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Gennady Golovkin stops Daniel Geale, calls out Miguel Cotto

Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Geale

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Gennady Golovkin is sent to a nuteral corner after knocking out Daniel Geale in the third round to win the WBA/IBO middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden on July 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Daniel Geale was promoted as possibly the stiffest challenge of middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin's career ahead of their title fight Saturday night in Madison Square Garden. In the end, however, Golovkin dispatched Geale with a brutal quickness (Video highlights below).

The Kazakh powerhouse dropped Geale to mat twice before the fight was called off by the referee in the third round. A flurry felled Geale in the second round but the tough Aussie managed to regain his footing and survive.

With thirty seconds left in the third round, Geale landed a right punch to the face of Golovkin but "GGG" ignored it and immediately fired back with his own right hand. That punch ended up being the final one of the bout as it crumpled Geale.

The former champion got back to his feet but was clearly out of the fight as he gamely wobbled around. At that point, the referee stepped in and called a halt to the action. 

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Gennady Golovkin lands the knockout punch on Daniel Geale. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Gennady Golovkin lands the knockout punch on Daniel Geale. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty  …

With the win, Golovkin improves his record to a perfect 30-0, with an astonishing 27 KOs. Geale's loss is his second in his last three outings, and his record dips to 30-3.

Post-fight, Golovkin was asked who he most wanted to fight next and was clear that he wants Miguel Cotto. "Miguel Cotto. One hundred percent," he said.

"I respect him, I respect his style. This is the biggest fight for everybody. For TV, for my fans, for everybody. For boxing."

Cotto is riding high after stopping Sergio Martinez last month in Madison Square Garden. The former welterweight has look a bit renewed at 160 pounds and a fight with Golovkin could be the biggest bout available for either man at this point.

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