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Gennadiy Golovkin Breaks Bernard Hopkins’ Title-Defense Record, Crushes Szermeta

Gennadiy Golovkin Breaks Bernard Hopkins’ Title-Defense Record, Crushes Szermeta

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Gennadiy Golovkin set the new middleweight record for title defenses, after defeating the IBF challenger, Kamil Szermeta last night.

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The 38-year old successfully retained his belt for the 21st time, knocking out the Pole in the seventh round. He was more than dominant throughout the entire match. This win saw Golovkin eclipsing Bernard Hopkins on the all-time middleweight title defense list.

Nobody expected to see the Kazakhstani fighter so convincing, especially because he hadn’t fought in 14 months, and also due to an undefeated opponent across the ring.

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Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) immediately set the tone, knocking down Szermeta (21-1, 5 KOs) at the end of the first round, making a statement on who is boss in the ring. It was a right uppercut before a strong left hook that put down the Pole on the canvas.

In total, he would drop the challenger four times before the fight ended in the seventh, once the referee in the ring intervened, stopping the contest. Golovkin’s jab would once again break Szermeta’s defense, placing him on the ground.

Throughout the fight, the champion was excellent, not allowing the rival to have any notable attacks or create any momentum whatsoever. All those who believed that GGG was on the decline following his two unsuccessful matches against Canelo Alvarez were pretty much shut down following Friday’s contest.

Golovkin’s physical shape was excellent, and it seems that his muscle tonus was the best since the start of his career.

Promoter Eddie Hearns revealed following the match that his client feels better than ever, and that there is “plenty more gas in the tank,” indicating that GGG could be involved in another matchup with Canelo Alvarez. Although Hearns didn’t specifically mention that, the entire boxing community took it as a signal that the third chapter in their rivalry is still an option.

Canelo meets Callum Smith this Saturday night, and after that, has no plans regarding future opponents. He recently became a free agent, parting ways with the Golden Boy Promotions. It was a nasty breakup, with the COVID-19 chaos causing many problems between the two sides. Eventually, there was no expected cash income, which forced Canelo to take certain steps, ultimately resulting in his lawsuit against the partners.

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Some still cast a shadow on the results of his clashes with Golovkin, claiming that the scoring judges favored the Mexican, and that he deserved to lose the match which was called a draw. The boxing fans are hoping to see him defeat Smith tonight, and after that, arranging a new fight with GGG.

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