Promoter Main Events announced Thursday that middleweights Elvin Ayala and Curtis "Showtime" Stevens will meet in the 10-round co-feature bout on the next nationally televised edition Fight Night on NBC Sports Network, January 19, 2013.
The anticipated meeting will precede the 10-round light heavyweight main event between Sergey Kovalev, 19-1, 17 KOs, and Gabriel Campillo, 21-4-1, 7 KOs.
Elvin Ayala, 26-5-1, 12 KOs, of New Haven, CT, is riding a six-bout winning streak (three by KO), and will be looking to add Stevens’ name to that list. In his last fight, Ayala looked strong stopping John Mackey at the Mohegan Sun in July.
"I feel good. Curtis Stevens is a big name. A lot of people know who he is. They say he’s a beast, and I like that," said Ayala, "I feel good about being back on TV. I’m definitely coming to make a statement. I’m training hard for it."
Curtis Stevens, 22-3, 16 KOs, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, is coming off a quick stoppage of Romaro Johnson in his most recent appearance (TKO1) , and holds past wins over former champion Carl Daniels, undefeated Piotr Wilczewski, and road warrior Dhafir Smith.