At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, FL, Friday, over DAZN, Matchroom Boxing – Eddie Hearn and GGG Promotions – Gennadiy Golovkin presented IBF & IBO Middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin coming back after a fourteen month layoff defended his title for a record twenty-first time stopping his No. 1 IBF ranked contender Poland’s Ksamil Szeremeta at the end of seven rounds after scoring four knockdowns.
In the Main Event IBF & IBO Middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin, 41-1-1 (36), #159.2, of Karaganda, KAZ and L.A., CA, stopped Kamil Szeremeta, 21-1 (5), #159, of Bialystok, POL, after scoring four knockdowns after seven rounds with the fight being stopped.
In the first round Golovkin controlled with a jab until the last ten seconds when a left hook on the jaw dropped Szeremeta for an 8-count at the bell. In the second round an overhand right from Golovkin on the left ear of Szeremeta and down he went for another 8-count from referee Assimenios with forty seconds left in the round. In the third round again with forty seconds to go in the round Golovkin landed a solid right on the chin hurting Szeremeta. In the fourth round with a minute left in the round a double left hook from Golovkin on the chin of Szeremeta and down he went for a third 8-count.
In the sixth rounds final seconds Golovkin hurt Szeremeta with a right on the chin. In the seventh round after one minute a double jab from Golovkin on the chin dropped Szeremeta for an 8-count. Between rounds the referee Assimenios waved the fight off with no complaints from the Szeremeta corner.
“I am quiet and I felt very comfortable, time and good people supporting me. I respect Kamil, his corner,” said Golovkin. “I thought he was fantastic especially after a fourteen month layoff. He looks younger than me and you (interviewer) combined. He can right whoever he wants. He and Canelo would be a great third fight if he is successful tomorrow night against Callum Smith,” said his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Super Middleweight Ali Akhmedov, 16-1 (12), #167.4, of KAZ and Henderson, NV, was knocked out by Carlos Gongora, 19-0 (14), #167.2, of Ecuador and Boston, MASS, at 1:57 of the twelfth and final round for the vacant IBO Super Middleweight title.
In the second round Akhmedov landed a right cross followed by a left hook to the chin of Gongora having him hurt early in the round. Gongora managed to get through the round on unsteady legs. In the sixth Akhmedov landed rights to the chin of Gongora throughout the round. In the seventh round Akhmedov was cut under the right eye from a Gongora left.
In the eighth round Gongora dominated the first two minutes of the round with left uppercuts to the chin. In the final minute Akhmedov bounced back hurting Gongora with rights to the chin. Just prior to the final minute of the round Gongora landed three punches to the chin of Akhmedov hurting him. In the twelfth and final round a pair of left uppercuts from Gongora on the chin of Akhmedov dropped him halfway through the round and in the final minute. He couldn’t get up from the second knockdown as referee Frank Gentile waved it off. This judges had Akhmedov ahead enough to take the decision even if he lost the final round at the stoppage as did the writer had Akhmedov in front 106-103 going into the final round.
“First of all I want to thank God for the opportunity. For everyone in Ecuador we do have a champion. I’m a boxer. I’m a warrior I was looking to land the uppercut in the final round and it happened,” said Gongora.
Super Middleweight southpaw John “The Gorilla” Ryder, 29-5 (16), #170.2, of Islington, London, UK, easily defeated Mike “The Menance” Guy, 12-6-1 (5), #168.2, of Sacramento, CA, over 10 rounds.
In the first five rounds Ryder followed Guy around the ring for the most part landing more punches mostly to the body. In the seventh round’s final fifteen seconds Ryder landed a left uppercut to the chin of Guy having him hurt and holding until the bell. In the tenth and final round in the final seconds Guy landed a right on the chin of Ryder, his best punch of the fight and possibly the only round won.
Scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 96-94 with this writer 99-91.
In co-Main Event Super Featherweight Hyun “Defector Boxer Girl” Mi Choi, 18-0 (4), #130, of Seoul, S. Korea, defeating and defending her world title with a decision over Calista “Cali” Silgado, 19-12-3 (14), #131, of Tolu, COL, over10 solid rounds, for the WBA World Female Super Feather Title that only Choi could win due to Silgado not making weight.
In the first rounds final half minute a right from Choi (making her US debut) on the chin of Silgado hurt her. In the second round Choi hurt Silgado near the end of the first minute with a right on the chin. It turned out the bell sounded making it a one minute round. In the fourth round there was a clash of heads. Choi had been dishing out quite a bit of punches up until then.
In the sixth round both boxers let it all hang out with Silgado having her best round. In the seventh round it was another slugfest with Choi getting the best of it. In the eighth round Silgado landed a combination near the end of the first minute rocking Choi. In the ninth round Choi did well until the final ten seconds when Silgado landed a hard right on the chin of Choi. In the tenth and final round it was a slugfest to the bell.
Scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 with this writer 98-92.
Welterweight Reshat “The Albanian Batman” Mati 9-0 (7), #146.6, of Staten Island, NY, stopped Dennis Okoth, 4-5-1 (2), #147, of Siaya, Kenya, and Silver Springs, MD, at 1:18 of the 6th and final round.
In the first three rounds Mati took all three with the third close. He used a jab for the most part. In the fourth and fifth rounds Mati started moving and countering Okoth. In the sixth and final round Okoth looked down at his right leg as if hurt. Mati jumped on him with a flurry of unanswered punches having Okoth against the ropes until referee Telis Assimenios waved it off.
“I ended up injuring both of my hands in the first round. I hit him with an overhand right and he looked down as if looking for his mouthpiece. My corner yelled to get on him and I did,” said Mati.