Gennady Golovkin continued a KO victory streak that has seem him become one of 2013's most talked about fighters. Once more he faced an overmatched opponent, but one who had never been stopped. Golovkin's power held true, as the fight finished in the 7th.
Golovkin fought with his usual intensity, throwing regularly but not recklessly, slowly stalking his opponent waiting for an opening. He knocked Adamu down just at the end of the first with a couple of left hooks. Although Adamu bounced straight back up, it was clear that his power could guide Adamu towards the canvas.
To many Golovkin is 'The One.' A future superstar, who has never been down, and has finished 16 opponents in a row. To others, Golovkin is a hype job, with a thin resume who eats shots with increasing regularity. At the elite level, they feel he could be exposed.
The real Golovkin lies somewhere between these two binaries. His power is legitimate, in both hands. He has a very solid chin. He hasn't fought many top drawer opponents. His best wins are probably over Matthew Macklin, and Curtis Stevens. They're good solid fighters, but not the stuff legends are made of.
This fight did little to answer any of the doubts about Golovkin. He can still punch ferociously, and he still takes shots that he doesn't need to. He ate bigger shots from Curtis Stevens, who possesses one punch KO power, but even the most uncrackable chin can be broken by the right shot. Paul Williams had a cast-iron chin but was knocked out cold by Sergio Martinez.
The Kazakh seems content to test himself in each fight, taking a few to land a few more.
Golovkin keeps a busier schedule than most, and so these stay busy fights are welcome in an era where top fighters only enter the ring perhaps twice a year if we're lucky. This was strictly a tune-up, a non-HBO fight taking place in Monaco.
Golovkin will struggle to win over the doubters until he has defeated a foe they consider worthy of the levels of acclaim he has reached. There is Andre Ward in a higher weight class. There is Sergio Martinez, who is likely fighting only once this year against Miguel Cotto in the summer. Golovkin called him out after the fight, but there is no chance of those two meeting until 2015 when a shop worn Martinez will have reached 40.
GGG can continue what he is doing and expand his casual fan base. The critics will continue to grumble until he steps up his level of competition.