Curtis Stevens, who meets the most feared man in boxing, Gennady Golovkin, on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden, didn't sound Wednesday like he was in panic mode. Stevens, the Brownsville, Brooklyn, hitter who's been on a solid run of stoppages, has picked up some tidbits from former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, as he's working out at a camp owned by Holmes in Easton, Pa.
Stevens (25-3 with 18 KOs) didn't back off some of his prior provocative talk, as he promised to be gunning for Golovkin (27-0 with 24 KOs), hard. (HBO will show the scrap, a co-promotion by K2 and Main Events, for the record.)
"Larry Holmes told me the jab is the key to everything," said the 28-year-old Stevens, a Main Events boxer who's been sparring with the likes of Ossie Duran and Yusaf Mack. That's all well and good, he seemed to imply, but he's still going to be looking to hurt the 31-year-old Golovkin with both hands. He scoffed at the foes Golovkin has taken down and labeled him a "hype job."
Stevens said he has been focusing on agility, the implication being that he knows Golovkin likes to stalk a foe and wear him down. He said he thinks Golovkin can be pushed back and hit because his head movement isn't great. He won't go in looking to score a one-punch KO, Stevens said, but with his power, a KO is always possible.
He said in the next few weeks, he might try to get under Golovkin's skin: "I might piss him off even more. It's game time now, I'm hungry, I want blood." Trying out a Halloween theme, he said he will look to "decapitate" Golovkin on fight night. "I'm ready to go in and shock the world," he said.
When he wins, he said he'd like a date with Sergio Martinez next and shrugged off the surprise in some circles that he lobbied for this chance. "He's the most feared middleweight in the world," he said. "Why not go after Gods, instead of peasants?"
It remains to be seen how his performance plays out, but to this point, Stevens has talked a helluva game: "I'm coming in to knock him out," he said. "I'm going in to wreck the wrecking machine."
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