Curtis Stevens returns against Taureano Johnson on April 4
Brooklyn middleweight Curtis Stevens will be after his second straight knockout win against unbeaten Tureano Johnson on the undercard of the Steve Cunningham-Amir Mansour heavyweight fight on April 4 as part of the NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
In his last fight in January, Stevens (26-4, 19 knockouts) scored a 46-second knockout over Patrick Majewski to rebound from November's eighth-round stoppage loss to WBA 160-pound titleholder Gennady Golovkin.
"This is my life and my job. I like to fight and I don't want to have a break too long," said Stevens, who turned 29 on March 10. "I could get a little bit too relaxed. Hopefully, I can go six times this year."
Prior to facing Golovkin, Stevens, who is promoted by Main Events, had been on a run of four wins that included three first-round knockouts.
"I am back to the old Curtis. It looks like he likes to fight. He likes to stay in the paint, in the dog house and get it on. He looks like a more aggressive Derrick Findley," said Stevens, referring to a his eight-round unanimous decision over Findley last April.
"So this fight I might just stay toe-to-toe. He has a lot of knockouts, but when you check the guys that he has knocked out, its guys with records that are like 6-30. That is what he is supposed to do. If he wasn't knocking them out, I believe that would be a problem."
Promoted by Gary Shaw, the 30-year-old Johnson is 14-0 with 10 knockouts.
"On April 4, the world will be introduced to Tureano Johnson. This has been a long, hard road for me filled with blood, sweat and ruthless determination. I have been begging for this opportunity to pit my skills against the so-called best in my division. However, it is easier said than done in this world of boxing. No one would fight me until now," said Johnson.
"I respect Curtis Stevens. He is a strong, hard-punching fighter who has been in with the best. But he can't and won't beat me. To all the fans, don't miss this fight on NBCSN. I'm sure it is going to be a throw-back fight," said Johnson.
"It has been said that I'm not the most 'technical' fighter out there. Well it's true. I like to mix it up, throw hard punches, and get a little barbaric in the ring. I'm coming to fight, win impressive, and after April 4, I know I will get the fights I deserve."