Golovkin show to continue

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: July 27 2014, 10:05 BST

Our Simon Crawford believes WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will cruise past the challenge of Daniel Geale this weekend.

Gennady Golovkin: Looks unbeatable at the moment
Gennady Golovkin: Looks unbeatable at the moment

Who can stop the wrecking machine that is Gennady Golovkin?

If I'm being totally honest, then that is a question I'm unable to answer with any confidence at the moment.

Maybe down the line it could be talented Mexican Saul Alvarez or Carl Froch conqueror Andre Ward.

But at the moment the Kazakhstan-born puncher is arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.

The 32-year-old is 29-0 - with 26 of those wins coming inside the distance, including each of the last 16.

The former Olympic silver medallist is destructive with both hands, throws fast, accurate combinations and although his defence is not the best, so far it has never had to be.

Daniel Geale is the next in line to try and tame the beast as the two go head-to-head at New York's Madison Square Garden this weekend.

Australian Geale, 33, is no stranger to British fight fans having lost his IBF world belt to Barnet's Darren Barker in a humdinger of a scrap last summer.

All credit to him for having the melons to get in the ring with an intimidating 160lbs champion like Golovkin.

For Geale (30-2 16KOs), it's everything to gain and very little to lose as few are giving him a chance of what would be a huge upset.

Victory would undoubtedly put him back on top of the middleweight pile, but it's a serious risk so he should be commended for it.

Having said that, I don't see how he wins even though I will point out that Geale is Golovkin's toughest opponent to date in my eyes, certainly the highest in the ratings.

The man from Down Under is a pressure fighter, technically very good who has a stiff jab and fights at a fast pace.

However, he lacks a devastating punch and the fact he likes to hook leaves him open to counters which Golovkin could ruthlessly exploit.

Geale will be on the backfoot for most of the time and at some point he will have to take a big shot because everything Golovkin throws is a big shot.

How he copes will dictate how long the fight lasts, but as game as he is I feel Golovkin is just too strong for him and will make it 17 stoppages on the spin.

I do think 'Real Deal' Geale will make it competitive in the first half of the contest, but then I feel the accumulative affect of shipping so many blows will take its toll and I can see the stoppage coming just past halfway, possibly with the referee coming to the Australian's rescue.

So I'm getting on the 7/2 being offered by Paddy Power for a Golovkin win in rounds 7-9.

  • Posted at 1415 BST on 24/07/2014.