There may have been some ring rust, but Gennady Golovkin’s power has not left him.
Following 15 months away, the IBF world middleweight champion returned and stopped WBA champion Ryota Murata in round nine.
A big right hand sent Murata to the ground and in came the towel to bring an end to the punishment.
Golovkin has just turned 40, but the power is still there, landing 41 per cent of his 629 punches, according to Compubox.
His strong chin is still there, too – something Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will be very familiar with.
Now he has unified the middleweight titles, Golovkin is expected to face Canelo in a much-anticipated trilogy fight, possibly in September, if the Mexican beats Dmitry Bivol on May 7.
It’s not the GGG of old, but the man who was once one of boxing’s most dangerous punchers, certainly still packs a punch.