The bout will be shown live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) will be stepping into the ring for the fourth time in 2013. Last June he knocked out respected middleweight Matthew Macklin with a perfect left hook to the liver.
Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) is no pushover. Since dropping down to the middleweight division, the Brooklyn, N.Y. boxer has won three of his last four fights by first round knockout. Stevens, 28, was considered a real prospect when he turned professional in 2004. Subsequent losses to Marcos Primera, (which he avenged) Andre Dirrell and Jesse Brinkley had some wondering about his dedication. Stevens took two years off to regroup. His return has produced some highlight-real knockouts, but he’s never faced anyone with the talent of Golovkin.
It’s fitting that Golovkin, 31, is fighting a few days after Halloween. His monstrous punching power has put the fear of God in many of his opponents. Macklin jumped on his bicycle a few seconds after tasting Golovkin's jab. Tough guy Gabriel Rosado spoke of Golovkin’s strength after getting battered and stopped earlier this year. WBC titleholder Sergio Martinez said he was interested in fighting Golovkin in 2014, but now it appears that Miguel Cotto is next in line for a crack at Martinez.
Stevens has insisted for months that he’s not intimidated. His best chance is to test Golovkin’s chin early. Golovkin can be hit, but nobody has been able to hurt him.
Golovkin uses his sturdy jab to setup his power punches. He’s the better all-around fighter.
Look for Golovkin to break down Stevens and stop him before round six.