Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) eased up at the wrong moment last Saturday night and it cost him the fight with him getting knocked out by WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) in the 3rd round at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Geale hit Golovkin with a hard right hand to the head, but he wasn’t expecting him to fire back a shot right away. Geale stood frozen looking at the reaction of Golovkin after he landed his shot, but instead of Golovkin backing away to regroup, he hit Geale right away with a right hand that knocked him down. The fight ended at that point.
“Golovkin is pretty quick,” Geale said via RingTV.com. “I think I fell into a couple of his traps. Things were going right early on. I guess that’s what happens when you relax a little bit.”
Things were never going well for Geale. He had problems from the very start of the fight him suffering a cut over his right eye after taking a hard right hand from Golovkin in the 1st round. While the cut wasn’t a serious one, it still bothered Geale enough to make him move at a quicker pace in order to avoid getting hit by additional shots from Golovin in the round.
Golovkin was definitely the faster fighter of the two in terms of hand speed, and this enabled him to land his shots frequently clean without Geale being able to get his guard up in time to block them. Geale was mostly using his quick feet and upper body to avoid Golovkin’s shots, and it worked well much of the time. Where Geale had problems is when he would stop his movement to try and land his own punches.
Golovkin took advantage of this to nail Geale with big punches mostly to the head. Geale would then take off running in order to avoid getting hit with additional big punches from Golovkin.
The fight was a near sellout in drawing over 8000 fans in an arena that was retrofitted to seat 9000 fans instead of the normal 18,200.
“I honestly thought Geale could take him to the 12th round,” said Geale’s promoter Gary Shaw. “Geale was the best that he faced. The way he took out Geale was real impressive. Geale tried to land his best punch and he got knocked out with a counter punch.”
The right hand that Geale landed in the 3rd round moments before getting knocked out was a big one, but Golovkin took it well. He wasn’t ready for the shot at the time, because Geale had been using so much movement in the round, and Golovkin looked surprised when Geale chose to throw a big punch.