New York City – Gennady Golovkin came to Madison Square Garden Saturday night with one purpose and that was dominate and show why his power has made him an elite middleweight champion. After stopping Curtis Stevens at Madison Square Garden Sergio Martinez could soon be in his plan.
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.
It was impressive as all three judges at ringside had Golovkin ahead in every round 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,” he said when asked about his next opponent. But later, GGG said Martinez was who he wanted next in the ring.
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, 18KOs)) appeared to be finished but he earned more respect after getting up from the knockdown.
“I have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Stevens. “I will learn from this and I will be back.”
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