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Gennadiy Golovkin overpowers Kamil Szeremeta to establish record for middleweight title defenses

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Message got, Gennadiy Golovkin.

On the off chance that the 38-year-old needed to show he stays equipped for showing probably the most astonishing exhibitions in boxing, he did that Friday night. Golovkin’s specialized ability was on full showcase in a seventh-round stoppage triumph over Kamil Szeremeta in Hollywood, Florida, to safeguard his IBF middleweight title.

Golovkin set the precedent for the most title safeguards by a middleweight in boxing history (21). Yet, more critically for his vocation, he had the sort of excursion that demonstrated he is deserving of confronting a portion of the game’s top names, including an expected third battle against Canelo Alvarez.

“He’s got plenty more gas in the tank,” Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn told DAZN in the postfight interview. “The most exciting boxer in world boxing, still. Devastating power in both hands. We want to see him in the megafights next year.”

In his first battle in quite a while, Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) thumped Szeremeta down multiple times in an assault that began at the battle’s beginning. The victor sent Szeremeta to the canvas toward the finish of the first round with an uppercut followed by a left hand over the top.

From that point, Golovkin overpowered Szeremeta (21-2-0, 5 KOs), the required challenger who was battling in the United States for just the second time in his vocation. Golovkin’s last knockdown fell off a poke in the seventh, a demonstration of his strength for the duration of the evening.

The middleweight champ scored two knockdowns in the initial three adjusts unexpectedly since April 2016, when he took out Dominic Wade in the second round, as per ESPN Stats and Information research.

In five of the seven rounds, Golovkin landed more force punches than pokes, as per CompuBox numbers. He associated on 56.5% of those shots.

Punch Stats

PUNCHESGOLOVKINSZEREMETA
Total landed22859
Total thrown554327
Percent41%18%
Jabs landed9410
Jabs thrown317192
Percent30%5%
Power landed13449
Power thrown237135
Percent57%36%

Notwithstanding, the punch set up Golovkin’s hotshots for the duration of the evening and was a state of accentuation in his third battle with mentor Johnathon Banks. For the majority of Golovkin’s rule as a middleweight, he was known as a savage force puncher who looked for knockouts. Banks looked to change that.

“They turned him into a one-trick pony,” Banks told ESPN before the fight regarding Golovkin’s previous trainer. “That’s all he was known for, is just the knockout power. But he’s a beautiful boxer. He’s got beautiful movements. That’s what I wanted to go. I wanted to open back Pandora’s box.”

After knockdowns in the first and second adjusts, Golovkin stayed estimated with his punches. In the middle of the seventh and eighth rounds, official Telis Assimenios strolled over to Szeremeta’s corner and halted the session.

During his postfight meet with DAZN, Golovkin said the late completion was by design.

“I feel my jab,” Golovkin said. “I feel my power. I feel my timing, my distance. I needed a little bit more time. OK, if I’m finishing [in the] second round, maybe too early. I want to bring more people to TV.”

Golovkin ventured into the ring approximately 24 hours before Alvarez battles Callum Smith in San Antonio for the WBC and WBA super middleweight titles. Since the time Golovkin began battling on DAZN, there has been widespread theory about a possible third battle between the two men.

The initial two sessions settled little between them. A 2017 session was considered a disputable draw, while Alvarez squeaked out a lion’s share choice in 2018 by two consolidated focuses.

Hearn said Golovkin will direct what’s next for his profession. Golovkin guaranteed something important after his stoppage win against an overmatched Szeremeta.

“Trust me, guys,” Golovkin said. “We [will] bring the best fight for next time.”

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract

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Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season

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Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons

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The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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