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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Stevens, Mchunu back on Jan. 24

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Middleweight contender Curtis Stevens and cruiserweight contender Thabiso Mchunu will both be back in action in scheduled 10-round bouts on the same card Jan. 24 at Resorts International Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., Main Events announced Thursday.

Stevens, in his first fight since suffering an eighth-round knockout loss challenging Gennady Golovkin for his world title on Nov. 2, will face Patrick Majewski in the main event. Mchunu, in his first fight since a breakthrough decision win against Eddie Chambers in a lopsided fight on Aug. 3, will face Garrett Wilson.

The card kicks off the third season of Main Events' "Fight Night" series (NBC Sports Network, 10 p.m. ET).

"I am back. I will show everyone the Curtis Stevens that they know and love," said Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs), 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Majewski (21-2, 13 KOs), 33, a native of Poland living in Atlantic City, is coming off a 12-round decision loss to Patrick Nielsen on Sept. 7 in Denmark but he has a chance to get into contention with a victory.

"This is a great fight and it's a great opportunity. It's a big test," Majewski said. "I can't wait to get it on."

Mchunu (14-1, 10 KOs), 25, of South Africa, was unknown in the United States before he schooled Chambers, the former heavyweight contender who dropped down in weight for the fight and was stunningly upset.

"Last time my win was clinical," Mchunu said. "This time it's gonna be catastrophic."

Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs), 31, of Philadelphia, earned a lot of respect from boxing fans on Nov. 16, when he moved up to heavyweight to take on 2008 Ukrainian Olympic bronze medalist Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov three days' notice when an ill Tomasz Adamek dropped out.

Although Wilson lost a unanimous decision, he showed enormous heart and toughness against Glazkov, more than enough to earn another nationally televised bout.

"Curtis Stevens, Thabiso Mchunu and Garrett Wilson each made a big statement in their last fight and won over many fans," Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said. "We've been fielding calls, emails and tweets asking when they'll be fighting again. We are so pleased that we can bring them back to NBCSN 'Fight Night' for this Friday evening edition of the show. The addition of Patrick Majewski fits perfectly into that mix.

"All of these boxers have interesting stories, contrasting styles, throw lots of big punches and will put it all on the line to entertain the fans and advance their careers."