(New York, NY, USA; Gennady Golovkin [silver trunks] and Curtis Stevens [brown trunks] box during their middleweight bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin won after the fight was stopped after the 8th round. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
One view coming into Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens Saturday night on HBO, probably not the prevailing one, was that Stevens was a patsy undeserving of stepping into the ring with GGG. We can dispense with that after Stevens gave Golovkin no worse than one of his two hardest fights to date. Problem is, pretty much every GGG fight ending is inevitable at this point in his career: his opponent bludgeoned, his face mangled, some kind of early ending. At the end of the 8th, Stevens' corner had seen enough and called a halt to it.
What we can make of this is that Stevens is a middleweight of contender caliber, and/or that the Golovkin hype train has gotten ahead of the reality, um, bus. But neither knockout puncher hurt his stock as someone you want to see on your television, that's for sure.
Something similar can be said for the undercard bout between heavyweights Mike Perez and Magomed Abdusalamov. That bout didn't end in a knockout, and Perez took over in the back half to win a unanimous decision, but when was the last time you were reminded of the division being worth a damn? That Perez and Abdusalamov made me enjoy a heavyweight fight is enough to make me want to see them again on TV.no comments