Gennady Golvkin (28-0, 25 KOs), continued his winning streak by defeating Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) last night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. Presented by K2 Promotions and Main Events, the event was televised on HBO Championship Boxing.
Setting the tone of the fight early, Golovkin met Stevens head-on as the two exchanged some hard shots. Stevens was connecting early, but Golovkin appeared unaffected by the blows. Golovkin answered back countering the shots thrown by Stevens.
Stevens found himself in trouble in the second round as Golovkin used his jab, setting up his signature left hook. The blow caught Stevens by surprise, dropping him to the canvas. Clearly, Stevens was shaken and managed to beat the count, ending the round with a left hook of his own.
Golovkin continued his assault in the third round, never looking back and keeping Stevens in defensive mode. Stevens did the best he could, landing a few shots that appeared to have no effect at all on Golovkin.
Constantly adjusting, Golovkin found opportunity in the fourth round, landing deadly body shots to Stevens. Making adjustments himself, Stevens began throwing punches that temporarily stopped Golovkin from landing more body shots.
Into the seventh round, Golovkin had Stevens rattled as his left eye was beginning to swell. Golovkin showed no mercy, continuing to fight like he was losing.
The action would come to a halt in the eighth round, Golovkin scoring points with every punch. Stevens, clearly being out boxed and hurt, forced his corner to stop the fight.