Gennady Golovkin vs. Curtis Stevens – tension was in the air for their last press conference
Nov 01 2013 1:39 PM
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Undefeated Kazakhstan sensation Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) against rising star Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn in a scheduled 12-round middleweight title bout. With an 89% knockout rate — the highest percentage of any world champion today — and knockouts of his last 14 opponents, Golovkin, 31, has established himself as one of the most electrifying fighters in the sport.

He scored a spectacular victory on HBO in June when he KO'd Matthew Macklin in the third round. This will be the fourth fight on American soil for the fan-friendly, 160-pound titleholder, who trains at Big Bear in California.

Like Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe before him, Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) is a product of the hardscrabble neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Although he's been a pro for nine years, the 28-year-old's career has surged the past two years and he's scored impressive first-round KO victories in three of his last four fights.

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