Gennady Golovkin is as polite as fighters come, but with an 89% knockout ratio that rates the best among current world champions, the Big Bear-trained fighter doesn’t have to be over-the-top complimentary of his opponents anymore.
Asked Thursday at a news conference near Los Angeles International Airport about his Nov. 2 opponent, Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 knockouts), Golovkin said, “Big puncher,” but expressed certainty he could take the New Yorker’s best punch.
“Small, short, tall, it doesn’t matter to me. I’ll see him Nov. 2.”
Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) and Stevens will fight at the Madison Square Garden Theater in an HBO-televised bout that is expected to serve as a final push to give the Kazakhstan fighter major opponents in 2014.
“There are a lot of great boxers at 160 [pounds] -- Peter Quillin, Sergio Martinez,” said Golovkin, 31. “I think Sergio will fight me. He can move well, good athlete, fast.”