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Another one falls to Golovkin

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Alex

Supersport, December 10, 2011

Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin knocked out Lajuan Simon in the first round in D?sseldorf, Germany, on Friday night.

Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, needed only 137 seconds to win his third defence of the WBA “regular” title.

The 29-year-old, who lives in Stuttgart, has now won 19 of his 22 professional bouts by knockout. As an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and two titles at the world championships.

Golovkin, having landed a heavy right early in the round, stopped Simon with a left hook that left the American flat on the canvas. It was only the second defeat of Simon’s career.

The fight had been scheduled for the undercard of the tournament in which heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was set to fight Jean-Marc Mormeck on Saturday. Surgery to remove kidney stones forced Klitschko to withdraw.

Klitschko, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, will now face Mormeck on March 3. He was at ringside to cheer on Golovkin.

Golovkin made his professional debut in May 2006 and won the vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight title when he knocked out John Anderson Carvalho in the second round in July 2009.

He won the interim WBA middleweight title by stopping Milton Nunez in 58 seconds in August last year. Last December he was crowned WBA regular champion after stopping Nilson Julio Tapia in the third round. He retained the title against Kassim Ouma (tko 10) in June this year.

Felix Sturm is the WBA’s “super” champion in the division.

Simon, 32, lost on a split decision to Dionisio Miranda in December last year. Fighting out of Philadelphia, he now stands at 23-3-2; 12.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=809&cntnt01origid=90&cntnt01category_id=6&cntnt01returnid=90

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