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Gennady Golovkin vs. Curtis Stevens: Mind games got ugly?

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This Saturday, November 2nd, the skills and power of WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO's) will once again be on display. The Kazakhstan native, one of the most dangerous punchers in the sport, holds an impressive knockouts-to-fights ratio of 89%, the highest among all champions today.

Of 27 opponents, only 3 have survived the distance.

Middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado, who suffered a brutal loss to Golovkin last January, compared Gennady's punches to being hit with a baseball bat. And the tough-as-nails Philadelphia-bred fighter's analogy only confirms what many of us already knew.

The Kazakhstan assassin, despite his quiet and unassuming demeanor outside the ring, is utterly destructive inside it.

Golovkin is far more than your typical brawler with debilitating power. His technical prowess and understanding of range and angles may be among the best in the sport.

Opponents who thought they'd simply outspeed and outbox the former Olympic pugilist have learned Gennady has a potentially limitless ability to fight with success and proficiency against any style.

And that is what makes Golovkin so deadly.

Not only does he possess the God-given punching power of a crushing brawler, he has the skill and artistry of a polished boxer. The fight-savvy Golovkin also employs fine footwork and is among the sport's best at cutting-off the ring.

Simply put, he forces opponents to break, physically and mentally.

Golovkin's opponent for Saturday night, Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KO's), is a more-than-formidable foe with impressive punching power of his own. As a matter of fact, some believe Stevens may have the tonic to offer Golovkin a stern test, or even defeat the WBA Champion.

And Stevens is already proving to be special. He has yet to set foot in the ring with Gennady but, last month, accomplished something no opponent had done before - Get under the skin of the surging middleweight champion.

Stevens angered the usually tanquil Gennady with photos he posted on social media avenues Twitter and Instagram.


Golovkin called it b*llsh*t and said in response, "I show him real action in the ring. I want street fight. ... No decision, I want street fight."

The Kazakhstan native also insisted he'll put a beating on his foe come Saturday night.

Perhaps Team Stevens' strategy is to frustrate Golovkin before the fight, hoping Gennady's anger will disrupt his thinking in the ring.

Is it an intelligent strategy?

Should Stevens be provoking such a deadly puncher?

November 2nd has just gotten more interesting.


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