By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – One of Gennadiy Golovkin’s Kazakh prospects stopped an undefeated foe Saturday night right before Golovkin entered the ring to face his own unbeaten opponent at Madison Square Garden.

Super middleweight Ali Akhmedov knocked down Marcus McDaniel and beat him by third-round technical knockout on the Golovkin-Steve Rolls undercard. McDaniel reached his feet following the knockdown, but referee Benjy Esteves didn’t think McDaniel should continue.

Esteves stopped their scheduled 10-rounder at 1:41 of the third round.

Akhmedov, who’s promoted by Golovkin’s company, upped his record to 15-0. He also recorded his 11th knockout.

New Orleans’ McDaniel, 35, dropped to 15-1 (2 KOs).

Akhmedov caught McDaniel with a right hand that made McDaniel hold with just over two minutes to go in the third round. McDaniel moved away from him, but Akhmedov backed him against the ropes and threw numerous unanswered power punches.

McDaniel tried his best to slip and move. Eventually, Akhmedov hit him with a left hand to the side of his head that sent McDaniel to his gloves and knees. McDaniel made it to his feet, but Esteves didn’t let him continue.

McDaniel complained to Esteves more than once in the second round because he felt Akhmedov was holding him behind the head and hitting. McDaniel went to the canvas at the 1:15 mark of the first round, but it was the result of a slip after McDaniel missed a punch.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.