Gennady Golovkin to defend WBA title against Curtis Stevens on November 2

06/09/2013 13:45

WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0) will make the ninth defence of his title against American Curtis Stevens (25-3) at New York's Madison Square Garden on November 2.

This fight, which is a voluntary defence for the undefeated champion, is a collision of big punchers with Golovkin winning 24 of his 27 fights by KO and Stevens winning 18 of 25 early, though the challenger has lost three times.

Stevens, 28, who dropped down from super middleweight in 2012, has been calling out Golovkin, something few others have dared to do.

Golovkin, 31, who was born in Kazakhstan, lives in Germany and trains in the US, is arguably the most feared man in boxing after terrorizing the 160-pound division with his series of brutal knockouts. He has been particulary impressive in his three defences this year, a bloody 7th-round beatdown of Gabriel Rosado in January, also at Madison Square Garden, a 3rd-round knockout of Nobuhiro Ishida in March that was so devastating it is a knockout of the year candidate, and a 3rd-round knockout of British contender Matthew Macklin with a vicious body shot in his last outing in June.

Although Stevens will be the underdog, he looms as the most formidable puncher Golovkin will have faced. in his three fights in 2013 he has scored booming 1st-round knockouts in two of them, against Elvin Ayala in January and Saul Roman in August.

Golovkin, should he beat Stevens, will face Britain's Martin Murray, who remains the WBA's mandatory challenger and should get his third world title shot in the New Year.