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Curtis Stevens plans to KO Golovkin
Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) is deep in preparation for his upcoming challenge of WBA middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs). The two will headline a HBO World Championship Boxing event at the Theater of Madison Square Garden, New York City on Saturday, November 2. The bout will be Golovkin’s fourth world title fight in 2013 and his second at the Garden this year.
While Golovkin is amongst the most celebrated champions in the world because of his great power and sound boxing skills, Stevens
shouldn’t be underestimated. Stevens, fighting in his first world title fight, will be the home favorite. The 28- year-old, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY native, was one of the most celebrated amateur boxers coming out of New York City. Stevens was a very power young fighter with a tremendous left hook.
“The question is does my power concern him?” asked Stevens, who knocked out three of his last four opponents inside of one round.
Stevens maybe at a disadvantage because, Golovkin will have a longer reach. Golovkin will be expected to be wary of Stevens’ power and keep him on the outside of his left-jab. That doesn’t bother Stevens because he is use to aggressively fighting through guys with longer reach.
“Romero Johnson had length; Ayala had length; Roman had length; Jose Spearman had length;” Stevens said. “This is how it’s been all along. I’ve always been the shorter guy. To me it really doesn’t matter. It’s my power. I know that I’m much stronger than him. So all that [reach] stuff really don’t matter.”
Stevens isn’t nervous at all about fighting Golovkin in what will be a career-defining fight for the young Brooklynite. Stevens has watched many, many great fights the Garden and has fought in countless arena in front of hostile crowds. Stevens has fought long and hard for a chance at this world title opportunity and simply won’t let it slip away.
Perhaps Stevens’ best-chance to upset the applecart is if he knocks out Golovkin, who has a solid chin and is as tough as Stevens is. Stevens will have twelve, three-minute rounds to decisively execute a game plan to take the WBA 160-pound title away from Golovkin.
“I don’t know I may mix it up,” Stevens said. “I may get on his toes. I may razzle and dazzle his ass, cut him up. Or I may just go in there and take it to him, move a lot, just beat him down.”
Stevens anticipates that Golovkin is going to come straight-in and meet him in the middle of the ring.
“Gennady only fights one way,” Stevens said. “It’s come forward! I believe he’s going to come meet me in the center of the ring. And if he does, it should be an early night.”
Tickets for Golovkin-Stevens are available at the Garden box office and at ticketmaster.com, or thegarden.com. Ticket prices start as low as $50.
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