By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
MATTHEW MACKLIN revealed how Gennady Golovkin left him feeling “paralyzed”.
The Birmingham-born middleweight took on the Kazakh destroyer in 2013 and now Kell Brook faces the same challenge tonight at the O2.
Golovkin ended the WBA title fight with Macklin in vicious fashion as he cracked two of his ribs with a stunning left hook in the third round.
Macklin, now retired, was in agony on the canvas and offered a warning for Brook.
“I’ve never been down from a body shot and that just folded me in half,” Macklin said. “I wouldn’t have got up even if I had 30 seconds. I was in agony, I broke two of my ribs.
“Instantly I was just trying to breathe. I tried to get up because it was a world title fight and I wanted to go on, but it was like I was paralysed for 20 seconds until I could get to my feet.”
That type of power is why Golovkin has stopped 32 of his 35 victims so far in an illustrious career.
But Macklin has warned Brook it is not just about the power as it is the skill set of Golovkin that left him exhausted after just two rounds.
“He hits you with a jab and you think ‘f*** that is not normal’,” Macklin said.
“You’re not wobbled but it hurts. I was so mentally prepared for him to hit hard but I was still like ‘oh now it is for real and I can’t take them all night’.
“I had to try and box or rough him up but these thoughts are happening quickly and he is still just on you again. He is so technically good, he is so well balanced and his feet are so good.
“His best thing is, you can’t really see it on TV, but you know when you’re in there – it is how well he judges his distance.
“He is constantly just there. You know you’re under threat so you’re burning up a lot of energy.
“When I had done two rounds I felt like I had done seven and I was in fifth gear going backwards.”
Macklin even tried to take Golovkin out of his rhythm with some rough tactics but not even that could change the course of the fight.
He added: “It is that psychological thing that is going on in your head ‘I need to do something here, I’m cut, I’m bruised, I need to win a round’
“So I started to try getting untidy, dirty but that didn’t even fluster him. That didn’t drag him down but he kept his composure."