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Tommy draws, Golovkin triumphs

Tommy Oosthuizen drew with Brandon Gonzales and Gennady Golovkin stopped Matthew Macklin in the third round in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Saturday night.

Oosthuizen pulled out all the stops in the last few rounds of his non-title super-middleweight bout against the undefeated American to maintain his own unbeaten record.

The 25-year-old South African won 96-94 on one card and lost 92-98 on another. The third judge scored it 95-95.

Oosthuizen, in his fourth bout in the United States, ran into stiffer opposition than he probably expected. His record improved to 21-0-2, with 13 knockouts. Gonzales now stands at 17-0-1; 10.

RON JACKSON writes that Oosthuizen, the IBO super-middleweight champion, seemed rather fortunate to come away with a draw in the ten-round fight.

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The 25-year-old Oosthuizen enjoyed a big height and reach advantage but battled to keep the smaller Gonzales on the outside.

After a quiet opening round Gonzales, 29, out-jabbed his more fancied opponent through the next five rounds as the southpaw South African battled to get into the fight. Gonzales landed straight rights that snapped Oosthuizen’s head back at times.

However, Oosthuizen changed his tactics through last four rounds. It made Gonzales lunge and miss, failing to penetrate Oosthuizen’s guard as in the earlier rounds. This probably influenced two of the judges.

It has been mentioned that Oosthuizen could challenge IBF champion Carl Froch or even WBC and WBA champion Andre Ward. But on this performance he is a long way from ready to take on opponents of their calibre.


In the main bout, Golovkin cemented his reputation as one of the finest boxers in the world. He knocked out his British opponent 1 minute 22 seconds into the third round.

Macklin, a veteran of more than 30 professional fights, ran into a body shot that took all the fight out of him as the undefeated IBO and WBA middleweight champion improved his record to 24 knockouts in 27 bouts.

Macklin, who dropped to 29-5, with 20 knockouts, seemed out of his depth as Golovkin set him up for the deciding punch.

Earlier Willie Nelson beat Luciano Cuello on points – 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 – in a junior middleweight bout.

Nelson improved to 21-1-1, with 12 knockouts. Cuello now stands at 32-3; 16.


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