Curtis “Kryptonite” Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) is challenging the WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) KO 24) on November 2nd at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City.
Stevens is from Brownsville, Brooklyn as was Mike Tyson. Like “Iron Mike,” Stevens has a flair for adding drama to a fight buildup. Stevens posted photos of a coffin with the initials “GGG” of his opponent on his Twitter site.
During a hard-hitting interview with FightNews, Stevens discussed his showdown with Golovkin, his training camp and his new nickname:
You fought most of your career as a super middleweight but your last three fights have been at middleweight. Why the drop to middleweight?
I feel that I was at the wrong weight for a long time. My punching power is always going to be there. I feel that I am a little faster at middleweight. Plus I am much stronger.
Golovkin has 24 knockouts with his 27 wins. You have tallied 18 knockouts with your 25 wins. Both of you have scored most of your knockouts during the early rounds. Do you have a game plan for dealing with his punching power?
I don’t necessarily feel that I have to be the one with a game plan to deal with power. I believe that it is the other way around. Does he have a game plan for my power? We have never seen him get really hit before. The question is how will he react when he gets hit?
It’s not an issue. Saul Roman was taller than me. Elvin Ayala was taller than me. Romaro Johnson was taller than me. I am used to fighting bigger guys. I say, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall!”
Golovkin wanted the fight in New York City. He has fought once before at The Garden. You will have the home town advantage. Your thoughts on this?
At the end of the day, a fan base is good. We are in my city, my home, and around my friends. It is always good to be at home. At the end of the day, it’s just me and him and the referee. There ain’t nobody to say save him, no nobody to save me.
Why are you training out of Larry Holmes’s former gym in Easton, Pennsylvania?
Well overall I have a three-year-old son. We were going to train out in Colorado. But flying back and forth, and there is a three hour time difference out in Colorado, and with that five-hour flight going out there, it is just not worth the hassle. So for me training closer to home is a convenience for everyone.
Has the former heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer been involved with your preparation?
Larry did come in to offer tips on how to deal with various situations.
I always said Golovkin is the most serious middleweight in the world. I say why not go out and take on the guy that everyone is so afraid of. Nobody wants to fight him like I said before. I asked for the fight and I got it. I’m going in there to wreck the wrecking machine.
Some people thought you went too far with the coffins you posted on your Twitter account. What inspired this? Think it will help sell the fight?
Well, I’m my own promotion. We all know Golovkin doesn’t speak that much. I believe that I have promoted this thing very well. I want to piss him off. You know he is the most serious middleweight out there. People don’t want to fight him. I am going to decapitate his ass.
If you are successful with Golovkin, would you want title unification with Geale?
Yeah, sure, but I really want the WBC belt in a title match. If they had had their way (Golovkin’s camp) they would have had him fighting (WBC champion) Sergio Martinez. So I’ll go the same route after I’d beat Golovkin’s ass. I should go and fight Martinez for the WBC title. And after that, whoever won it-won it!
Why the nickname change from “Showtime” to “Kryptonite?”
I believe television network issues. You know Showtime and HBO, they are going through their little problems right now. My nickname is “Showtime.” I don’t think calling me “Showtime” on HBO is going to work. My promoter came up with the name “Kryptonite.” If I can’t be called “Showtime” I’d rather not be called anything at all. But they call Golovkin a Superman and Superman’s weakness is kryptonite. So this is just another aspect that fits into the fight.
Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, has predicted the fight will end before the fifth. Do you have any predictions?
He is going to get knocked out doesn’t matter first, fifth, sixth or twelfth round. It’s plain and simple: His “0” is going to go! And if I don’t knock him out, then I am going to rough him up something awful over twelve rounds.
Open mike. Anything you want to say to the fans?
To all the people that are on my side I want to say “Thank You! I appreciate it!” To all of the people who are backing me, don’t worry you are not going to lose your money.