Golovkin stops Stevens to retain titles

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Gennady Golovkin retained the WBA and IBO middleweight championships, stopping Curtis Stevens at the end of the eighth round Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Golovkin, from Kazakhstan, improved to 28-0 in front of 4,618 fans mostly cheering for him

at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. He retained his titles for the fourth time this year and successfully defended a title for the ninth time as a professional.

Golovkin dropped Stevens late in the second round with consecutive left hooks and continued his assault with combinations near the ropes.

The end came with a dominating display in the eighth. Golovkin used his right hand to pound Stevens under his swollen left eye. The round ended with a series of body shots and Stevens' corner stopped the fight.