The Gennady Golovkin punch that hit so hard it left his opponent looking like this

Gennady Golovkin is famed for being one of the most powerful punchers in middleweight boxing history.

In his prime, the Kazakh KO king racked up an incredible streak of 23 consecutive stoppage victories.

The Gennady Golovkin punch that hit so hard it left his opponent looking like this

GGG punished Stevens for his pre-fight talk

One of these came in 2013 against trash-talking American Curtis Stevens.

The always respectful Golovkin was clearly irked by his foe’s words in the build-up.

He even said before the fight: “He has big mouth. Talk, talk, talk, every day, on Facebook, Twitter.

“Too much for me. I don’t think he’s crazy, but he has panic. This is too much for him. He says, ‘I will kill him.’ This is crazy talk.”

The Gennady Golovkin punch that hit so hard it left his opponent looking like this

A left hook had Stevens on the canvas

GGG’s chance for revenge came when they finally stepped into the ring together on November 2, 2013.

After a straightforward opener, Golovkin upped the tempo in round two and smashed Stevens to the canvas with a left hook.

What happened next would be featured in GGG highlight reels for years to come.

The HBO camera zoomed in on Stevens’ face as he hit the deck and the American made an expression of pure disbelief.

The Gennady Golovkin punch that hit so hard it left his opponent looking like this

The challenger’s face told the story

The Gennady Golovkin punch that hit so hard it left his opponent looking like this

The fight was stopped after round eight

Stevens looked as though he had no idea what hit him as he got his first taste of Golovkin’s legendary power.

To his credit, he made it back to his feet and fought on all the way to the end of round eight.

As the one-sided beatdown got progressively worse, the American corner decided to call a halt to the bout.

GGG successfully defended his middleweight belt and went on to unify titles, proving himself as a true middleweight great.

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