Stevens continued his middleweight climb on Saturday at MSG.
Brooklyn Fighter Passes Tough Test with Success
Brooklyn native Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs) had a tough test in front of him on Saturday, meeting middleweight gatekeeper Derrick Findley (20-10, 13 KOs) at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Stevens was ready for the task at hand, emerging victorious after all three judges thought he won the bout in convincing fashion.
Stevens brought a calm and poise demeanor to the opening frame, throwing his punches in numbers and landing both with precision and power. Findley did regroup after that first round, however, and he began to use his trademark pressure for the entirety of the remaining seven frames. Keeping the action tight by constantly stalking is how he found his greatest successes, but Stevens used volume punching to keep his opposition in check.
Stevens countered the aggression of Findley with some good body-to-head combination work, creating himself some space in the process. Midway through the 4th round, he used the room in front of him to deliver a flush right hook, and he then quickly stepped to the side and dealt a solid left hook that buzzed Findley. With his opposition in trouble, Stevens began to land his punches with ease for the remainder of the frame, but the resilient Findley was able to make it to the bell.
Findley returned to stalking in the next round, looking to trap Stevens on the ropes so he had even less space to work. However, the Brooklyn fighter was able to once again cause some damage late in the frame when he caught him with a sweeping left hand, but Findley was able to punch his was to the end of the round. Stevens then began to focus his attack on the body in the 6th frame, and this strategy noticeably slowed down the aggression of his opponent. He also began to make very good use of his hands, tossing combinations in heavy doses and throwing punches from all types of angles.
The 7th round saw the lone knockdown of the bout, albeit a temporary one. Stevens was touched with the slightest of punches from Findley, but he did lose his balance and fell to the canvas. Referee Eddie Claudio began counting Stevens to the confusion of everyone, ruling it a knockdown. However, that decision was changed to being a slip and annulled from the point tally.
Heading into the 8th and final frame, Stevens was in control, and he continued to use volume and angles to put this one away as another victory for his resume. When the final counts were revealed by the ringside officials, it was a unanimous decision for him by scores of 79-73 and 78-74 (twice).
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