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Stevens holds fake funeral for Golovkin

ESPN staff
September 6, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Curtis Stevens has wasted no time in winding up WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin ahead of their title showdown, after he held a make-believe funeral for the Kazakhstan fighter over the internet.

Stevens hosted the fake service via his official Twitter account, where he was pictured "mourning" with friends around a coffin marked "RIP GGG". The American further fuelled the trash talk by stating it was a "sad day" for New York.

The 28-year-old added additional insult to his opponent, who he faces at Madison Square Garden on November 2, by posing next to the coffin and adding "Sleep in peace. He was a good boy".

Undefeated Golovkin was given a special permit by the WBA in order for the bout to take place.

Despite this being a voluntary defence of his title, Golovkin still has to face mandatory challenger Martin Murray - a fight which is already being touted for 2014.

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