Gennady Golovkin appears to have found his next opponent, and Main Events has found their next world title fight, this time for Curtis Stevens. After some negotiation that started with Stevens and his promoter reportedly turning down an offer of $300,000 for the fight, and then Kathy Duva telling us they were simply taking the weekend to mull the offer, it looks like we've got a fight.
Chris Mannix reports that Golovkin-Stevens is "nearly done" for November 2, with the fight headed to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO) has been ripping through competition since debuting on HBO last year with a win over Grzegorz Proksa, following that up with beatings of Gabriel Rosado and Matthew Macklin, with a non-HBO domination of Nobuhiro Ishida mixed in for flavor. Stevens (25-3, 18 KO) has thrown his name into the 160-pound mix with big knockouts of Elvin Ayala and Saul Roman on NBC Sports. He also beat Derrick Findley on that network, but the extra-durable Findley did not fall over eight rounds.
It's an interesting fight in that we have a pair of devastating punchers matched up with one another. Stevens, 28, already has three losses on his record, but at 160 he's looked even stronger than he was as a super middleweight, and he was a good puncher there, too. Golovkin, 31, will be the extremely heavy favorite on paper, but when you have two guys with this sort of power (and not a lot of regard for defense, either), it's hard to count out anyone. On paper, this is an electrifying matchup, and promises to be over pretty quickly one way or the other, I would say.
Does Stevens have a chance, or is he walking into a buzzsaw against GGG?