Curtis Stevens is back

March, 24, 2012
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Brooklyn, N.Y.'s own Curtis Stevens used Romaro Johnson for target practice, dropping and stopping the Ohio fighter at 2:16 of Round 1 at the Aviator Complex on Saturday on the undercard of the Zab Judah-Vernon Paris smash-up. Stevens, who was heavily hyped and ruthlessly derided when he hit a couple of speedbumps, including a 2007 stinkbomb loss to Andre Dirrell, rose to 22-3 with the TKO victory.

This was Stevens' first tangle since he battled Jesse Brinkley in January 2010 (a 12-round unanimous decision loss). He is only 26, so he still has time to get on a hot streak and make some noise. Promotional tangles have kept him from being busier. Much was expected of the kid, back when he used to feed us keyboard-tappers red meat like, "I knock people out, I demolish them," and "My hook is like a meteorite," and he was likened to a mini Tyson.

It has been a while since the Chin Checkers have been referenced or his nickname, "Showtime," has been in use, but again, the Brownsville hitter turned pro at 19 and is only 26.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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