"Don't bark up that tree/ that tree will fall on you. I don't know why your advisors aint forewarn you."
"And what Jay said there was so fitting with regards to Curtis Stevens, on the heels of the train wreck he's abou to feel like he was in this weekend. The intense display of vitriol from Stevens, both verbally and graphically, will bring out the full brunt of Golovkin's greatness. Success, or even the perception of it, is often met with an asterisk by those who envy another's perch or question its validity.Stevens will pay a heavy price for both, in what I think will be a sensational performance from Golovkin. After seeing him in Times Square yesterday, I hold true to my prediction in this piece below from several weeks ago. Although I almost get the feeling that "GGG" just might carry him a little to lengthen the abuse, to say, 5 rounds. Either way, he might actually be attending his own mock funeral in Brooklyn on Sunday."
There's something so very meat n' potatoes about the promo picture for these two.
And its fitting.
The tension Curtis Stevens created before he started down the path of what has become Beef Ave., is actually heating up. He showed up at the Foxwood Resort and Casino in late June in Conn., to witness Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (27-0, 24KO's) and his breakage of Matthew Macklin. All he did in the aftermath is minimize what he'd just seen with some of the most distastefully disrespectful comments he could muster.
"I got a ass-whooping waiting for his bitch-ass," sneered Stevens. "He running around hiding like a little bitch. Him and his manager... they scared. He knows I'll knock his ass out. Come get it! Brooklyn-style baby!"
Then as the Golovkin camp came up with an offer to fight, he proceeded to first price himself out of a deal by overestimatng his value. Next, after reaching a deal, there was the funeral ritual and service he held on Golovkin's behalf, being the kind and classy sort that he is. Clever- some might say.
See, Stevens (25-3, 18KO's) has been really active this year anyway. After being sidelined for the better part of the last 3 years for an assortment of reasons, his 2013 campaign has been a rousing one, with 3 big wins on the calender docket- none bigger than his chilling 1st round KO of Saul Roman.
In many ways, Stevens (whose mouth runs like the faucet the best plumber is tired of fixing), has enjoyed a weird Rick Ross/Clubber Lang-like moment in time. He has all of the bravado and machismo of both, plus the enormity of his own ego, and that about sizes up Stevens. The Brownsville, Brooklyn native and middleweight menace has appeared to have no regard for the juggernaut of Russian descent, and seems intent on putting the Cold War [he started] in the frying pan.
And Golovkin is cooking.
"Knockout. Maybe first round," said Golovkin, with a face contorted like he was chewing on funk flavored bubblegum. "Big mouth, really big mouth. He's gonna learn how to act. It could be just one punch- but I may push it to five rounds to punish him. I don't know."
And with that... The three judges at ringside can hang out with C.J. Ross if they want, or pretend they don't know what the hell is going on, because whatever they scribble isn't going to matter.
This aint gonna go the distance.
"GGG" vs. Stevens
In over 300 amateur fights, numerous gym wars and through 27 fights as a pro, Golovkin has never been down - or even hurt - in the ring. This is not happenstance, as he's seen virtually every style and dismantled it while feeling the highest degrees of power. The powerfully compact and stocky Stevens is a short middleweight (5'7) who'll have to punch up at an experienced target that is chopping down on him. Stevens is crude, tight in the hips, doesn't have fluid movement and is wound very tight.
He's about to feel like he's been thrown through the propellers of a Russian war plane.
I expect Stevens to come out swinging wildly and missing badly. One of those misses will result in a counter that will send Stevens "into" the canvas. When whoever finds him- it'll be well after they've counted to 10. Oh yes, he'll need a reaaaally big Tylenol and a really big pillow that night. And after receiving the biggest payday of his career, he'll look in the mirror and remember it doesn't pay to be a jerk.
Golovkin in 2 rounds.