Longtime IBF Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (41-1-1, 35 KOs) battered previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta (21-1, 5 KOs) for seven rounds before the inevitable halt on Friday night behind closed doors at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Golovkin’s power was immediate, dropping Szeremeta at the end of the first round with a left hook which set the tone for the rest of the bout. Golovkin shook Szeremeta with a straight right hand before Szeremeta once again found himself on the canvas courtesy of a with a chopping right hand in the second.
The mis-match continued in the third, Golovkin using his brilliant jab to offset all the movements of the challenger but to his credit he did stay upright, albeit momentarily.
A short left hook dropped Szeremeta’s for the third time in the fourth before the seventh brought the curtain down on the contest. Golovkin this time using a jab to fall Szeremeta as referee Telis Assimenios made the decision to wave the white flag for the challenger.
With the win, Golovkin broke his deadlock with Barnard Hopkins for most middleweight title defenses (21).
“I told you I would come back after the Canelo fight, I’m still smart and I needed time,” Golovkin said. “Not a big surprise (with his accuracy). I feel very comfortable. I had a lot of time. I felt my jab. I felt my power. I respect Kamil’s trainer and I respect Kamil’s corner, but he was done, come on guys.”
Golovkin was coy on his next opponent, simply saying “I’m open for anybody (next), the best for business, for the DAZN, for me,” Golovkin said