Super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens has vowed to KO former Contender star Jesse Brinkley in front of his hometown fans when they meet on January 29th at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. The 12 rounder is an IBF Super Middleweight eliminator for the #2 ranking (Stevens is currently rated #10, while Brinkley is rated #6) and will be shown live as the main event on that evening’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast. “He will realize he made a mistake when he wakes up on his stool or back in his dressing room because I promise you I am going to knock him out cold,” claimed Stevens. “I’m going to catch him and when I do he is going to go to sleep. 2010 is going to be my year. I’m calling out all champions and contenders, you better be ready, because this is my time.”
As for fighting in Brinkley’s backyard, Stevens said “I feed off the crowd so the more hostile the environment, the worse off it will be for him. As I already told Jesse and all his fans when I went to first announce the fight in Reno, he hasn’t ever been in the ring with someone like me. To be honest, when I first heard about the fight I really couldn’t believe he accepted it. If he thinks he is going to use me as his stepping stone to bigger things in the super middleweight division, then he is in for a rude awakening.”
The 24-year-old Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) is currently riding a four bout streak since joining Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing stable of promoted fighters.
The card, billed as Reno Extreme Fights II, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions. ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” will begin live coverage of the event at 10PM ET. The bout will take place at the Grand Theatre inside the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Doors open at 6PM with the first bout scheduled for 6:30PM. Tickets are priced at $100, $75, or $40. Call 800-648-3568.