Gennady Golovkin has stopped Australia’s Daniel Geale in the third round of their middleweight world title bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Geale was given a taste of just how good the Kazakhstan boxer is, who extended his record to 30 wins from as many fights, 27 of those wins coming by knockout.
Both fighters took the first round to feel each other, however, some big late shots from Golovkin already put victory in motion and left Geale’s corner treating him for a cut between rounds.
Golovkin took control in the second round, cutting off the ring and stepping up the pressure on Geale.
He sent Geale to the canvas for the first time with a right hand in the second round, but the Australian was able to get back to his feet and continue the fight.
Late in the third round, Geale landed a right hand on Golovkin, but the world champion responded with a ferocious right hook that saw the Australian on the canvas once more.
Geale again got to his feet, but when the referee asked if he could continue he shook his head and the fight was over.
The Australian, a former middleweight world champion, went into the fight as an underdog but not without hope, with the loss taking his record to 30 wins and three losses.