Last night, on the grandest stage of them all, Madison Square Garden, Golovkin outworked and wore down Curtis “Showtime” Stevens for an eighth round TKO. Stevens boxed well enough in the first round, although, it was a round he lost; in the second round Golovkin came out strong, and in the closing seconds dropped Stevens with a double left hook, which nearly finished the Brooklyn native. Stevens was very defensive in round three, hoping only to survive the onslaught, which he did so successfully. Stevens began to throw back hard punches from the fourth round on, and in spots, was able to push Golovkin back, though he was nowhere near active enough to win a round. In the eighth round, Stevens was on the ropes for the majority of the round and taking a great deal of punishment, after the end of the round the fight was stopped in Stevens’ corner and Golovkin was yet again the winner by knockout.
This fight did little, if anything to improve the standing of Golovkin, and arguably in my eyes it lowered my thought of Golovkin. I saw a careless fighter, with solid punching power, getting hit much too easily by a smaller timid fighter. Stevens’ speed gave Golovkin trouble, and aside from the hard left hook in the second round, he failed to badly hurt Stevens’ with his punches. It is hard criticism for a fight in which Golovkin won every round and got the stoppage, but when you claim to be the baddest man in boxing, and your trainer rates you the “third greatest middleweight of all time”, you have to be sensational. I didn’t think that Golovkin was at all sensational last night, I thought he was very entertaining, and he put on a great show, but I saw a great deal of weaknesses that a superior boxer could take advantage of.
On the under-card, Cuban Mike Perez won a wide unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Magomed Abdusalamov. Mike Perez badly hurt Abdusalamov in the first round, and controlled from there on out. It has come out that Abdusalamov required brain surgery after the fight, my thoughts go out to him and his family, and I hope to see him make a full and speedy recovery.
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