Gennady Golovkin showed he has lost none of his touch in a violent return to boxing after 14 months out of the ring.The 38-year-old legend was far too powerful for Kamil Szeremeta, handing the Polish fighter the first defeat of his professional career as he failed to deal with the huge step up in class.
Golovkin defended his middleweight title for a history-making 21st time, notching the 41st win of his career via TKO when the referee stopped the fight after seven rounds.
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Golovkin dropped his opponent in the opening two rounds and there were fears Szeremeta might not even make it to the third. It was one-way traffic as the Kazakh star unleashed a barrage of body blows that heaped pain on the other man.
Another knockdown followed in the fourth round as Golovkin maintained the rage. Szeremeta just didn’t stand a change.
“Szeremeta being beaten to a pulp here,” one of the commentators said. “His skill level just pales in comparison to one of the greats.”
Boxer Ramla Ali tweeted: “GGG is just destructive.”
A vicious jab dropped Szeremeta for the fourth time and when the bell sounded to end the seventh round, the referee waved things off with no complaints from Szeremeta’s camp.
Golovkin landed 228 punches compared to just 59 from Szeremeta.
Veteran boxing scribe Dan Rafael was furious at the lopsided match-up, in which the IBF made Szeremeda a mandatory challenger, meaning Golovkin would have been stripped of his title had he not fought him.
“Every time GGG touches him with a power shot he is rocked. This guy is a pathetic mandatory,” Rafael tweeted.
“Easy work. He’s beating the s**t out of this dude, who had never faced a remotely decent opponent before tonight … taking an absolute beating.
“Szeremeta can’t fight at all. It’s an absolute destruction. IBF should be f***ing ashamed making this dude mandatory. He’s taking a life altering beating.
“Massive mismatch of the highest order.
“SHAME on IBF for making Szeremeta mandatory.”
ABC broadcaster Corbin Middlemas echoed Rafael’s thoughts. “I think we’re done here, Golovkin bashing over-matched mandatory Szeremeta,” he said midway through the fight.
“These are the worst moments in boxing, opponent too tough for his own good & no obvious opportunity for ref stoppage.”
Combat sports analyst Luke Thomas said Golovkin looked “awesome” as he made Szeremeta’s life miserable.
“The instant Szeremeta throws *anything*, GGG just unloads. No setups. No feints. Just sitting there waiting for a jab or anything else and then setting this dude on fire,” Thomas tweeted.
“What an awful place to be.”
Combat sports writer Andreas Hale said “every GGG punch landed takes about 3 weeks off of Szeremeta’s career”, such was the vicious beating on show.
Ryan Mouton described the one-sided affair as “hot garbage” and Golovkin barely broke a sweat. Commentators were in consensus Golovkin was merely playing around, and the only reason the fight didn’t end sooner was because he was cruising.
Golovkin looked so good after a 440-day lay-off — the longest break of his career — that a trilogy fight against fierce rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may be on the cards.

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