Unified IBF/IBO Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin scored a dominant seventh round stoppage over previously unbeaten IBF number one rated Middleweight contender Kamil Szeremeta on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. Golovkin dropped Szeremeta with a left hook to the head late in round one. The champion followed this by dropping his challenger with an overhand right that seemed to land behind the ear of Szeremeta in round two. Although Szeremeta was quite “Game” and got up from both knockdowns, it became clear very quickly that the challenger could not get the respect of the champion. In round four a series of left hands dropped Szeremeta for the third time. After being dropped for a fourth time by a jab in round seven, having seen seven rounds of one-sided combat, Referee Telis Assimenios promptly stopped the fight at the conclusion of round seven. Official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of round seven. Gennady Golovkin advances to 41-1-1, with 36 Knockouts. Kamil Szeremeta falls to 21-1, with 5 Knockouts.
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In a battle for the Women’s WBA Jr. Lightweight world championship undefeated two-division world champion Hyun Mi Choi outworked challenger Calista Silgado over ten rounds to earn a convincing unanimous decision victory. From the opening bell, Choi established a consistent pace and although Silgado had success in spots, she simply did not throw punches consistently to make a difference on the scorecards. Official scores were: 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93 in favor of Hyun Mi Choi. Hyun Mi Choi advances to 18-0-1, with 4 Knockouts. Calista Silgado falls to 19-12-3, with 14 Knockouts.
In a bout for the vacant IBO Super-Middleweight world championship undefeated Carlos Gongora made history by becoming the first fighter from Ecuador to win a world championship by scoring a come from behind twelfth round stoppage of previously undefeated Ali Akhmedov. What was a back and forth battle Gongora survived a barrage of punches that appeared to have him nearly out in the second round and as the fight progressed was willing to exchange with Akhmedov and held his own. Although Akhmedov seemed to be getting the better of the action, Gongora, down on the scorecards brought the fight to a sudden conclusion dropping Akhmedov with a flush left uppercut through the guard. Akhmedov was able to get to his feet, but sensing his opponent was in trouble Gongora pressed forward and scored a second knockdown with another uppercut to the head. This time Akhmedov was unable to beat the count as the count of Referee Frank Gentile was waved off midway through the count of ten. Official time of the stoppage was 1:57 of round twelve. Carlos Gongora advances to 19-0, with 14 Knockouts. Ali Akhmedov falls to 16-1, with 12 Knockouts.
Super-Middleweight contender John Ryder scored a formulaic ten round unanimous decision over Mike Guy. There simply is not much to say about this fight as the former world title challenger Ryder got ten rounds of work in against an opponent that did not offer much resistance, but did manage to go all ten rounds. Official scores were 99-91, 96-94, and 100-90 all in favor of Ryder. John Ryder advances to 28-5, with 16 Knockouts. Mike Guy falls to 12-6-1, with 5 Knockouts.
Undefeated Welterweight Reshat Mati scored a sixth round stoppage of Dennis Okoth. Mati was in control from the opening bell and showed a mix of Boxing skill and punching power throughout. The end came when Mati was able to connect with a right hand and that set off a barrage of punches that forced a stoppage. Official time was 1:18 of round six. Reshat Mati advances to 9-0, with 7 Knockouts. Dennis Okoth falls to 4-5-1, with 2 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Featherweight Jalan Walker remained undefeated by scoring a six round unanimous decision over veteran Diuhl Olguin. Official scores were: 60-64 (On all three scorecards) for Walker. Jalan Walker advances to 7-0, with 6 Knockouts. Diuhl Olguin falls to 14-16-4, with 9 Knockouts.
The main storyline of this fight was Gennady Golovkin looking to begin his second reign as a World Middleweight champion by producing a performance similar to what he established his reputation on as a “Knockout Artist.” A key part of that storyline however, was if Golovkin could produce a performance that would drum up interest in a third encounter between himself and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. While Alvarez will challenge Callum Smith for his WBA Super-Middleweight world championship tomorrow night (Saturday, December 19th) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, for his part, Golovkin did what many expected him to do, dominate and score an impressive stoppage of former European Middleweight champion Kamil Szeremeta. Now the attention will turn to Callum Smith and Saul Alvarez. We will see what happens tomorrow night.
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