Moments ago, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, undefeated WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin stopped challenger Curtis Stevens after 8 rounds of punishment. Although Stevens talked a big game leading up to the fight, it quickly became obvious that Golovkin is on a totally different level. After a cautious first round, Golovkin opened up and landed a devastating left hook that sent Stevens to the canvas late in the second round. Golovkin continued to turn up the pressure as he set up more of his power punches behind a consistent jab. Although Stevens would try to rally in the fourth, it didn't take long for Golovkin to reassert his dominance in the following round. After four more rounds of punishment, the corner of Stevens had seen enough and the referee called a halt to the action at the end of the eighth round.
Also on the card, undefeated heavyweight contender Mike Perez scored a unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Magomed Abdusalamov. It may have been the best heavyweight fight that boxing fans have seen in a long time, as both fighters came out trading multiple big shots from the opening bell. Perez may have gained the upper hand as early as the first round, however, after he landed a right hand that appeared to break the cheek bone of Abdusalamov. Although Abdusalamov fought through the adversity, a solid body attack from Perez slowed him down by the middle rounds. By the 8th round, the face of Abdusalamov was bleeding and busted open, and it was clear that Perez had taken control. In the end, the judges scored the bout 97-92, 95-94, and 97-92, all in favor of Mike Perez.