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Curtis Stevens: 'I'm ready to get back'

January, 10, 2014
Jan 10
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."

GGG forces Stevens' corner to pull plug

November, 3, 2013
Gennady Golovkin knocked Brooklyn-born Curtis Stevens to the mat with a left hook in Round 2 on Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Most expected the middleweight titleholder to close the show and finish off Stevens, but his opponent didn't cooperate. He hung tough, stayed smart and made it through Round 8.

Stevens landed scoring blows along the way -- more than Golovkin is used to absorbing -- but body shots in the eighth got to him. He was caught on the ropes, trying in vain to cover up, and went back to his stool nearly spent. His corner said "no more," seeking to keep him from being battered in the next round.

Golovkin, who needed to be patient as Stevens fought a tactically smart style, landed 293 of the 794 punches he threw, compared to 97-303 for Stevens, who spent the night trying to catch Golovkin after errant launches.

Kovalev trainer likes Golovkin over Stevens

November, 2, 2013
John David Jackson, the former junior middleweight and middleweight champ who now trains fan favorite Sergey Kovalev, spoke to NYFightblog about tonight's headline attraction at Madison Square Garden's Theater.

Jackson, who took part in a ceremony before the promotion kicked off at MSG in which Kovalev received a custom ring from promoter Main Events in appreciation of his title win against WBO 175 pound champ Nathan Cleverly in his last scrap, said he thinks Gennady Golovkin will get the better of Curtis Stevens.

"I give Golovkin the edge 'til proven otherwise, but I'm pulling for Stevens," he said.

"If Curtis can let his hands go, he's probably the faster fighter," Jackson added.

"The thing about Golovkin: He hasn't really fought anybody. His trainer, Abel Sanchez, said he's better than Marvin Hagler -- what was he smoking the day he said that?" Jackson said, chuckling.

Jackson recalled a rough night, on Jan. 29, 2010, for Stevens, when he lost a UD12 to Jesse Brinkley and looked uninspired in doing so.

"That fight with Brinkley showed he might not be on the level they say he is ... but 'til you beat Golovkin, you can't say anything bad about him, you can just say he has shortcomings."

Curtis Stevens rekindles the fire

January, 10, 2013
Curtis Stevens was part of an aggressive and exciting movement in boxing in 2005, part of the crew that married the fight game and hip hop. Promoter Lou DiBella, hip-hop entrepeneur Damon Dash and music producer Chris Gotti came together and looked to push Andre Berto, Stevens, Jaidon Codrington, and Gary Stark Jr., who were supposed to be a resurgent NYC wrecking crew. The marriage, great in theory when executed in January 2005, sought to align demographic groups, but didn't flourish as hoped.

Gotti and his brother Irv getting indicted by the Feds for money laundering didn't help, and though they were acquitted in late 2005, the legal woes were a distraction. Prior attempts to give boxing a hip-hoppy push, such as MC Hammer's entry into the management realm, and KO Nation, the HBO entity which featured emcee Ed Lover from "Yo! MTV Raps," flamed up and then out rather quickly. Losses by Codrington (KO1 by Allan Green in November 2005) and Stevens (TKO8 by Marcos Primera in July 2006) dimmed some of the luster, as well. By 2008, the Dash-DiBella union had basically petered out. In June 2007, Stevens suffered another loss, on Showtime, to Andre Dirrell, and his momentum got stuck in the mud. He's fought six times since then, going 5-1, but the buzz was largely absent.

Now it's back. Not to the same degree, no. But Stevens is doing his best to stir it up, get the mojo flowing again. He has a new promoter, Main Events, after falling out with Joe DeGuardia, and gloves up on Jan. 19 against Elvin Ayala at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. (That card is topped by a Gabriel Campillo-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight scrap, and will run on NBC's cable sports channel.) The Brownsville native sounded like he was brimming with some of the same zest and hopefulness we heard in 2005 while he talked with NYFightblog on Wednesday. "Elvin Ayala is not in my league," said the 27-year-old, who is now living in Queens. "He's in my way right now. When you got something in your way, you got to run it over." Ayala, age 31, is a Connecticut resident with a 26-5-1 record. He is on a six-fight winning streak.

Out of the ring in 2011, fighting just once in 2012, Stevens says the time out of the spotlight helped him. "It matured me, it humbled me," he said. During that time, he helped his mom out at her day care center, Little Libby's Angels, in Brownsville, shuttling the children. "I'm grateful I got another chance to show my skills."

Stevens will fight Ayala at middleweight but is willing and able to go to 154 to git 'r done, he said. "K9 Bundrage, he wants to bully people, I'd like to smash him," Stevens said. "Canelo is looking for super fights but if he wants to get in the dog cage we can do it. Gennady Golovkin, they say he's a big puncher, I'd like to sit him on his ass. I want to be the first guy from Brownsville to win a title since Zab Judah. I don't want nothing easy, I want to take it. I'm ready for anything, I'm ready for war. Two years off, I'm ready. It's no time to play. I'm watching guys with titles get easy fights. That's what boxing is turning into. I'm here to put a stop to that."

Curtis Stevens is back

March, 24, 2012
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.