Unbeaten Golovkin stops Stevens to keep crown
Gennady Golovkin hits Curtis Stevens with a right during their WBA Middleweight Title fight at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2013 in New York City, which Golovkin won after the referee stopped the fight in the eighth
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.
It was the eighth successful title defense for Golovkin, who won the title by stopping Colombian Nilson Julio Tapia in 2010.