SAN DIEGO, November 3, 2013 – Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin put a little more shine on his rising star in boxing and retained his WBA middleweight title with a fan friendly eighth round TKO victory over Curtis Stevens Saturday, thrilling a packed Madison Square Garden in New York.
The predicted early exits in both the main event and the undercard bout didn’t happen, providing the kind of action that does nothing but good for the sport of boxing.
Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) showed speed and managed to hit Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) several times hard enough to make “Triple G” cautious about coming in too close. Stevens showed resolve and he can take tremendous punishment, seemingly through sheer will. But the outcome was not in doubt from 2:30 into the second round, when Golovkin dropped Stevens with a powerful left hook. Stevens got up and survived the round. He made it through six more as Golovkin delivered relentless hooks and body shots.
After the final minute of the eighth round in which Golovkin unleashed a fusillade of punches, 56 power shots total in the round, Stevens’ trainer Andre Rossier had seen enough. All referee Harvey Dock had to say was “Is that it?” “Yeah, that’s it,” said Rossier. It was a good stoppage. Stevens’ eyes and face were swollen, and there was no point in him taking any more punishment.
The stats tells the story: Golovkin landed triple the punches Stevens did; 293 of 794 for Golovkin, 97 of 303 punches for Stevens. Golovkin delivered 58 body shots versus 20 for Stevens; 235 punches to the head by Golovkin versus 77 for Stevens.
“I have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Stevens. “I’m better than anybody gave my credit for. I’ve shown more in a loss than most people show in a win. This is not the end for me. I will learn from my mistakes and I’ll be back.” He’s right, he doesn’t. Fans will welcome seeing this tough competitor back into the ring anytime.
Golovkin relished his victory, telling HBO’s Max Kellerman Stevens never really hurt him. “I know I am better. My power better, my speed better. People know who is who … I am the champion, I am open to anybody.” Name one? “Sergio Martinez, (Julio) Caesar Chavez, I am here.”
While fans started salivating at the thought of a Golovkin vs. Martinez fight, hold your horses. The World Boxing Association has ruled that Golovkin must face interim-champion Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) assuming a Golovkin win Saturday and a win for Murray next month against Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) in Sydney, Australia on December 11. Murray’s sole loss was a decision against Sergio Martinez earlier this year.
Golovkin’s promoters said after the win his next bout would be on February 1, 2014 in Monte Carlo. Assuming it is a fight against Murray, it’s an outstanding potential matchup to look forward to. Many observers believed Murray won the fight with Martinez, although the judges disagreed.
Then perhaps it’s a bout with Miguel Cotto, and from there? Golovkin’s patience may pay off, exactly as planned.
On the undercard fight, “Irish” Mike Perez (20-0-0, 12 KOs) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Magomed Abdusalamov of Russia (18-1-0, 18 KOs). It was the most action packed heavyweight fight in recent memory. Abdusalamov took a lot of punishment from Perez but kept coming at him to the very end. He indicated to his corner that he thought his nose was broken early in the fight; the left side of his face became terribly swollen. But Mago toughed it out. Judges Julie Lederman and Don Trella had it 97-92; Don Trella scored it 95-94, all for Mike Perez.
Win or lose, when you want to see both boxers in both of the featured bouts again, it’s a good night for the fighters, the fans, and the future of the Sweet Science.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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