New York City – Gennady Golovkin came to Madison Square Garden Saturday night with one purpose and that was dominate and show why his power made him an elite middleweight champion. After stopping Curtis Stevens at Madison Square Garden, Sergio Martinez could soon be in his plan.
Indeed, Golovkin against Martinez is another fight for the boxing fan and a premiere one for the sport. But, like all the other logistics involved in making good fights, this one may not happen anytime soon.
“I am ready to fight anybody,” commented Golovkin after disposing Stevens. “I want to fight Sergio Martinez.” He mentioned Martinez, at first hesitant about mentioning the lineal middleweight champion.
An almost capacity crowd at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden saw the fighter from Karaganda Kazakhstan, known as “GGG” stop Curtis Stevens after the eighth round retaining the WBA and IBO Middleweight titles. They, too, are aware that Golovkin, the rising superstar, has the potential to become a top three or talked in the category of best pound-for-pound.
Martinez has always been in that discussion of top three. And, there are valid reasons with his longevity and taking on all comers the past few years to be classified in the ranks with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. His promoter, Lou DiBella has never been shy to put Martinez in that group.
DiBella, as much as he is into making good fights, has made it known. Martinez and Golovkin will not fight anytime soon. And there is no known promotional animosity evident with DiBella and K2 Promotions, (Promoter of GGG) different from past adversarial relationships with promoters,
Martinez is not prepared for a fight coming off knee surgery, and won’t be ready for one anytime soon. Then there is the discussion, according to DiBella of Martinez opposing Miguel Cotto as his next opponent. Yes, Cotto has a better chance of facing Martinez instead of the much rumored talk of another meeting with Mayweather.
It was impressive as all three judges at ringside had Golovkin way ahead before referee Harvey Dock put an end to the fight after the eighth round.
There was one knockdown in the fight. Towards the end of round two he sent Stevens down with a huge left hook. The knockdown came quick and furious as most do when Golovkin lands a punch. However, Stevens was able to come out and stay with Golovkin the following round, though he had to stay off the ropes.
“I am not surprised he got up,” said Golovkin, who remained undefeated at 28-0, 25 K0’s. “I am open to anybody.” That comment had the wheels turning, and the name Sergio Martinez was immediately put in full circle.
The left hook is impressive, so are punches to the body. Stevens, to his credit, was able to recover from the knockdown. And, perhaps, this fight was made to soon for Stevens, who said, “I have nothing to be ashamed of.” In boxing, though, when the opportunity presents itself, there is no denying the chance.
Stevens, the 28-year old from Brooklyn New York had the home crowd on his side. But the punching power of Golovkin was heard loud and clear. At times, Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) appeared to be finished but he earned more respect after getting up from the knockdown.
Martinez had the opportunity when DiBella introduced him to America. The Argentinian is quick, though we have learned the stoppages on his part come late. If one thing presents itself here, DiBella would be concerned that Golovkin, with 15 straight knockouts, will go for another one early.
Stevens almost became an early victim Saturday night. Martinez would also be able to survive an early knockdown, but coming off a bad knee could be detrimental in continuing. So, don’t rule out an eventual Golovkin-Martinez fight to determine who is the best middleweight, or for that matter, determine whether “GGG” is indeed to be classified as a top three fighter in that pound-for-pound category.
Many say, Golovkin, even if he stays at middleweight, is already classified in that group. DiBella is not one to avoid making the proper fight. This is not a Golden Boy and Top Tank promotional war that is preventing fight fans from seeing the best go at it.
This is not a promotional war that would stop the discussion. Golovkin-Martinez is made for pay-per-view. It will happen, just not now or anytime soon. Just hope Martinez stays healthy, and Golovkin, scheduled to maybe fight again in early February, continues to win via the knockout.
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