By Matt Richardson and Mark Vaz at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
IBO/WBA middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) annihilated Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) with a crushing body shot in round three on Saturday night at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. A left hook to the liver put Macklin down for the count and more. Time was 1:22.
“I told you this is just a regular fight, not the biggest challenge,” said Golovkin afterward. “This is just a regular fight because I’m champion today….I want this fight (vs. Sergio Martinez). I felt great in the ring, he never hurt me. It was an easy fight for me. I want to fight against soon. Any top fighter, any champion, any belt holder….anywhere.”
Macklin, who was supposed to be Golovkin’s toughest test yet, stated “He’s the best I ever fought. He never really let me get started. It was a great shot he landed, the left hook to the body is personally one of my favorites. I tip my hat to him; he’s a great champion. He has clubbing, solid power and you can feel the weight of every punch he throws.”
Unbeaten IBO super middleweight titleholder Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (21-0-2, 13 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (17-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to a ten round draw in a non-title bout. A late rally by Oosthuizen allowed him to salvage his ’0.’ Scores were 98-92 Gonzalez, 96-94 Oosthuizen and 95-95.
Jr middleweight prospect Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KOs) scored an unpopular ten round unanimous decision over Luciano Cuello (32-3, 16 KOs). Nelson was able to use his height advantage to compile rounds in workmanlike fashion, although Cuello staggered him several times with aggressive power punching. Nelson seemed ready to go in the last round, but was able to survive until the final bell. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.
Junior middleweight Danny O’Connor (21-1, 7 KOs) sent his fans home happy by winning an eight-round unanimous decision against Hector Munoz. Munoz, sporting what appeared to be a freshly groomed Mohawk, came to fight but took too many punches while trying to get on the inside. Judges cards read 79-73, three times. Munoz, who has now dropped four of his last five matches, is 21-11-1 with 14 KOs.
122-pound hopeful Luis “The KO King” Rosa had his hands full in a more competitive fight than expected, beating Jose Angel Beranza via eight-round unanimous decision. Rosa, who had some early success banging to the body, had a point deducted in the fourth for low blows. All three judges handed in identical scores of 79-72 for the still unbeaten Rosa (14-0, 6 KOs). Beranza is now 36-27-2 with 28 wins inside the distance.
Welterweight Dusty Harrison (14-0, 7 KOs) won a dull decision in six rounds against Ben Akrah. Harrison boxed from the outside throughout the fight, keeping Ankrah off balance. Ankrah (15-15, 6 KOs) was rocked in the final ten seconds of the fourth after absorbing some flush uppercuts but was able to remain on his feet. Two judges submitted scores of 60-54 with a third judge handing in a tally of 59-55.