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.
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.”
A left hook had Stevens on the canvas
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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 challenger’s face told the story
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.