Middleweight Curtis Stevens Loses in Wrong Division, Needs To Go Back To 160 Pounds
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
One of the most powerful and feared of middleweight contenders, middleweight Curtis’ The Cerebral Assassin’ Stevens, 34, made the strangest move of his 15-year career when he agreed to fight a world-class opponent in a different division-junior middleweight. This proved to be mistake this past weekend. Stevens, inactive for a year, decided to make a comeback at junior middleweight in the 154 pounds weight class. Stevens entered his bout with power-hitting Wale Omotoso reaching for punches instead of getting set, leaving himself open to powerful overhand leads and counters. Stevens got decked in rounds one, two and three, forcing referee Johnny Callas to stop the bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 1:28 of the third round. His eye of the tiger gone, confused, and with no alternate game plan, Stevens was an easy target. It was a bitter end for Stevens, 30-7 with 22 knockouts, Brownsville, New York
After getting knocked down in the second round and stopped by Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin in 2013 in eight rounds, his first attempt to win the World Middleweight title, Stevens was never the same fighter. Early career losses to Marcos Primera (Stevens won a rematch), Andre Dirrell and Jesse Brinkley showed chinks in Stevens’ armor, which Omotoso found.
The first time this reporter witnessed Stevens in action was in April 2009 when Stevens outpointed the dangerous Don Mouton over eight rounds in Howard Beach, New York. It was early in Stevens’ professional career. Young, fast, but still cautious, Stevens outworked Mouton, who won three rounds on the judges’ scorecards in a hard-fought decision bout.
This reporter was in the Romaro Johnson corner when Stevens knocked out Johnson in the first round in March 2012 at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. This reporter was at ringside when Stevens ruined the career of his friend, middleweight Patrick Majewski, retiring him by knocked him down three times in the first round in a televised bout at Resorts international Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in January 2014. After losing a 12 round IBF eliminator to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in October 2014, getting knocked down again, Stevens took a year off, then won two comeback bouts in 2016 over James De La Rosa and Patrick Texeira, Stevens then faded. In March 2017, David Lemieux knocked out Stevens cold in a televised bout from Turning Stone Hotel & Casino in Verona, New York, to win Stevens’ WBC Continental Americas Middleweight title and the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title. After a comeback win in the Dominican Republic in July 2018, Stevens seems poised to rise in the 160 pounds division once more. What motivated him to drop weight to 154 and change divisions? Possibly he felt his 5 foot 7 height would work better at 154lbs.