Gennady Golovkin Obliterated Matthew Macklin With A Lethal Body Blow

Gennady Golovkin retained his WBA middleweight title at Foxwoods tonight after dispatching what was supposed to be his toughest challenger ever, Matthew Macklin. The Kazakh did so by hammering Macklin with a terrifying body shot that left the challenger flat on the floor for several minutes.

Golovkin elevated his record to 27-0, 24 of those wins by knockout. It's not hard to see why GGG's a favorite of boxing mavens, and we're happy to report that Macklin did indeed wake up from that assault to his midsection. For awhile there, it was a legitimate question. (Afterward, Macklin described Golovkin's punching power as "solid." He'd know.) [HBO]