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Clash of the Titans: Golovkin vs. Stevens
Undefeated WBA middleweight champion Gennday Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) defends his title for the fourth time in 2013 when he takes on Curtis ‘Showtime’ Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs), Saturday, November 2, at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. HBO will televise.
Golovkin has the highest knockout ratio of any active world champion. Golovkin won the interim WBA 160-pound title in August 2010 and has made eight successful title defenses (8-0, 8 KOs). Three of his last four fights have occurred in the United States having knocked out highly-regarded Grzegorz Proksa (28-1), Gabriel Rosado (21-5), Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8), and Matthew Macklin (29-4).
Golovkin continues to take tough fights and impressively dismantle his opposition. Golovkin will have his hands full with Stevens, who will have the hometown advantage while fighting in his first world title fight.
The 28 year-old Stevens worked long and hard for his chance to headline in the main event of one of the most historic venues in boxing history. Stevens was one of the most scariest punchers in the New York amateur boxing scene. In fact, Stevens has amassed the third most knockouts in New York State amateur boxing history.
Adamek returns in November to NBC
Saturday afternoon boxing returns to NBC Sports Network on Saturday, November 16, as former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) challenges Vyacheslav Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs) for the IBF No. 2-ranking in the heavyweight division.
Both Adamek and Glazkov appeared on NBC Sports in separate fights. Adamek won a 10-round decision against Dominick Guinn, while Glazkov KO’d Byron Polley in two rounds.
“We are quite pleased to present this classic match-up between a tough, highly respected veteran and two-division former world champion in Adamek, and an exciting, young up-and-coming former Olympic medalist in Glazkov on our next NBC afternoon broadcast,” promoter Kathy Duva said in a recent statement.
Main Events has done a wonderful job crafting Adamek’s emergence into a major factor in the heavyweight division. The former WBC light-heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion took the time to develop as a heavyweight title contender, as he challenged WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Fighting in front of more than 40,000 in a soccer stadium in his native Poland, Klitschko knocked Adamek out in September 2011.
Since then, Adamek has gone undefeated in his last 5 contests that include a decision wins against former cruiserweight rival Steve Cunningham and former heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers.
SMS Promotions & DiBella Entertainment tag-team again
The complete card for the “Big Apple Boxing” show at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens, NY on Monday, September 16, has been finalized. Rap artist Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment will co-promote what should be a tremendous night at the fights.
SMS-promoted junior lightweight prospect Mark Davis (17-0, 5 KOs) will fight Carlos Vinan (10-10-5, 2 KOs). Lou DiBella’s Luis Del Valle (17-1, 12 KOs) challenges Ira Terry (26-11, 16 KOs). Also, pro-debuting Christopher Galeano will be on the show. Galeano, a NY golden Gloves and National titlist challenges David Rohn (1-0) in a four-round middleweight clash.
Ryan Martin will be competing in a four-round junior welterweight match. Martin, a former amateur standout, amassed a 180-22 record coming out of Tennessee.
Undefeated middleweight prospect Lamar Russ (14-0) fights Latif Mundy (10-7, 4KO’s), a Philadelphia fighter who was recently a lead sparring partner for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Plusa, NY Golden Gloves champions, Travis Peterkin (8-0, 4 KO’s) and Heather “The Heat” Hardy (6-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn are scheduled to appear in six-round bouts. Peterkin, a light-heavyweight, faces Michael Wilmer (4-6, 3KO’s) and junior featherweight Hardy takes on Jennifer Scott (3-4, 2KO’s).
2011 US Olympic Team Trials silver medalist, and the 2012 NY Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Joseph Williams will be making his professional debut against Joe Powers (1-1) in a four-round light heavyweight bout.
Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Tickets are available for purchase by calling Resorts World Casino NYC at (718) 215-2828.