By Geno McGahee
The undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin, 28-0, 25 KO’s, continued his reign of terror of the division with an 8th round stoppage of the game challenger, Curtis Stevens, 25-3, 18 KO’s.
Golovkin used his jab early to keep the challenger on the outside, but Stevens used a tight defense to escape the power shots that the champion is known for. In the second round, GGG would land two left hooks that dropped Stevens hard. He barely got up and escaped the round.
Stevens wasn’t winning, but he did some effective things as the fight went on. He landed some right hands and counter left hooks to get GGG’s attention, but he was taking too much punishment.
The corner for the challenger threw in the towel after a brutal round of punishment. It was a great win for the champion and further supported the fans that are calling him the next big thing in boxing.
In the supporting bout, heavyweight Mike Perez, 20-0, 12 KO’s, survived some rocky moments to outpoint Magomed Abdusalamov, 18-1, 18 KO’s, by scores of 97-92 (twice) and 95-94. The HBO commentary team was proclaiming that one or both of these guys are the potential future of the division. Comparing Mago to Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson was a stretch. In reality, we had two mediocrities. I know that the division is jam-packed with the sort, but if you’re looking for a savior of the division, keep looking.