Jerry Glick reporting: Power punching Curtis “Showtime” Stevens will get what every fighter wants; a chance to be a world champion. That opportunity will take place in Madison Square Garden on November 2nd. It won’t be a walk in New York’s Central Park though, he will have to beat the much feared, hard hitting, WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to accomplish his dream.
Why fight Golovkin, who has such a fearsome reputation? “He’s the toughest, so why not,” but Stevens is not so impressed with the Champ, “He’s fighting junior middleweights like (Gabriel) Rosado; and (Matthew) Macklin was scared shitless,” said Stevens as he talked by phone to the media.
Stevens added that he is taking tips from former heavyweight king Larry Holmes who’s jab is considered one of the best ever. “Larry is showing me how to use my jab,” he explained.
Told that Golovkin, 27-0 (24 KOs), wants to be more technical, Stevens, 28, said that he is trying to be faster. “I have a conditioning coach to improve my endurance,” added Curtis. “I can punch, I can box, I can fight inside, I can do anything. I will do what I to do.”
Stevens, 25-3 (18 KOs), turned pro as a lightheavyweight but in recent fights he campaigned as a middleweight, he has been fighting at around 162, so he believes that coming as light as 158, is very possible. He indicated that conditioning will not be a problem on fight night.
“I’m hungry,” he claimed, “And I want blood. My motivation is seeing that belt around his waist. I want to decapitate him.”
The show will be promoted by Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions and Kathy Duva’s Main Events. It will be broadcast on HBO.
October 3, 2013