Unbeaten middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) retained his title with a TKO win over a game but overmatched Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Golovkin was in control of the action from start to finish, though Stevens had his moments in the opening round as he stayed in the pocket and threw his left hook to the head and body. However, Golovkin boxed well behind his left jab and landed straight rights from the outside.
Towards the end of the second round, Golovkin landed a double-left hook to the head of Stevens that sent him down to the canvas. Stevens looked shocked at how hard GGG hit, as he made a facial expression to that effect while attempting to get up.
After the round, Stevens fought more defensively and although he fought with heart and at times with aggression off the ropes, Golovkin broke him down with a vicious body attack. During the eighth round, Golovkin had Stevens along the ropes for over a minute in which it was crystal clear that Stevens was wilting. After the end of the round, Stevens’ corner had seen enough and wisely asked the referee to stop the contest.
After the fight, Golovkin said he was ready to fight everybody at middleweight and also pointed out that he’d like a fight with middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez.