Gennady Golovkin knocked Brooklyn-born Curtis Stevens to the mat with a left hook in Round 2 on Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Most expected the middleweight titleholder to close the show and finish off Stevens, but his opponent didn't cooperate. He hung tough, stayed smart and made it through Round 8.
Stevens landed scoring blows along the way -- more than Golovkin is used to absorbing -- but body shots in the eighth got to him. He was caught on the ropes, trying in vain to cover up, and went back to his stool nearly spent. His corner said "no more," seeking to keep him from being battered in the next round.
Golovkin, who needed to be patient as Stevens fought a tactically smart style, landed 293 of the 794 punches he threw, compared to 97-303 for Stevens, who spent the night trying to catch Golovkin after errant launches.