Stevens vs. N’Jikam

By Clarence George on July 30, 2014
Stevens vs. N’Jikam
I agree with Stevens' promoter, Kathy Duva, that this will indeed be "an electrifying bout."

Curtis Stevens will take on Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in a 12-round IBF middleweight title eliminator in Santa Monica, California…

“An electrifying bout between two top middleweights.”—Kathy Duva

Curtis Stevens will take on Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in a scheduled 12-round IBF middleweight title eliminator at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on October 1, 2014, the winner to be the mandatory challenger to IBF champ Sam Soliman.

Stevens, 29, is a 10-year pro (27-4, 20 KOs) who last fought in April, stopping Tureano Johnson by 10th-round TKO. Fighting out of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, Stevens has been stopped twice, by Marcos Primera via eighth-round TKO in 2006 and Gennady Golovkin in 2013, who retired “Showtime” in the eighth. Stevens’ other two losses were by unanimous decision, losing to Andre Dirrell in 2007 and Jesse Brinkley in 2010.

Thirty-year-old N’Jikam is also a 10-year-pro (30-1, 18 KOs). Like Stevens, he last fought in April, beating Fulgencio Zuniga by unanimous decision. Never stopped, the Frenchman, by way of Cameroon, has only lost to Peter Quillin, who won by unanimous decision in 2012.

I agree with Stevens’ promoter, Kathy Duva, that this will indeed be “an electrifying bout” – and a tough one to call. But I’m going with Stevens by split or majority decision.

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  1. Clarence George 12:34pm, 07/31/2014

    Yes.  Which is why Ali’s fights with guys not named Frazier often left something to be desired.  But Stevens would be a fool not to bring his A game against N’Jikam.  Quillin has a good KO record, yet had to be satisfied with a UD, despite knocking N’Jikam down six times—twice each in the fourth, the sixth, and the 12th.  N’Jikam has never been stopped (and with only that one loss, to Quillin), and I don’t think Stevens will get ‘er done.  But I do think “Showtime” will beat the Frenchman—just.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:09am, 07/31/2014

    Clarence George-GGG’s dismantling of Stevens was more impressive than his blowout of Geale…..aside from the skill levels supposedly in Geale’s favor…..Curtis is stronger and more durable…..simply put he can endure a more hellacious beating…...he hits considerably harder and he landed on GGG proving something about GGG’s chin…....Curtis was sky high for the fight yet GGG brought him around and made him behave with the thunderous shots he was bouncing off Stevens’ noggin. One more thing…..something that is often overlooked by experts, historians and fans as well…..that is…..some fighters try harder against certain other fighters and you can bet the bank Curtis was trying harder that night.

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