By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Thursday at the Sport Complex “Daulet” in Astana, Kazakhstan, reigning WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) retained his world crown with a triumph in round three over the Colombian Nilson Tapia (14-3-1, 10 KOs).
In a fast paced first round with Golovkin stalking and looking for openings and Tapia not taking any steps back, the bout was materializing into a fan friendly fight. Both landed their share but Golovkin’s more powerful punches started to mark up the right side of Tapia’s face.
In the second round both fighters were trying to land uppercuts on the inside, the pace intensified and Golovkin’s more powerful punches began to wear down Tapia, hurting him several times.,
By the third round, Tapia was in retreat, making it easier for Golovkin, who started to land more frequently rocking Tapia with left hands and right hooks. In the middle of the round, an uppercut and hook combo drove Tapia to the ropes where Golovkin continued to pound away. Finally Golovkin landed a left hook to the liver and Tapia sunk to the canvas where he was counted out by the referee at 2:44 of the third round.
A big thank you to Abel Sanchez for filing us in on more details.