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Golovkin Acknowledges Taking More Cautious Approach

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Gennady Golovkin told HBO’s Max Kellerman in the ring that nothing Curtis Stevens landed affected him during their WBA middleweight title fight Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Golovkin acknowledged later, however, that he fought a more responsible defensive fight because he was concerned about Stevens’ vaunted power.

“He was strong and I was a little cautious because of his strength,” Golovkin said after his technical knockout win. “But I felt comfortable in there and never felt I was in any trouble.”

Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) has never been knocked down in well over 300 combined fights as a pro and amateur. The knockout artist from Kazakhstan was heavily favored to defeat Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs), yet most onlookers were interested to see how well Golovkin took Stevens’ power, particularly his left hook.

“I think Curtis threw a lot of hard shots and Gennady walked right through them,” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, which represents Golovkin. “He wasn’t fazed. It’s not like we’re trying to prove how good of a chin he has, but he’s never been knocked down before and Curtis certainly gave a valiant effort to win the fight.”

Loeffler liked the more measured defensive approach Golovkin took, a strategy trainer Abel Sanchez pleaded with Golovkin to take against a dangerous puncher in their HBO main event.

“With a guy like Curtis, you can’t be careless,” Loeffler said. “You have to be on your game and Gennady, I wouldn’t say he was cautious, but he didn’t take any unnecessary risks.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by megas30 on 11-03-2013

Let us be real here. Stevens is a one-handed fight who waited for once punch all night, and when it landed and no magical stuff happened he was lost. Golovkin is a good fighter whether he wins or loses at…

Comment by flint on 11-03-2013

[QUOTE=King-;13899014]I do think he lost against Murray but so long as he's fighting he's considered the lineal champ, Golovkin [B]needs[/B] that fight IMO. I think HBO might offer Martinez a huge pay day to set that up in 2014.[/QUOTE]makes sense.…

Comment by King_ on 11-03-2013

[QUOTE=flint;13898980]sounds good.martinez health is a concern. he might be finished.[/QUOTE] I do think he lost against Murray but so long as he's fighting he's considered the lineal champ, Golovkin [B]needs[/B] that fight IMO. I think HBO might offer Martinez a…

Comment by flint on 11-03-2013

[QUOTE=King-;13898972]I agree I would love Golovkin - Froch/Ward but personally I would like to see Golovkin-Martinez first or some combination of Martinez-Murray/Barker[/QUOTE] sounds good.martinez health is a concern. he might be finished.

Comment by King_ on 11-03-2013

[QUOTE=flint;13898964]this looks and sounds like a very talented fighter mateuring in the sport. this guy is tough as hell and can punch. as long as he takes training seriously. nobody as 160 can defeat him. there's 2 good fights that…

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