Golovkin v Geale: Time Itself Stood Still

Time itself stands still.

And that just gave Gennady Golovkin another chance to hit Daniel Geale.

After having just been tagged with a clean, full extension right-hand from the now desperate Australian fighter, Golovkin’s response was crystal clear.

Immediate. Brutally violent. Powerfully concussive recrimination.

He didn’t even allow Geale the pyrrhic victory of moving past his seemingly best moment, in what by then had become, a desperate fight for survival. Didn’t even allow him to reset his feet.

Golovkin’s violent frequency was so attuned to every concussive opportunity being made available … He was the one who cleverly set his feet in the moment of absorbing Geale’s clean right hand to the chops.

He was the one who, far from reeling, instead torqued his upper body to unleash an unorthodox, but contrary to many reports, entirely balanced, clean right-hand of his own. He caught Geale flush on the chin, sending him down for the second and ultimately decisive time, as Daniel bravely bounced back to his feet, but couldn’t get his legs under him.

The reeling Australian was saved by the ref and Golovkin could celebrate successful Middleweight Title defence, number 11. It was a terrifyingly clinical execution, from a fighter who seemingly revels in discovering within himself, the pugilistic excellence required for comprehensive AND exciting victory.

Especially when it is expected to be difficult. The harder the better seems like.

And it was plenty good against Geale, right from the first bell. Golovkin used the first round to do two things:

1) Make Geale move … A lot.
2) Make sure his own footwork became attuned to Geale’s preferred pattern of movement.

That was why it didn’t take long in Round 2 for Golovkin to press Geale on the ropes and hammer him to the floor. He knew where Geale was headed before he got there, then made sure he had no way out but down.

Geale’s intestinal fortitude and will to win were blowing futilely against the tempest of Golovkin’s malevolent intent. Strong enough to get him to the end of the round, he was nonetheless reminded of the price he had still to pay by a sharply timed left uppercut from Golovkin, to close out the round.

So by the end of Round 3 Geale was desperate to find a way into the fight. His own characteristic integrity did not allow him to think in terms of otherwise. And in enduring the pressure of the GGG juggernaut, Geale hit him as clean as he has ever been hit in his career.

Geale answered the most exacting questions of his professional boxing career with a true heart and an unwavering resolve. Only to be wholeheartedly re-interrogated by undisputed evidence of greatness.

That is what Golovkin vs Geale was ultimately about.

I don’t buy into talk of Geale being ‘exposed’, or Monday’s experts’ avowals of mediocrity, on Twitter. Geale did what he could do, in the face of an insurmountable wave created by the ‘perfect storm’ of Golovkin’s skill, will and power.

There is no shame in that for Daniel Geale. Nor should there be any weak revisionistic ‘expertise’ with respect to Golovkin’s achievement. Geale did what he could with the toughest opponent of his career. Golovkin likewise. One man is a proven champion. Nothing can take that away.

GGG may just be boxing’s next ‘Hero of Ages’. And one prepared to take on all-comers. That’s a combination the sport sorely needs.


  1. Tony Robb says

    i cant recall a fight where the counter punch was delivered while still reacting to the initial hit. I’m fairly sure that GGG’s head was still facing away when he launched the bit right. The boy can fight and is as balanced a fighter as anyone I can remember since Sugar Ray Robinson. Still, I would have enjoyed a few more rounds for my $39 as the fight basically fitted into the evening sports news. The heavy weight prelim was dreadful

  2. craig dodson says

    Great review. Good on Geale for having the guts to take on the best, many fighters would have not taken on the challenge. No shame in losing at all. Will be interesting to see what Geale does next. He has won his belts / made his money so I hope he walks away content with his lot.

  3. Well said Gregor.

  4. The People's Elbow says

    This is flat out frightening.

    GGG is a beast. Scary.

  5. The simple difference in punching power.
    Geale didn’t move after the punch landed. I reckon he thought Golovkin was going to fall over.
    Golovkin reminds me much of Kostya Tszyu…

  6. Gregor Lewis says

    It WAS unique Tony.

    Both in terms of the scarcity of skillful counterpunching exponents, in contemporary boxing.

    And wrt to the absolute recovery, immediately followed by a concussively conclusive ending.

    The closest modern day analogue I can think of is James Toney’s cruiserweight title-winning performance against Vasily Jirov around about 2003/4.

    Although that was a case of cumulative, rather than immediate effect. (Either way, a fight well worth watching if you can track it down).

    As for the prelim, For those who watched the opening fight in the main telecast … And perhaps Canelo vs Lara the other week …

    That is the difference between fighting to win & ‘boxing not to lose’.

    -Thanks Craig.
    More power to Daniel. As you say, he’s done it all.

    If he decides to continue, there are some good local matchups, depending on upcoming results in the USA, ironically enough.

    Sam Soliman is being seriously touted as GGG’s most likely next opponent – both for having a Title belt & being currently unaligned in the HBO vs Haymon ‘Cold War’, between the man fast becoming boxing’s most influential manager and the sport’s most invested TV Network.

    Daniel Dawson fights for a ‘Title’ soon, against Danny Jacobs.

    If either of these guys wins, Geale is a lucrative local option for them to defend against. If, as expected, both lose, once again Geale looms large in a lucrative local losers’ bracket to be fought-out here … for another crack there – be it USA, GB, or Europe – wherever events dictate it be.

    -Cheers Dips.
    Pour a few drops of vino out in honour of the effort of our own contemporary gladiator.

    -PE, its a veritable ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Thunderbolts & Lightning … Very, Very Frightening!
    Mama Mia indeed.

    -IM, Mate, quite apart from the facial approximation, GGG’s uncompromisingly inexorable demeanour in the ring is indeed ‘Tszyu-like’. What’s better for me, is his unwavering dedication to investing in some seriously hurtful body-punching.

    GGG regularly makes use of all the bells & whistles in his Championship Package, never favouring a single element to the exclusion of others.


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