Showtime Destroys Saul Roman
Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) separated Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KOs) from his senses at 2:26 of round one to win the NABF middleweight title.
Roman, who has now lost four of his last 10 fights, tried hooking with a hooker and it proved fatal.
“I knew he loved to come forward and loved to fight,” said Stevens after the bout. “I came out a little slower than usual and tried to set up the jab, but the left hook took over. Saul’s a strong competitor, but that was perfect timing for my finisher.”
By adding another first round kayo to his ledger, the slugger from Brownsville may have punched his way into a showdown with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Stevens has been calling Triple G out and should they meet, the most avoided man in boxing is likely to give Showtime the fight of his life and then some.
Stevens was ringside when Golovkin fought Matthew Macklin in his last fight and coolly appraised the Kazakh’s performance.
“Gennady scored an excellent knockout,” he said, “and he’s a great fighter. But he fought a scared fighter.”
Stevens has no fear, fear being a big liability in boxing and in Brownsville. But he had better protect himself at all times.
Broadcast live on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night Series and co-promoted by Main Events and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Stevens-Roman headlined a three-fight card called “Three to See!” which included “Fast” Eddie Chambers vs. Thabiso Mchunu and Tomasz Adamek vs. Dominick Guinn.
Chambers (36-4, 18 KOs), a natural cruiserweight, had his first fight at cruiserweight and it was a sorry performance to behold. Mchunu (14-1, 10 KOs), aka The Rock, the 25-year-old southpaw from Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, was too fast, too smart, too accomplished for Fast Eddie to deal with. The judges scored it 97-93 and 99-91 twice. Mchunu is someone to watch. Where the 31-year-old Chambers goes from here is anyone’s guess. He had some notable wins while campaigning at heavyweight, but some soul-searching may be in order.
In the co-main event, perennial heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs), from Jersey City by way of Zywiec, Poland, looked as sharp as ever against the game but outgunned veteran Dominic Guinn (34-10-1, 23 KOs).
Guinn, who hails from Houston, Texas, was a last minute replacement for injured Tony Grano. The Southern Disaster, as he is known, was understandably out of shape, but he can still punch and his boxing skills, even at age 38, haven’t deserted him completely.
But Adamek is Adamek. He may not have had the right stuff to defeat Vitali Klitschko, welcome to the club, but he did what he needed to do to decision Guinn by scores of 98-92, 99-91, and 99-91.