Thinking too much. That's one of the the takeaways Curtis Stevens had from his Nov. 2 loss to Gennady Golovkin, one of the most buzzed about and feared hitters in the sport today.
The Brownsville native told NYFightblog that he is a bit irked at himself, looking back on his round-eight loss, believing that he too often stood flatfooted and wasn't busy enough.
"I didn't let my hands go," said the 28-year-old, who gets back on that proverbial horse Jan. 24, against Patrick Majewski, in Atlantic City, and on NBC Sports Network.
Stevens told me that the big stage, at MSG Theater, and in the HBO feature attraction, didn't cause him to turn in a lesser performance than he would have liked.
"No, I'm not going to make an excuse," he said. "I'm mad I lost and I take losses, and wins, as a learning lesson.
"Golovkin is an excellent boxer, I take nothing away from him," Stevens (25-4 with 18 KOs) continued. "Is he all he's cracked up to be? He's an excellent fighter, a great fighter. If I had let my hands go I believe I would have had an explosive night ... but I'd say yes, he's all he's cracked up to be."
And that Golovkin power, how does it stack up against all the guys Stevens has been in with during his amateur and pro career? "No, no, no, it wasn't that thunderous," he said. "I wasn't in there thinking,
What do I do?'"
Looking forward, Stevens says he's watched some of the 34-year-old Pole Majewski (21-2 with 13 KOs) on tape. "He comes forward, loves to fight, comes to fight," he said. "I'm ready to get back," he finished. "I'll be back."