By Derek Gionta, ringside: Curtis "Cerebral Assassin" Stevens, 29-5 (21), of Brownsville, NY, defeated Texas’ "King" James De La Rosa by a ten round unanimous decision, retaining his WBC Continental Americas belt on the opening televised bout on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Stevens came out strong from the opening bell, landing a big left hook early on. Later in the round he found the left hook again to the head of De La Rosa, dropping him to the canvas.
He came out firing the next two rounds, looking to get the stoppage.
Before the fourth round, it was understood he told his corner he injured his left hand, seemingly affecting his attack over the duration of the fight.
De La Rosa hung in tough, winning a couple rounds on my scorecard.
Stevens picked it up a bit in the seventh and had a point deducted in the eighth, tightening his margin a bit.
The Brooklyn native, trained by John David Jackson, finished the fight strong en route to scores of 96-96 x 2, and 98-90.
November 19, 2016