Gennadiy Golovkin knocks out Steve Rolls in Four at Madison Square Garden
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: June 09, 2019
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – At the world’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) made his sixth appearance in the Garden against Canada’s Steve Rolls (19-1, 10 KOS) making his return following the first defeat of his professional career.
In front of a crowd of 12, 357 fans Golovkin scored an emphatic fourth-round knockout over Rolls with a well-timed left cross.
The match started well for Rolls, who was relatively unknown before the fight, as he had his moments landing some right hands. The second round could have been scored for Rolls who landed the most eye-catching punches of the round with a left cross that sent the former Middleweight champion’s head back.
Fans and pundits alike were looking forward to seeing any changes that Golovkin may have made with new trainer Johnathan Banks. Before the bout Banks spoke on improving Golovkin’s punch volume as he rarely worked the mitts with his former trainer, Abel Sanchez.
While four-rounds wasn’t enough to see any vast improvements or differences that Banks may have had on Golovkin, one noticeable thing was the return of body punching to the Kazakhstani’s arsenal.
Golovkin throughout each round landed body punches that set up left hooks and right hands up top. The end of the bout came at the halfway point of the fourth-round when Golovkin landed his patented overhead left hook that visibly stunned Rolls.
Golovkin then switched stances to the southpaw position and landed a left cross that left Rolls face first on the canvas. The Canadian was unable to beat the referee’s ten count forcing referee Steve Willis to put a stop the bout at the 2:09 mark of the fourth round.
The hope for Golovkin and a majority of boxing fans is that a third fight between Golovkin and rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes place later this year. Both men are now signed exclusively to the DAZN streaming platform, which will hopefully assist in making a third fight happen.
(Featured Photo: Jose Miranda for Frontproof Media)