In his last fight on NBC Sports Network, Stevens knocked out Saul Roman in the first round (Photo by Main Events).
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) is wasting little time to correct the mistakes he feels that he made in a November bout with WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin. Less than three months after that world championship fight at Madison Square Garden, Stevens is now finishing up preparation for a January 24th date with Polish slugger Patrick Majewski (21-2, 13 KOs), set to take place at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City and air live on the NBC Sports Network.
“I was thinking too much in the Golovkin fight. I was thinking but not reacting,” Stevens said of the bout, a courageous performance in which he was able to persevere through a second round knockdown before an eventual stoppage in the eighth frame. “Being that I was thinking so much and not reacting, I got caught behind the eight ball. It’s a learning lesson. Boxing is always a learning lesson. You win some, you lose some, but it’s just all about the way you come back.”
Despite the end result, anyone who saw the type of heart and determination displayed by Stevens left that bout wanting to see more of the 28-year-old fighter. On the reverse side, the very driven Stevens feels that he cannot accept anything less than victories from himself.
“Everything is alright because I came out okay, and I live to fight again,” he remarked. “But me as a fighter, I only believe in my heart that it was a negative. I lost. I didn’t win. So we’ve just gone back to the drawing board and just correct the wrongs.”
After a brief vacation, it was immediately back into the gym for Stevens to make those necessary revisions.
“It was important (to return to the ring quickly),” he confirmed. “After the Golovkin fight, I sat down with my promoters, and we spoke. We sat down and spoke about what 2-14 was going to go like. They asked me if I was ready to come back. I said ‘Yeah. I’m a fighter. I’m always ready to fight. This is what I do for a living.’ After losing and watching the tape, I was like ‘Damn. All I had to do was let my hands go.’ I’m ready to get back in there and show people, you know? Just because I lost doesn’t mean anything. It was a little setback, but all it did was set up a comeback.”
The type of motivation being shown by Stevens is something that can often be found in the boxing strong City of Brooklyn, but the Brownsville native says it gets much more personal for him when you speak about what he symbolizes.
“I represent Brooklyn, but, most importantly, I represent Brownsville,” he confirmed. “When I get announced, they say I’m from Brownsville, Brooklyn. They don’t just say I’m from Brooklyn, New York. Brownsville – we consider ourselves our own little borough itself. Mike Tyson came from Brownsville. Zab Judah, Riddick Bowe, a lot of great fighters. I’m just trying to get into that league and become a world champion like them.”
As he continues on his pursuit of a world title, Stevens next finds a gritty opponent in front of him on January 24th. Majewski is also coming off a loss in his most recent fight against the undefeated Patrick Nielson last September in Denmark, but he does certainly present a challenge that Stevens is not taking lightly.
“He comes to fight. He likes coming forward. That’s the most I really have to say about him,” he said of Majewski. “I didn’t really see anything else. He looks like he’s in good shape, and he likes to fight. I just have to go in there and do what I do. Stay focused, not think too much and let my hands go.”
Doors open at Resorts Casino at 7:00 p.m. on the 24th, with the first bell slated to ring an hour later. The card, which is presented by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, DiBella Entertainment and Showpony Promotions, will go live at 10:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. Prior to Stevens-Majewski, the broadcast opens with a cruiserweight contest between Thabiso Mchunu and Olanrewaju Durodola for the vacant NABF crown.
Tickets for Stevens-Majewski are priced at $50 and $75. They are available by calling the Resorts Casino Box Office at 1-800-736-1420, as well as through TicketMaster by calling at 1-800-745-300 or visiting online (Keyword: Main Events).