Gennady Golovkin def. Matthew Macklin by KO round 3 1:22
If this fight was meant to be a test for Gennady Golovkin, then he passed with flying colors. In a fight that many felt would be the toughest of Golovkin's career, the powerful boxer had absolutely no trouble dispatching of Matthew Macklin. From the opening bell, Golovkin was the more aggressive fighter, landing more punches and with significantly greater power. By the end of round 1, Golovkin already had Macklin staggered against the ropes. The attack continued in round 2.
In round 3, Golovkin closed the show with a picture perfect left hook to the body. Golovkin set it up perfectly, trapping Macklin against the ropes, creating the opening with an uppercut, then blasting the body with a hook to the liver. The tough Macklin went down hard and didn't even come close to making it back to his feet.
Post-fight, Max Kellerman asked about the possibility of Golovkin vs. Sergio Martinez, though Golovkin didn't directly address the possibility. Whether that happens next or not, one thing is clear - Gennady Golovkin is undeniably for real.
Gifs of the night's action appear below, courtesy of Zombie Prophet. Seriously, that's a beautiful fight-ending combo:
GOLOVKIN VS. MACKLIN GIFS: