“Are you serious?” said a perplexed, irritated and ready to fight WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
He was of course referring to the ubiquitous and loquacious mouth of Brownsville, Brooklyn challenger Curtis Stevens, who not surprising, was threatening Golovkin yet again from the podium during their final press conference on Wednesday. RingTV.com caught up with Stevens yesterday, and here’s an excerpt.
Eh-mm, take it away Curtis:
“When you sit at home and you watch TV and they announce him as the most feared middleweight in the world and he’s only fought one middleweight to date and that’s Matthew Macklin, and you’ve only fought blown up junior middleweights, how can you be called the most feared middleweight in the world?” Stevens said.
“I’m a middleweight now and I know the power that I possess, so why not go after the man that they said no one wants to fight?”
Because you’re gonna get your ass kicked that’s why.
But hey, kudos to the hard-hitting slugger who’s fought as high as 168lbs and willing to fully engage and test the mettle of the phenomenon from Kazakhstan. There are many around the sport who still views Golovkin as an untested and heretofore overrated product of HBO hype and pomp.
He wasn’t supposed to do what he did to Matthew Macklin a few months back in Conn. either, and if it was up to him, he’d have already added Peter “Kid Chocolate” Qullin and Sergio Martinez to his list list this year if he could. But he is clearly gunning for the opportunity to pound Stevens badly.
“He’s strong guy. Good fighter. I saw his last couple of fights. He has a great left hook. He’s a good boxer,” Golovkin said. “He has a big mouth. Every day he talks. It is too much talk. It’s not good. Bad business for him.”
Stevens, who just might appear in future credits along with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in their space epic “Gravity” after this weekend, is going to get launched like a space rocket.
When he comes crashing back down to earth (hopefully in one piece), he’ll have made a good enough account of himself to be featured again on HBO, because he’s going to make it an exciting action fight while it lasts.
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For the record, Stevens weighed in at 159.2lbs, while Golovkin tipped the scales at 159.6lbs.
The fight goes down right here in New York City at Madison Square Garden and HBO will begin its telecast on Saturday night @10PM EST.
Shame on you if you miss it!