stronger middleweight?
"I don’t think there’s anyone at 160 who can go 12 rounds with Gennady," said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, Golovkin’s promoter. "I think that 17-fight knockout streak will go on for a long time."
One quick post script, Golovkin increased his knockout ratio to 90%, which is the best among any active titleholder in boxing today.
In a snoozer between unbeaten heavyweights, Bryant Jennings, 19-0, (10) won a razor thin split decision over Mike Perez now 20-1-1, (12).
The scorecards read 115-112, and 114-113 for Jennings, which overruled the 114-113 tally for Perez.
"He wouldn’t trade with me," said Jennings of his counterpart. "I wanted him to stand and fight. I was expecting the inside action Mike Perez. It doesn’t matter to me, as long as I get the win."
It was a chess match, played at a very cautious pace. Perez had his moments early on, while Jennings performed better late. Referee Harvey Dock deducted a point from Perez in the final frame for hitting on the break. That sole point proved to be the determing factor in the contest. Otherwise, the fight would’ve been scored a split draw.
Jennings, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is now the mandatory challenger for the winner of the Bermane Stiverne-Deontay Wilder scrap, which will be scheduled soon.
Cruiserweight Ola Afolabi of London, England pummeled Anthony Caputo Smith within three rounds. Afolabi, now 21-3-4, (9) hurt Caputo in the second stanza, and dropped him twice in the third. The ringside physician, opted to call a halt to the beatdown. With the loss Smith, dropped to 15-4 (10).
Welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison off Washington D.C. , improved to 23-0, (12) after shutting out journmeyman Wilfredo Acuna, of Managua, Nicaragua, now15-15, (11) over the course of eight rounds. Scores were identical at 80-72 across the board.
In the opening bout of the evening, junior welterweight Julian Rodriguez, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey stopped Yankton Southern in 43 seconds of the 1st round.
A Rodriguez left hook to the liver spelled the end for Southern. Rodriguez upped his ledger to 5-0, (3). While Southern, of Springfield, Missouri falls to 4-6, (4).