Showtime Destroys Saul Roman

By Robert Ecksel on August 4, 2013
Showtime Destroys Saul Roman
Curtis Stevens may have punched his way into a showdown with Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.

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.

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  1. kid vegas 10:31am, 08/06/2013

    I’m with Raxman on this one. Who has Superman fought?

  2. raxman 04:16pm, 08/05/2013

    koolz - I thought you knew what this site was about. save your “you know nothing about boxing” for eastside.
    You use Ishida as an example? Ishida? the feather fisted what? the feather fisted 154pounder.
    and that’s my point. if you could stop being so self righteous for one second you’d realise its not Golovkin I have a problem with. I followed amateur boxing right thru Golovkin’s career - and have kept an eye since he beat since he beat Daniel Geale in Osaka in 2001 at the east Asian games until he choked in the Olympic final in 04. I was a fan of GGG when you thought Golovkin was a side dish on a Russian menu.
    my problem is with the hype of a fighter that beats nobodies and is claimed the second coming. it happened with a pre calzaghe jeff lacy and more recently a pre froch lucian bute.
    how you beat someone you were always going to beat is irrelevant.
    As for your can’t get the fights coz the managers wont let their guys fighting him crap, save that for the tourists. GGG’s guys are just as guilty of that as anyone else. why would they put Golovkin in with quality when fans like you are gonna pump him up no matter who he beats. Ishida? Please mate, give me a spell
    i’ll say what I’ve always said, when the time comes for Golovkin to step up and fight a top level opponent i’ll give him props. but while abner mares is beating darchinyan, Moreno, agbeko and ponce de leon, and while carl froch is fighting top tier guy after top tier guy, i’ll save my adulation for those who have earned it in the ring, not your spank bank

  3. Koolz 01:28pm, 08/05/2013

    Daman Raxman not only do you show me you know nothing about boxing but you go out of your way to show you know nothing about boxing as an industry too!  Amazing!

    Just amazing!!!

    First of all no fighter can fight the fighter he calls out if the two parties involved do not agree on the fight.

    Second of all there are no middleweights in the same class as Golovkin.  Just watch Ishida fight, that kind of display would destroy any middle weight(plodder, hooker, pressure fighter, Sweet Science-jabber.)

    Third of all most Managers have brains and realize there not interested in sending there fighter in with someone that can bust them open with one punch.

    Golovkin is the real deal he is going to have to go to Super middle weight next year to even get someone that can handle him in the ring, only one fighter that might be able to last… and that’s Ward.

    I am not saying Ward would win that fight either.
    As that guy has said stupid stuff about his defense, Golovkin’s defense is so good you don’t even realize he is using it!

  4. Ted 08:17am, 08/05/2013

    Thanks. Birthdays are great. Wish everyday was one. 

    I even confused myself with my post!!

  5. Don from Prov 08:12am, 08/05/2013

    Hey Ted—Well, I do like these Eastern-Euros, but am not sure how that makes me impatient or relates to the non-career of Guinn:  Lomachenko is a featherweight, yes?  Anyway, the thought is well received.  Happy B-Day!

  6. Ted 06:33am, 08/05/2013

    As the Klitschkos move into the winter of their careers, a Kazakh middleweight, a Russian light heavyweight, and a Ukrainian might well fill the void.

    We pretty much know what Gennady Golovkin is all about and what we know, we like. After Russian KO artist Sergey Kovalev (21-0) fights Nathan Cleverly (26-0) on August 17 in a classic boxer vs. puncher tussle for the WBO light heavyweight title, we will know just how good the Russian is.

    All this is by way of saying Stevens who?

  7. Ted 06:32am, 08/05/2013

    Prov Lomachenko might be the new GGG. Br patient.

    The two-time Ukrainian Olympic champion, hailed as one of the greatest amateur boxers in recent decades, is going pro and reportedly will be based in Los Angeles after signing a multiyear contract with Top Rank, and that’s great news for boxing fans.

    Lomachenko is accustomed to being an amateur world champion. The thinking here is that it will not be long before he wears the mantle of a professional world champion and along with it, a popularity that will rival that of GGG—and this also could be great news for HBO if it is able to feature him in his quest for a rapid climb to the top.

  8. Don from Prov 06:21am, 08/05/2013

    Southern Disaster is apt shorthand for Guinn’s career—

    He coulda been a contender
    And thank goodness rax is keeping us from going Triple G INSANE

  9. Clarence George 02:30am, 08/05/2013

    Ha!  My friend Raxman is affected by Golovkin in the same way a demon-possessed is by holy water.  He won’t be satisfied with anything less than a triple-threat match of Golovkin taking on a resurrected and in-their-prime Sugar Ray Robinson and Harry Greb.  Hey, I’d like to see that myself.

  10. Darrell 11:15pm, 08/04/2013

    Gee raxman, did Triple G steal your wallet or something?.

    Stevens at least will give us the chance of seeing a KO against GGG….most likely his own.  It would be intriguing seeing two powerful punchers against each other though.

  11. raxman 09:19pm, 08/04/2013

    Of course golovkin is fighting another nobody. another c-grader. and then he’ll fight cotto. coz cotto has a name and golovkin loves beating up pumped up super welterweights as often as possible. Curtis Stevens? when they started talking about him fighting golovkin I thought it was a joke. but then joke is exactly how golovkin’s resume is looking. 27-0 and not a class opponent amongst them. which wouldn’t be so bad if GGG didn’t come with such great amateur pedigree. he should’ve been fighting quality by his 10th fight. instead we see him fight a whole load of euro c grade 160pounders, blown up second rate 154pounders and matthew “Jamie moore ko’d me” macklin
    if you base your adulation of fighters by the way they win then continue the circle jerk, but if you want to use a little discernment I suggest you hold off on the superlatives until Golovkin proves he isn’t another Lucian Bute

  12. Ted 03:17pm, 08/04/2013

    Koolz has the beat. In a strange way, getting these kinds of wins might provide gravitas, but it doesn’t get you ready for the likes of a GGG. Stevens needs a few rounds.

  13. Clarence George 01:24pm, 08/04/2013

    You raise an important clarifying point, bk don:  Mchunu isn’t literally “someone to watch”—he isn’t at all exciting.  But he’s worth keeping an eye on because he’s skilled enough to go places.  I think, though perhaps I’m wrong, that this is what Robert meant.

    I agree with you (and Rick and Koolz) that Stevens is nowhere near Golovkin’s quality and wouldn’t last more than two or three rounds.  My guess (which may be worth bupkis) is that they’ll fight in Nov. and that Murray will be the Kazakh’s final opponent for the year, in Dec.  My expectation and hope is that Golovkin will face at least someone like Chavez and preferably the likes of Geale come 2014.  Neither of whom, by the way, can beat him; nobody at middleweight can beat him.

  14. bk don 12:28pm, 08/04/2013

    That was a decent card. Everything went as can be expected, with the exception of the Chambers lopsided loss. I agree Clarence, Chamber’s performance was bad but i disagree about Mchunu being “someone to watch.” I mean, he’s highly skilled , but I didn’t enjoy one minute of that fight last night. Winning alone will not guarantee a prizefighter that they can become an attraction. Fighting the way Mchunu did last night certainly isn’t going to make TV executives jump at the chance to put him on the air. Stevens looked good, but Roman isn’t even a top 20 middleweight. In fact, he’s not a middleweight at all. I think unless HBO & GGG blow Stevens away with an offer it makes more sense for him to fight Quillin.

  15. Koolz 10:26am, 08/04/2013

    Stevens fight Golovkin in Nov?  Ok sure why not Stevens will be done in about 3 rounds.
    Golovkin will take him apart.  This Knock out that Stevens does proves nothing, he is still way below what Golovkin is as a fighter.

    I say let it happen if it is the only fight GGG can get in Nov at MSG.

  16. Rick 10:20am, 08/04/2013

    I agree. I recall seeing Stevens beaten by Jesse Brinkley a while back and while he may have improved since then I can’t imagine him giving GGG too much trouble. I’d be willing to bet that’s the fight we’ll see come November. Hopefully after that we’ll see GGG in with Martinez or Quillin.

  17. Clarence George 06:06am, 08/04/2013

    Nice recap of last night’s action.

    Stevens was unquestionably impressive, but will be completely outclassed by Golovkin should they meet, which I suspect they will.

    Chambers’ performance was abysmal, while Mchunu is indeed “someone to watch.”

    Never much cared for Adamek, with his plodding and end-of-round tricks, but he was certainly good enough to beat the hopelessly faded, however tough and gutsy, Guinn.

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