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Quick return for Curtis Stevens

11/29/2013
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Middleweight contender Curtis Stevens is not going to sit around and mope after getting stopped in a courageous effort against titleholder Gennady Golovkin on Nov. 2.

Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) got stopped in the eighth round of a one-sided fight challenging for the belt, but he showed enormous heart in a crowd-pleasing fight. Instead of a long layoff, Stevens is getting back into the ring as quickly as possible. He will return to headline a card on Jan. 24 (NBC Sports Net) against an opponent to be determined, Main Events matchmaker Jolene Mizzone told ESPN.com.

The native of Brooklyn, N.Y., 28, had won four fights in a row, including three by crushing first-round knockout, heading into the showdown with Golovkin at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.