It took Golovkin four rounds to showcase his power and knock out Steve Rolls in the main event of a DAZN card from the Garden, home to several of Golovkin's best wins in the United States. Andy Ruiz' shocking upset of Anthony Joshua last week, prompted the unheralded Rolls to speak of his chances with far more confidence than in previous weeks, months - leading up to the fight.
With a nine-month layoff and coming off his first pro loss, spectators were anxious to see what Golovkin had left in the tank and whether a third fight against Canelo would even make sense. In the second, Rolls (10-1) hit him with a left hook and a left jab that snapped Golovkin's head back.
Reminiscent of the Marco Antonio Rubio knockout back in October of 2014, Golovkin landed a chopping shot on the top of the head, which sent Rolls into another dimension.
Golovkin, 37, with a 39-1-1 (35 by knockout) record, is a former unified middleweight world champion with World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organisation titles. The wobbly-kneed Rolls staggered backwards and then tried unsuccessfully to get Golovkin in a clinch. Many people would say, absolutely. "I told my coach, "OK I see it now, I see, I just need a little bit of time".
He went on to add that he believes Canelo will take the fight: "I believe". Just ask him, I'm ready. "Let me tell you I'm somebody that works very hard to be here, to be in this position".More news: With iOS 13, You Can Know Where The Apps Tracked You
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Talking who his next opponent should be Golovkin said that "everybody knows".
When asked if he'd prefer to have the rubber match in NYC, Golovkin quickly responded, "I want, I want".
And the contest was the first of a six fight deal between GGG and streaming service DAZN.
Golovkin's fight against Steve Rolls figured as the first without his longtime trainer Abel Sanchez, with whom he grew dissident over time.
"Right now I feel completely different because I came back to my knockout".