Golovkin stops Szeremeta, sets middleweight defense record

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Gennady Golovkin made his record 21st defensive of his middleweight titles Friday night, tearing down formerly unbeaten Kamil Szeremeta 4 times prior to their battle was stopped after the seventh round.

Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) exceeded Bernard Hopkins’ department record for title defenses and maintained his IBF and IBO 160-pound belts with a one-sided triumph in his very first battle in 14 months.

The Kazakh star ended the longest ring lack of his 14-year expert profession with a methodical taking apart of Poland’s Szeremeta (21-1) at the Seminole Acid Rock Hotel and Gambling Establishment.

The 38-year-old Golovkin accepted this obligatory title defense to return in the ring after a prolonged stretch of lack of exercise. He likewise went back to a procedure of his dominant type versus Szeremeta, who was gamely overmatched.

Golovkin began with a reliable jab that stimulated memories of his finest years in the ring, and he tore down Szeremeta with a low left hand in the last immediates of the preliminary.

Golovkin floored Szeremeta once again in the 2nd round with a disastrous right-hand man, moving crisply and landing power punches at will.

Szeremeta kept combating, however could not problem Golovkin with much of his punches. He was torn down once again in the 4th round, and Golovkin toyed with his challenger for the next 3 rounds regardless of stopping working to land a definitive punch.

Golovkin seemed tiring a little in the 6th and seventh rounds, however the referee waved off the bout after Szeremeta was not able to install any substantial attacks while taking significant damage.

Golovkin was back in the ring for the very first time because he beat Steve Rolls and Sergiy Deveryanchenko in 2019 after shooting longtime fitness instructor Abel Sanchez. Golovkin didn’t look as sharp in 2015 as he performed in his 2 notoriously close battles with Saul ”Canelo” Alvarez in 2017 and 2018.

The 31-year-old Szeremeta was Golovkin’s obligatory challenger, however he was likewise a perfect match for Golovkin if the champ wished to recover a few of his mojo. Szeremeta has just 5 blockage triumphes on his record, and he had actually combated beyond Poland simply 3 times expertly.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.