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LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) - Undefeated German middleweight Gennady Golovkin stopped English challenger Matthew Macklin in the third round Saturday night to successfully defend his WBA and IBO titles.

Golovkin improved to 27-0 with his 24th knockout and 14th in a row, using a left hand to the body to flatten Macklin (29-5) 1:22 into the third. Golovkin dominated the first two rounds, landing several hard combinations.

``It was an easy fight for me,'' Golovkin said. ``I felt great in the ring. He never hurt me. I was very happy with my performance.''

Golovkin has made five successful title defenses and hasn't gone the distance in a fight since June 2008 against Amar Amari in an eight-round bout.

Macklin has lost three of his last four fights. He lost a split decision to Felix Sturm in June 2011 for the WBA super middleweight crown, and dropped another title shot in March 2012 to Sergio Martinez.

``He never really let me get started,'' Macklin said. ``It was a great shot he landed. I tip my hat to him. He's a great champion. He has plenty of clubbing, solid power, and you can feel the weight of every punch he throws.''

There was talk after the bout of a potential fight between Golovkin and Martinez, the WBC middleweight champion. Martinez, however, is nursing knee and hand injuries, and isn't expected to resume boxing until 2014.

``I want to fight again very soon,'' Golovkin said. ``I want to fight any belt-holder, any champion, and any top fighter, anywhere.''

The Associated Press News Service

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