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SecondsOut Team Picks: Golovkin Vs Stevens

SecondsOut’s army or writers put their reputations on the line to predict the outcome of this Saturday’s WBA/IBO middleweight title fight between the unbeaten and hard hitting champion Gennady Golovkin and American challenger Curtis Stevens in New York.


See below who our army of correspondents think will be victorious


The way in which Golovkin is putting his opponents away lately it would be foolish to predict anything other than a Golovkin victory. Stevens has a reputation as a puncher and his power is respectable but Golovkin’s power is exceptional. Pretty much every punch from Golovkin shakes up his opponents until they buckle and I can see Stevens falling apart around the fifth round


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Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief



I think Golovkin will win by KO in the mid rounds. His height advantage will make it hard for Stevens and we may see Golovkin use his boixng skills in the first few rounds to settle into the fight but ultimately when he has time Stevens coming in he will start landing the right hand and left hook and it could all e over in one punch.


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Dylan Cox


England .


Stevens will come out swinging knowing that he can’t make this a long fight if he is going to have a shot. He needs to do what he does best and that is land the big one. He’ll connect on some good shots early and get the hometown crowd into it, but his lack of defense and Golovkins precision will eventually be too much. Stevens makes it interesting for a few, but Golovkins talents will take over. Assuming he wins, will Golvokin finally get a showdown with Sergio? Will the current HBO / Showtime contract situations continue to prevent quality fights? It’s unfortunate that we can’t see a GGG / Kid Chocolate unification bout because of contractual regulations. GGG / Sergio seems likely on HBO PPV in the near future. Even if Stevens can’t pull off the upset on Saturday, he should continue to find business success as the exciting hometown brawler at the Barclays Center and MSG. It’s unfortunate that timing won’t allow him to fight at the “Battle of Brooklyn” on December 7.


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Mike Franzak

Grand Rapids





Gennady Golovkin looks like the best middleweight right now. Martinez and Quillin are right there behind him but I feel he can rule the division for a while. Curtis Stevens is solid but hasn’t beaten enough close to Golovkin’s caliber and lost to guys that aren’t world beaters. I expect a valiant effort by Stevens but for Golovkin to wear him down and score a stoppage by the middle of the fight.


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Derek Gionta






Golovkin too heavy-handed. With Stevens muscular style, he’ll be right there and Golovkin will break him down and stop him in 9.


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Jeff Jowett

New York




Stevens will be dangerous early with his wild swings, but Golovkin will break him down to the body and stop him in round 8.


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James Smith


Las Vegas







In this fight we have two fighters that can hurt you with either hand, Stevens the shorter, thicker fighter whose last lost was to Jessie Brinkley.  Stevens has shown the power and potential that should test Golovkin’s chin. Other than his fight with Andre Dirrell, this will be his biggest fight yet. Gennady Golovkin is projected to be the future of the middle weight division and is on most pound for pound to ten list. Golovkin is the more accomplished, polished of the two combatants and because of that, I see Golovkin winning within the distance.


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Reginald Murrell






I don’t see this one going past the fourth round.  Golovkin has all the advantages, technique, a good, crisp jab that sets up his power punches and the ability to stop an opponent with one shot.  Stevens has only one chance that I can see, to attack early and hope one of his bombs lands and proves to the remaining doubters of Gennady that he might not be able to take it as well as he can dish it out.  The only problem is, that mode of attack will leave him open to Golovkin’s straighter, more compact punches.  But Stevens does have power.  I hope he does connect with Golovkin’s chin and we get some answers about that possible chink in the champion’s armor.  I don’t think it’s there.  I think Golovkin is the best middleweight out there right now and is only getting better.


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Matthew Hurley

Quincy, MA




GGG vs Curtis Stevens can only end one way.  Total carnage.  Stevens, after unleashing a barrage of pre-fight bile towards Golovkin will undoubtedly look to seize the initiative and attack him from the opening bell.  Stevens can punch but Golovkin looks to be the total package and won’t be fazed by having to weather an all out assault before he begins to sink in those sickening body shots that will end matters before half way.


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Danny Winterbottom





Golovkin, while it’s doubtful he’ll go down as one of the best of his generation, should win this one. Stevens is a solid fighter, of course, but I don’t see him being able to hang in there with Golovkin the entire 12 rounds, let alone winning. Golovkin via 10th round stoppage.


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Mike Sloan

Las Vegas 




In 2012, a relative unknown Gennady Golovkin hit the America boxing scene and has now become a household name. He is undefeated with 27 wins, 24 of his wins by knockout. Since in America, Golovkin has fought four times and winning all his fights. He has won each fight in 5 rounds or less with the exception of Gabriel Rosaso, which ended in round 7 when Rosado’s trainer tossed in the towel due to a cut over Rosado’s eye. Without a doubt, Golovkin is a power puncher, built with speed. He will face a tough Curtis Stevens who seems to be back on track after an impressive win over Saul Roman last August. Stevens as of late, has improved as a fighter, he is more focused with his improvements in the sweet science. Stevens looks to have more speed and power and definitely wins when it comes to trash talking. So, does Stevens have what it takes to beat Golovkin? In my opinion, no. Golovkin will be to quick and powerful for Stevens, count on Golovkin wearing Stevens down with the deadly body shots. Stevens does have a powerful and heavy handed hook shot, he will need all this and more if he has any chance at all. I see this fight ending in round 6 however, Golovkin will wear down Stevens down by cutting-off the ring and moving forward. To be honest, I see Golovkin delivering a body shot and connecting with a head shot, catching Stevens as he throws a wide hook shot.


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Ron Valderrama

Houston, Texas






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