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“Showtime” is ready to headline this Saturday!

Harney_Curtis_Stevens004By Lou McLaughlin; photos by Emily Harney

Brooklyn’s rising middleweight sensation Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs) is headlining the Main Events “Three to See” card this Saturday at Mohegan Sun which will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

In his previous showing at the Mohegan Sun this past January, Stevens needed just 1:10 of the first round to finish off the usually durable Elvin Ayala for the vacant NABF middleweight title.

In his last fight, Stevens won a wide unanimous decision against Derrick Findley (in April of 2013). The eight-round distance contest allowed Stevens to showcase his full repertoire of skills, as he utilized a hard jab to set combinations to body and head while in the defensive mode, Stevens exhibited an almost impenetrable guard with his hands held tight as he countered his opponent at will.

This Saturday, the 28-year old Stevens is taking on tough Saul “La Fiera” Roman (37-9, 31 KOS) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Stevens was gracious enough to take time from his preparations to grant FightNews an interview:

What got you into boxing? What can you tell me about your amateur career?

My Uncle brought me to the gym when I was five years old. Once there I just liked it and liked throwing punches and made it into a career. I had my first amateur fight when I was eight years old.

Harney_Curtis_Stevens001After your fight with Jesse Brinkley in January 2010 you took off over two years. What was behind that?

A promotional dispute with my promoter of that time. Now I am with the Main Events.

You have fought at super-middleweight and even at light heavy weight when you contested for the USA New York State light heavyweight title in 2006. Why the drop to middleweight?

168 wasn’t the right weight. I’m a little more focused now. I am more mature now so I dropped down to 160 because it was the right thing to do.

Think you’ll ever go back up in weight?

If the right opportunity presents itself. Why not?

What do you know about Saul Roman? He has a 46-bout career. This will be your 27th bout. He is a tough experienced veteran who will put on a lot of pressure.

He’s Mexican and comes to fight. He’s experienced and has more knockouts than I have wins. I know he will want to come in close.

He is 5’10” you are 5’ 7”. How does this factor?

I have some of the best sparring and stable mates in New York City and the boxing game right now: Marcus Browne, Sean Monaghan, Glen Tapia, and my other stable mates. The sparring has been excellent. They are all taller than me. They are all excellent boxers and I have been mixing it up with them really well. I have been a shorter guy my entire career even in the amateurs so height is not a factor. I just have to go in there and stick to my game plan and do what I have to do. I don’t believe he is going to run around the ring. But who knows? He may run or he may come forward. Whatever he does we are prepared for it.

How is your training going? Are you doing any special preparation for Roman?

Everything has been good fast hands. I have been working more on speed than power, just trying to be a little quicker with my hands and feet. With speed comes the power.

Right now you are world ranked 9th by the IBF and their champion is Daniel Geale. You are ranked 10th by the WBC and their champion Sergio Martinez. Who would you want if Main Events could secure you a title shot?

It doesn’t really matter. Any of the champions! Maybe Geale.

Any other names in the middleweight division you would want to call out?

I have been calling them all out. They are all on my radar. They all have the belts. I’m not going to single out any special one. They are all on my radar.

Harney_Curtis_Stevens002Outside of boxing, what are your activities and interests?

My son mostly, I have a little son two years old.

Open mike. Anything you want to say to the public, fans, family?

In the current state of the middleweight division don’t be surprised if I become a unified middleweight champion. And remember I told you so.

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Saturday’s NBC Sports Network “Three to See” telecast will also feature former heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) of Philadelphia – now campaigning as a cruiserweight – against Thabisco Mchunu (13- 1, 10 KOs) of South Africa. Additionally, heavyweight contender Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) will be showcased as he battles Dominick Guinn (34-9-1, 23 KOs).

Tickets are $120 or $35 (plus facility fees) and can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun box office (860-862-8499 or toll free at 888-226-7711 ext. 8499). The NBC Sports Network telecast begins at 10:30p ET/7:30p PT.

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