The Amazing Stevens Predicts

By Clarence George on July 31, 2013
The Amazing Stevens Predicts
"If it was up to me," predicts Stevens, "I would take Gennady Golovkin out, you know?"

“I predict an outburst of cannibalism that will terrorize the population of one of the industrial cities in the state of Pennsylvania.”—The Amazing Criswell

“No man is happy without a delusion of some kind.”—Christian Nestell Bovee

Middleweight Curtis Stevens will face junior middleweight Saul Roman in a scheduled 10-rounder at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on August 3, to be aired by NBC Sports.

A nine-year pro, 28-year-old Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs), fought once in 2012, stopping Romaro Johnson by first-round TKO in March, and twice this year, stopping Elvin Ayala by first-round KO in January and defeating Derrick Findley by unanimous decision in April.

A super middleweight until the beginning of this year, “Showtime” has lost three times, stopped by Marcos Primera by eighth-round TKO in 2006, and defeated by Andre Dirrell in 2007 and Jesse Brinkley in 2010, both via unanimous decision. 

Roman (37-9, 31 KOs), who turned 33 this month, has been a pro since 2000. “La Fiera” fought twice last year, beating Richard Gutierrez by unanimous decision in April and stopping Martin Avila by second-round KO in June, and once this year, stopping Jose Pinzon by ninth-round TKO in March.

The Mexican “Wild Beast” has been stopped six times, by Jesus Soto Karass via first-round KO in 2002, Marco Antonio Rubio by fourth-round TKO in 2003, Sergio Martinez by fourth-round KO in 2007, Daniel Stanislavjevic by fourth-round TKO the same year, Thomas Oosthuizen by eighth-round KO in 2010, and Vanes Martirosyan by seventh-round TKO in 2011.

Assuming a win for Stevens, by no means a certainty, the Brooklynite is eager to take on the best of the middleweight division, including champs Martinez, Daniel Geale, Peter Quillin, and Gennady Golovkin.

“If it was up to me, I would take Gennady Golovkin out, you know?” Stevens tells’s Lem Satterfield. “They’re saying that he’s the most feared middleweight, but I’m calling him out. People are scared to fight him, but I’m asking to fight him. His trainer [Abel Sanchez], though, is saying I’m not ready. I don’t know how I’m not ready if I’m asking to fight.”

It’s possible that Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, will overrule Sanchez. According to’s Steve Kim, Loeffler is indeed interested in matching “GGG” with Stevens in New York on November 2, to be aired by HBO, assuming preferred opponent Martin Murray refuses the opportunity or opts to face the Kazakh in December. Murray was impressive in his match with Martinez three months ago, suffering a controversial loss by unanimous decision.

“Abel Sanchez, he’s smart,” says Stevens. “He knows not to put Gennady Golovkin in there with me, because he’s going to get his first loss ever in his career, and he’s going to get knocked out with that loss.”

Sort of like that cannibal problem in Pennsylvania.

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  1. Clarence George 09:11pm, 08/03/2013

    Very impressive win by Stevens via first-round KO.

  2. Clarence George 02:34am, 08/02/2013

    Good one, Irish!  I look forward to using it.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:02pm, 08/01/2013

    Clarence George-“Our comedies are not to be laughed at.”....Samuel Goldwyn.

  4. Clarence George 11:59am, 08/01/2013

    The thinking might be that a good showing on the part of Stevens against someone of Golovkin’s quality and growing popularity, even if he loses, might make him more marketable.  It’s unlikely, though, that he’ll prove impressive against the Kazakh.  Hey, he may not even beat Roman, though I think he will.

    All that’s well-nigh certain is that Golovkin needs at least one more opponent this year, preferably two.  He wants to go into 2014 in as strong a position as possible to demand bouts with at least guys like Darren Barker, Felix Sturm, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but preferably with Peter Quillin, Daniel Geale, and Sergio Martinez.  I think he wants nothing less than to unify the titles.

  5. bk don 10:21am, 08/01/2013

    One thing i do wonder about Steven’s smack talk is does he realistically think Main events would sign off on him fighting GGG. Seems w/kid chocolate looking for an opponent, and not having many options, that that’s another strong possibility. If he was the mandatory, therefore was guaranateed a portion of the total purses i could see them signing off on it. Now, they’ve probably thinking why let him get knocked out for small money when they could potentially angle him into a bigger payday. If HBO likes the bout, maybe they will kick it a decent license fee.

  6. Clarence George 04:31am, 08/01/2013

    I agree, Paul.  Stevens is admirably gutsy, as demonstrated by his willingness to get in the ring with Golovkin, against whom he’d last two or three rounds.  In fairness to “Showtime,” I can’t think of any middleweight who could take “GGG,” and the number who’d put on a good show against him can be counted on the fingers of one hand…and you wouldn’t use all the fingers.

  7. Paul 02:56am, 08/01/2013

    Gotta admire his willingness! I think it’s clear that no one is going to go in and outbox GGG without getting severely punished in the process. This is attitude to take to a fight like that: WAR!! Sadly something which is at times missing in the fighter’s psyche these days

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