Ten greatest Golovkin knockouts ahead of Brook bout
Lee Gormley | September 5, 2016
Best Golovkin knockouts before Brook bout
London is set to play host for unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s maiden outing in the UK, as the undefeated knockout artist takes on Sheffield’s Kell Brook at the O2 Arena this Saturday night.
The 34-year-old pound-for-pound star boasts the highest KO percentage in the middleweight division’s history, and he will be confident of adding Yorkshireman Brook to his ever-growing list of stoppage victims this weekend.
‘GGG’ will take to the ring at 9/4 to halt his latest opponent inside rounds 4-6 and, ahead of the Brook bout, Coral outline the 10 best Golovkin knockouts from his devastating career so far…
Dominic Wade, 2016
Golovkin’s latest victory came in April this year, as he halted the efforts of American challenger Wade in the second round of their meeting at The Forum in California.
The Kazakh bulldozer caught the Washington native with a left hook before sending him crashing to the canvas with a monstrous straight right, which Wade wasn’t able to recover from.
Willie Monroe Jr, 2015
In his eventual sixth-round KO of Monroe Jr, ‘GGG’ had already sent his opponent to the floor with a chopping left hook, which the New Yorker was somehow able to get up form.
Although, proceedings came to an abrupt end when Golovkin hurt Monroe Jr with a flurry of punches against the ropes, the most damaging being a straight right which flew through his foe’s high guard. The referee was forced to call an end to the fight after Monroe Jr was clearly unable to continue.
Martin Murray, 2015
The reigning unified WBA Super, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titlist is currently on a rampant 22-KO streak since 2008, and of those forceful successes, it’s Liverpool’s Murray that has lasted longest in the ring with him.
Four-time world title challenger Murray battled into the 11th round of his match-up with Golovkin but, after sailing through the air from a brutal right hook and eating another vicious straight soon after, the referee intervened.
Marco Antonio Rubio, 2014
At California’s StubHub Center two years ago, ‘Triple GGG’ added Mexican fighter Rubio to his hitlist with a thunderous second-round stoppage.
Having pinned his opponent to the ropes, the Kazakh cleverly found a way past the Mexican’s guard with a thumping left hand, attacking Rubio over the top of his high held defence.
Matthew Macklin, 2013
Middleweight contender Macklin was previously seen as a stern challenger for Golovkin before their 2013 meeting, but the latter fighter soon put those ideas to bed in the third round of their Connecticut clash.
The middleweight champion used a right uppercut against Macklin while he defending against the ropes to set up his decisive blow, as he then delivered a gut-wrenching left hook to the body to end the bout.
Curtis Stevens, 2013
American contender Stevens entered his encounter with Golovkin with a big reputation for also possessing devastating power in shots, but he quickly realised what he was up against when being hurled to the canvas from a huge left hook early on.
Golovkin managed to land an incredible 56 of 100 attempted power shots in the decisive eighth round, as a late bombardment of heavy shots forced the official to step in and end Stevens’ night.
Nobuhiro Ishida, 2013
The dominant middleweight kingpin produced a brutal straight right to halt Japanese challenger Ishida in third round when the pair collided at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco. One of his finest one-punch finishes.
Lajuan Simon, 2011
Before moving on to headline cards at more extravagant venues, Golovkin was still showcasing his destructive power in front of smaller crowds in 2011, including when halting American Simon in Germany.
The man known as ‘the God of War’ has recorded five first-round stoppages in his career to date, and this one against Philadelphia-born opponent Simon was arguably his best, as he swiftly slipped to his left and unleashed a crushing left hook.
Tshepo Mashego, 2008
Another first-round KO from earlier in Golovkin’s time in the professional ranks. The Kazakh was up against South African Mashego in an eight-round encounter in Germany, but halted proceedings early with a mammoth right hand which put his opponent out cold.
Lucian Bute, 2003
‘GGG’ enjoyed an impressive amateur career too, winning a Gold medal at middleweight during the 2003 World Championships, before rallying to Silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
During his run towards World Championship success, he overcame Ireland’s Andy Lee and viciously stopped former super-middleweight champion Bute with a huge fourth-round KO. Relive that stoppage from the archives below!
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