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Golovkin: After The Second Round, I Knew it Was Over

Gennady Golovkin retained his unbeaten record with a stoppage of Curtis Stevens in the eighth defense of his WBA/IBO middleweight belts. The Kazakh bruiser forced Stevens' corner to step in and end the fight during a one-sided eighth round, with a flurry of punches leaving Stevens dazed and bloodied at Madison Square Garden.

Victory takes Golovkin's record to 28-0, with 25 of those wins coming by stoppage, and it was the 15th fight in a row he has won without needing to go the distance. But it will not go down as an easy victory for the 31-year-old despite him having put Stevens down as early as the second round. Stevens, whose record drops to 25-4, started slowly and could well have been finished inside six minutes, only just beating the count after being caught by a sensational Golovkin left hook. But he took time to recover and Golovkin had to fend off a fierce assault in the fourth, when he was caught by a quick left-right combination by the brave challenger.

Stevens stayed in contention past the halfway mark but started to tire noticeably in the seventh when he had to take plenty of punishment on the ropes. That continued in the eighth when Stevens barely managed to land a counter-punch, and his corner decided enough was enough after the bell rang to end the round.

"My plan was just to box. 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. Stevens is a strong guy. After the knockdown, he started stepping back and I knew it was over. I didn't feel his power. I was able to use my right punches that we worked on in the gym to break him down. I was a little cautious of his strength but I felt comfortable in there and never felt I was in any trouble,' Golovkin said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jloro on 11-04-2013

[QUOTE=twosweethooks;13902082]HA !!! I love it !!!!!! Its either S### or get off the pot !! In other words if May Jr is too chicken to defend his 154 crown against a 154 GGG then in front of the world he…

Comment by Nomadic on 11-04-2013

deer in the headlight look on the second round knock down...lol

Comment by hilltophustla4 on 11-04-2013

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;13902205]Ironically though, if GGG had finished Stevens in the 2nd, Curtis woulda been written off as just being glass jawed and Golovkin although impressive would have gained, to my mind, almost no credit (as beautiful as the KD was). The…

Comment by MAUSEBURG on 11-04-2013

Everybody Knew it was Over Before the Figth got SIGNED. GGG be Bodyin' All These half stepperz who claim they can Scarp a Lick.

Comment by King_ on 11-04-2013

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;13902205]Ironically though, if GGG had finished Stevens in the 2nd, Curtis woulda been written off as just being glass jawed and Golovkin although impressive would have gained, to my mind, almost no credit (as beautiful as the KD was). The…

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