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Gennady Golovkin and Gabriel Rosado threw down in New York City tonight, with Golovkin winning on a corner stoppage over seven brutal rounds on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Gabriel Rosado came to fight, and as a result, his blood stained the ring and everything else in New York City, as Gennady Golovkin dominated en route to a seventh round stoppage, remaining unbeaten and retaining his WBA middleweight title.
Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO) opened up Rosado (21-6, 13 KO) in the second round, a nasty cut near the left eye that only got worse as the fight went on, as the Kazakh bruiser targeted it nicely. Rosado also wound up bleeding from the nose and possibly his lip, as he was hammered by right hands and powerful jabs from Golovkin, whose power was the obvious difference in the fight.
Rosado did have moments, landing some good right hands here and there, and he gave Golovkin some lumps on the face, as well. But Rosado won one round of the fight if any, and he was just outclassed in an admirable attempt to score a huge upset.
The fight could have been stopped during or after the sixth, but as the seventh round went on and Golovkin continued to brutalize his foe, Rosado's trainer Billy Briscoe put a stop to the fight, telling Rosado's father, "I've got to stop this fight. Your son's gonna die." It was a moment of extreme emotion, and Briscoe made the right call to halt the bout. Both fighter and trainer deserve respect for their performances, as does Golovkin, of course.
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