Middleweight contender Curtis "Showtime" Stevens, 23-3-(17), is raring to go for his next outing, an 8-rounder against Derrick Findley, 20-9-(13), scheduled for Saturday afternoon, April 20th, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The fight will be topped by the Tyson Fury vs. Steve Cunningham heavyweight elimination bout.
Stevens has been fighting as a pro since 2004, but it is his last two bouts that have started attracting serious attention. In January, he disposed of the usually durable Elvin Ayala in less than one round to win the vacant NABF middleweight title. That highlight-reel KO was his second straight first-round stoppage, and the Brooklyn native is looking to add another knockout to his collection.
"I don’t get paid for overtime," Stevens said about his upcoming fight. "I go rounds in the gym, not in the ring."
Certainly Stevens has been on a real tear after a layoff stalled his promising career. But now that he’s fighting regularly and has trimmed down to the middleweight division, the New Yorker looks like he could be a real player among the top fighters in the world.
In Findley, Stevens will be up against a sturdy opponent who’s never been knocked out and who is always looking for a fight.
"He looks to knock you out, and that’s what I do too," Findley said. "I’m pretty sure I won’t have to look for him, and he damn sure won’t have to look for me."
If this is true, the fight figures to be explosive.