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You can question Stevens' chin, but not his heart

Curtis Stevens might not be the biggest thing in boxing. He might not be the best puncher or have the sturdiest chin. But against Thomas Reid, Stevens did one of the hardest things a fighter can do in boxing: he climbed off the canvas to stop his opponent.

Originally Published: March 10, 2008
By Thomas Hauser | Special to ESPN.com

There's an image of a fighter in trouble that has stayed in my mind for several weeks, so I thought I'd write about it.

On March 6, Curtis Stevens was in the ring against journeyman Thomas Reid in an eight-round undercard bout at the Manhattan Center in New York City.

Stevens is a 23-year-old super middleweight from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn with an 18-2 record and 13 knockouts. He was once a hot prospect. In July 2006, he suffered a premature-stoppage loss at the hands ...

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