November 2nd, 2013 By Pedro FernandezPATIENT GOLOVKIN NEEDED TO BE
Theater @ Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY- (HBO) Champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) TKO 8 Curtis Stevens (28-4-1, 18 KOs) (WBA/IBO 160 lb. titles) Although he didn’t cut through Curtis Stevens like a hot knife and butter, Gennady Golovkin, in control from the start, with two left hooks put Stevens down hard in round two. The Brooklyn native who talked a good talk, could not walk the walk, as most expected against the two heavy fists of the still unbeaten punching machine from Kazakhstan.
COULD HAVE GAVE CURTIS ROUND FIVE…
While one guy I was with for the fight thought Stevens won the opener, I gave him round five as it was extremely close, which was not the case as Golovkin stalked his prey for the most part with little apprehension. Going both to the body and head with hard meaningful punches, Golvkin may have wondered what was keeping Curtis up. The end came as the Stevens corner stopped the fight after round seven. The fighter did not object.
GOLOVKIN “OPEN FOR ANYBODY”
Having already said he would drop to 154 for Floyd Mayweather, WBA middleweight (160) champ Golovkin has also indicated me might be open for a move to 168, to face even Andre Ward, the recognized World super middleweight champ, or a battle with middleweight counterpart and linear champ Sergio Martinez. “I’m open for anybody,” said Golovkin post fight.
CUBAN NEEDS DIETICIAN & TAD MORE SEASONING!
Having heard a lot about both Mike “The Cuban Rebel” Perez and Magomed Abdusalamov, this clash of unbeaten heavyweights who were upper echelon amateurs and the main support for Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens bout, I just sat back and grabbed the popcorn per se. Seeing Magomed had never been into round six, 18-0 with as many stoppages, Cuban exile Perez didn’t wait to take the Russian fighter into uncharted waters, instead Perez put on a boxing clinic commencing with the first bell.
MAGO NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS TOUGH!
If you really wanted to give “Mago” rounds, you at the most could have given him three rounds seeing the Perez was peppering at will. Every now and then the Russian would put together some nice punches, but almost every time Perez, now 20-0, 12 KOs, would roar back and regain the play. Referee Benji Estevez took a point for a low blow in the ninth, but that didn’t alter the ending as Perez won 97-92 twice & 95-94. I saw it 97-93 for the Cuban who at 235 needs to shed about 10-15 lbs. in order to make a serious move at heavyweight. “Mago” is now 18-1, 18 KOs.
AUSTRALIAN CHOPS DOWN ANOTHER BRITISH GIANT
Unheralded Lucas Browne (18-0, 16 KOs) TKO 5 Richard Towers (AKA Hayles) (14-1, 11 KOs) in a Commonwealth heavyweight title bout eliminator. Towers, real name Hayles, has a daunting criminal past that is out right scary. But that did not faze the Australian underdog Saturday night at the Hull Ice Arena in Hull, UK as Towers flat out got his ass beat by a smaller guy whose claim to fame is beating James Toney. Browne rocked the 6’8 Towers with a right hand at the end of round three, stunned him in the fourth, battered him in the fifth that prompted the referee’s stoppage was at :51.
ONCE HOT PROSPECT GETS COMEBACK WIN
Tommy Coyle (17-2, 7 KOs) TKO 7 over John Simpson (25-10, 11 KOs) to claim a regional IBF title. Coyle floored Simpson twice in round seven and the bout was waved off by “quickly” by referee after the second dropping. (135 lb.)