Curtis Stevens is ready to fight again with a spring bout in the works
Curtis Stevens is ready to focus on boxing again.
After taking a detour into Big Knockout Boxing in 2015, Stevens will likely see action in the spring in a “fairly high profile situation” that if successful, will put him back into middleweight contention, Main Events promoter Kathy Duva told RingTV.com on Tuesday.
“We’re going to put him in a fight where he’s going to be tested and if he wins he’s on the verge again,” said Duva, who declined to go into detail because the deal is still being ironed out. “We’re going to have him fighting very soon and we’re trying to finalize the deal but he will be in a fairly high profile situation within the next few months.”
When he returns, he may have a new trainer, with longtime coach, Andre Rozier, also his uncle, no longer in the corner, Duva said.
Stevens, who is still just 30, fought just once in 2015 and it wasn’t in a boxing ring. Stevens and Gabriel Rosado participated in a Big Knockout Boxing match last April in which fighters enter a saucer-like pit that is half the size of a boxing ring and has no ropes. The two fought to a majority draw, the only action of 2015 for Stevens.
“He fought that fight on Big Knockout Boxing because frankly they were offering him so much damn money,” Duva said. “There were fights that would have given him a higher profile in the boxing business and he would have made a fraction of what he earned.”
Duva is confident that Stevens (27-5, 20 knockouts) is focused solely on his boxing career again and trying to contend for a title. Stevens challenged Gennady Golovkin unsuccessfully for the WBA title in 2013 with his corner stopping the fight after the seventh round. He also lost a decision to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in October of 2014 in a title eliminator, the last time Stevens has stepped foot in a boxing ring.
“Now he’s ready to get back into the professional boxing world and we’re trying to put him in a fight that will be a really interesting fight,” Duva said. “And if he wins it he’ll be right back on course.”