BC’s Prediction: Will GGG Def. Stevens?
NEW YORK, NY –
Today in New York City, Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens, along with heavyweights Mike Perez and Magomed Abdusalamov, took one step closer to their Saturday night collision course. took to the scales for Saturday night’s “Monsters Collide” match-up. Golovkin will be defending against Stevens for the WBA and IBO middleweight belts.
Photos Courtesy of Ring Magazine
Official Weights from New York:
Gennady Golovkin: 159.6 lbs.
Curtis Stevens: 159.25 lbs.
Undefeated Gennady Golovkin burst into mainstream recognition in 2012 with his first appearance on HBO against Grzegorz Proksa. Although Proksa was believed to make a strong showing in the fight, Golovkin took control early and knocked him down in rounds one, four, and five before ultimately finishing him off in round five by TKO. His next appearance was against Gabriel Rosado, again in New York, where he pulverized Rosado into a bloody mess that ended with Rosado resigning in the corner in round seven. The match against Nobuhiro Ishida may as well been a sparring match. After toying with Ishida for two rounds, Golovkin knocked him out cold in round three.
Despite these dominate performances, some believed he wasn’t challenged and only chose to match undersized competition. If he was indeed to prove himself as a dominate force, he would have to fight a “true” middleweight … enter Matthew Macklin.
Although he finished on the L side of a matches against the WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and IBF middleweight champion Felix Strum, Macklin was considered the right type of competitor to enter the ring with Golovkin. A true middleweight that Golovkin would have difficulty bullying around the ring and possessed the ability to return punches.
The result? A tough but short night for Macklin that resulted in a cut over his right eye in the second round and a defeat by knockout in the third.
Curtis Stevens road was a different one. After campaigning for a number of years at super middleweight Stevens made the decision to drop down to middleweight after suffering a defeat at the hands of Jesse Brinkley. Since that defeat, Stevens put together a four win streak run that includes two knockouts, a TKO and a unanimous decision. Gaining national attention fighting for Main Events on NBC Sports, Stevens made his ambition clear by calling out Golovkin in the post-fight interview following his first round knock out victory against Saul Roman. Rumor mill says Main Events thought a Golovkin match was too soon for their reborn wunderkind but soon changed their tune.
While Stevens hits hard, it will take more than power to propel him into victory against Golovkin. If Stevens has any hopes of beating Golovkin, he will have to strike quickly with the jab and move. Golovkin has a formidable chin but tends to keep his head in the middle. Going toe to toe with Stevens, Golovkin will have to increase his head movement to evade the punch power Stevens brings.
So who wins?
Golovkin, third round knockout. The pressure plus power will outclass Stevens.