Saturday, June 8th from New York, New York
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin/Steve Rolls
The “Big Drama Show” made it’s return to Madison Square Garden when Gennady “GGG” Golovkin destroyed Steve Rolls with a fourth round knockout.
Rolls (19-1, 10 KO’s) fought well in the first three rounds by landing punches here and there and covering up before Golovkin could load up to deliver a blow. All that changed in the fourth when Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO’s) delivered a corkscrew overhand left to the top of Rolls’ head that wobbled him. Rolls attempted to clinch but GGG was having none of it, pushing him off and ripping shots to the body and head that culminated with a monster left from the southpaw position to the jaw that sent Rolls face-first to the ground.
Referee Steve Mills counted to ten (which more referees should do) and waved off the fight when Rolls could not regain his feet.
“Everybody knows, everybody knows,” GGG said to the crowd about a potential trilogy fight with Canelo Alvarez. “I’m ready for September, I’m ready for Canelo. Just bring him!”
A third fight between Golovkin and Alvarez seems inevitable considering how much DAZN has invested in the two fighters. We shall see whether it takes place in September however.
Ali Akhmedov/Marcus McDaniel
GGG promoted super middleweight Ali Akhmedov stopped Marcus McDaniel in the third round on the undercard of the Golovkin/Rolls bout.
Akhemedov (15-0, 11 KO’s) looked like the much bigger and confident boxer as he backed McDaniel up during the short fight. McDaniel (15-1, 2 KO’s) was complaining early about being hit in the back of the head and the referee warned Akhmedov. The problem wasn’t that Akmedov was hitting McDaniel in the back of the head rather that McDaniel would either lower his head or turn it as a punch would be delivered.
The lowering of the head eventually hurt McDaniel in the third round as Akhmedov got McDaniel against the ropes and caught him with multiple punches plus a right hand blow to his lowered head that drove him to the canvas.
McDaniel beat the referee’s count but wobbled away from him giving the ref no choice but to wave off the fight.
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