By: Andrew McCart
Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin successfully defended his WBA middleweight world title, after stopping Curtis ‘Showtime’ Stevens after eight rounds, at Madison Square Garden, New York.
The victory for Golovkin takes his impressive record to 28-0 with 25 of those wins coming by stoppage, and with this win over Stevens makes it his 15th straight knockout.
Golovkin was made to work hard against a very tough Curtis Stevens. Who after being knocked down in the second round, recovered well to land a three shot combination in the fourth, which landed flush on Golovkin, but it didn’t seem to faze the 31-year old Kazakh.
Many boxing fans and journalists didn’t think Stevens would make it to the half way point, but to the surprise of many he was still in the fight after six. However, in the seventh round Stevens found himself pinned against the ropes, and unable to land anything of his own, as Golovkin began to land some solid right hands.
In the eighth, Stevens found himself under attack from all angles. Golovkin was cutting off the ring, and pinning Stevens up against the ropes, right beside Stevens’ corner and landing solid punches to which he had no answer for. At the bell Stevens’ corner had seen enough and pulled their man out, saving him from further punishment.
After the fight Golovkin called out fellow middleweight world champions Sergio Martinez and Peter Quillin.
“My plan was just to box,’ he said. ‘I know I’m the champion, my speed is better, my power is better. My coach told me to box, not have a crazy fight, a street fight.
‘”He is a strong guy. After the knockdown I felt great, it was my fight. I am open for everybody. Sergio Martinez, Peter Quillin, I am here.”
Gennady Golovkin has staked his claim for the 2013 fighter of the year. It was his fourth stoppage this year, and has cemented his place as one of the best; if not the best middleweight on the planet.by