GGG SMOKES GEALE IN THREE AT MSG
The main event at Madison Square Garden July 26th was a spirited fight for the WBA/IBO World Middleweight championship held by Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s), and former two time champion, Daniel Geale. Geale, from Australia, employed several tactics to offset Gennady’ power. He moved from side to side, used head movement, and picked his spots and landed as much as he received in the opening stanza. However, he had to work harder as the first round was four minutes long. “I did notice, but you have to prepare for everything.” Geale tripped backward over a photographer along the ropes. And he was cut by the eye. “It was a tough day at the office, eh?” Geale laughed at the post fight press conference.
In the second, Geale (30-3, 16 KO’s) was even more effective, but Golovkin maneuvered him to the ropes and a flurry of punches failed to hit the target, yet a vague right just above the back of the head dropped Geale forward to the canvas. Geale had the better of the exchanges afterward as he tried to re establish the tactics of the first. But there were bad signs. He shook his arms halfway through implying weariness with the pace. He appeared to be concerned and as the fight entered the third. He was executing well but you could sense something was going to transpire.”
Golovkin, whose high knockout percentage belies the fact that he has good footwork himself and stalks a fighter well and is very patient. His jab is good enough to set up his power shots and his chin is granite. The combination of all three aspects led to a sudden finale. Geale by the ropes was coming off more effective movement and landed a right straight down the pike that snapped Gennady’s head back, but was off center by a hair, and Golovkin without rotating, was able to counter while knocked backward slightly and his shot screamed to its target harder and Geale crumbled to the canvas. When he got up, head shaking, the referee stopped the action. “I’m so disappointed in myself.” Geale revealed. “He caught me with a good shot. I had a good gameplan, but I made one mistake and paid the penalty.”
In a WBC Heavyweight eliminator, Bryant Jennings had to make adjustments to score a close twelve round split decision over Mike Perez. Controversy reared its ugly head in the final round as Perez had a point deducted, yet one judge still had him winning the round, even with a point off, which is not possible. But on the third card, that point was the difference between a close win and a draw. Perez won 114-113, and Jennings captured the other two, 115-112 and 114-113. “I thought he was going to trade more.” Jennings divulged afterwards. “I’m an adjuster and I was prepared for every scenario.” Jennings will get a shot at the WBC champion.
The undercard had only three more fights. Dusty Hernandez-Harrison won a tactical eight round unanimous decision over Wilfredo Acuna of Nicaragua. All three judges scored it 80-72. Harrison improved to 23-0, 12 KO’s and retained his WBC Youth Welterweight. Current IBO Cruiserwright King, Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KO’s), in a non-title bout put together a great power display by stopping Anthony Caputo Smith, in the third. The opening bout saw Jr. Welterweight Julian Rodriguez knock out Yankton Southern :43 seconds into the fight. Rodriguez is now 4-0 3 KO’s.
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