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Gennady Golovkin knocks down American Curtis Stevens in the second round during their WBA Middleweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday. The Khazakh won the bout when the referee stopped the fight at the end of Round Eight. - AFP
NEW YORK CITY (AFP): Undefeated World Boxing Association middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defended his title Saturday by stopping US challenger Curtis Stevens in a fight halted after eight rounds.
Referee Harvey Dock stopped the bout after Kazakhstan's Golovkin unleashed a furious flurry on the challenger that left Stevens dazed and bloody as he went to his corner after the bell.
Golovkin improved to 28-0 with his 25th early-stoppage triumph. It was the 15th fight in a row since 2008 in which Golovkin, 31, has won without needing to go the distance.
Stevens, who was knocked down by Golovkin with a hard right hook in the second round, fell to 28-4.
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