WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin once again showed why he is the most feared fighter on the planet with a devastating display against an out-of-depth Osumanu Adama in Monaco.
The 31 year-old had the Ghanaian on the canvas in the first, sixth and seventh rounds in the contest until referee Luis Pabon had seen enough of what was a one-sided clash and at times painful to watch.
Adama, 33, had limited success, but did manage to bloody Golovkin’s nose early on, although that is the only positive ‘Machine Gun’ can take away from Monte Carlo after failing to win a world title for the second time.
Golovkin now marches on to his next date on HBO later in the year where the opposition should be considerably more appealing, with Adama not given much of a chance of ending the Kazakh’s unbeaten record beforehand.
On the undercard, Jarrod Fletcher out-pointed Max Bursak (115-111 twice, 114-112) to inflict a second defeat on the Ukrainian and pick up the WBA Continental middleweight belt in the process. The win could now put the Australian on Golovkin’s mandatory radar as the fringe belt comes with a shift up the WBA rankings.
In other action, South Africa-based Ilunga ‘Junior’ Makabu made light work of Ruben Mino to score a second round knockout, whilst Roman Belaev moved to 13-0 with a unanimous points win over Dean Byrne.
The shock of the night came when Filipino Rey Loreto defeated former world champion Nkosinathi Joyi via a third round KO to pick up the vacant IBO light-flyweight title despite losing 13 of his 30 previous contests.
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