Curtis Stevens was born on March 10, 1985 in Brooklyn, NY. A devastating puncher, Stevens has amassed a record of 21-3, 15KO since first turning pro back in 2004. Stevens is currently rated as the IBF #5 rated super middleweight in the world.
Stevens began boxing at the ripe age of 5. Growing up on the tough streets of Brownsville fighting came natural to Stevens. Stevens had his first amateur fight at the age of 8 years old and has been boxing ever since. Stevens fought in and won a number of amateur titles and tournaments, which in turn resulted in over 300 total amateur fights. Stevens also has also been credited with amassing the third most knockouts in New York State Amateur history. Stevens was also the 2002 U.S. Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion.
July 11th, 2009, Stevens scored the most impressive win of his professional career stopping previously unbeaten Piotr Wilczewski (22-1, 7KO) in the third round of their scheduled ten round super middlweight contest.
Stevens, who improved to 21-2, 15KO, completely annhiliated Wilczewski, dropping him two times, once in the first, and once again in the third. With Wilczewski taking heavy punishment against the ropes, the referee called a halt to the contest at 1:46 of round number three. With the win Stevens positions himself one step closer to a world title oppurtunity.
Stevens turned pro on September 30th in 2004 at the age of 19. In his first pro fight Stevens went straight through his opponnet TKO'ing his opponent one minute and forty seven seconds into the very first round. This would become a recurring theme as Steven’s ran his record to 13-0 11 KO’s in just two years time earning the name “Chin Checker,” and creating a boxing buzz that had some people even comparing Stevens’ aggressive style and knockout power to another Brooklyn native, Mike Tyson.
In Stevens' 14th pro fight he was completely outworking and easily beating tough veteran Marcos Primera when he got caught late in the 8th rd. Stevens was stunned but by no means out. That being said the ref jumped in and stopped the fight, giving the TKO victory to Primera. The bout was hotly contested as many people felt the stoppage was very premature. Stevens demanded a rematch immediately and got his wish not even four months later. The rematch saw much of the same, with Stevens completely dominating the fight from the opening bell to the finish. He had avenged his only defeat by way of unanimous decision and was ready to move on with his promising career.
Three more wins, and Stevens found himself in a position to take another major step towards becoming one of the elite fighters in the Super Middleweight division. Stevens signed up to fight fellow prospect and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medal winner Andre Dirrell (11-0 7 KO). The fight was broadcasted live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark on September 16th in 2007. In what many believed would be the fight of the night, Dirrell chose to run and spent almost the entire fight fighting from the outside pot shotting, while Stevens tried to apply pressure and cut off his elusive opponent. In the end Steven’s could never fully close the gap, and Dirrell was awarded a unanimous but extremely boring decision.
After the Dirrell fight Stevens took about a year off of boxing to rest his body and re-think his game plan. He split ways with promoter Lou Dibella and signed a multi-year deal contact with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
In Stevens’ first fight under the Star banner he took on tough veteran and long-time game and dangerous opponent Thomas Reid (35-21-1 13KO). After a feeling out first round, which saw the edge go to Steven’s, he was caught at the end of the round with two picture perfect right hands. Stevens visibly hurt found a way to get off the canvas and make it back to his stool. Many in attendance did not know how Stevens would react or handle the knockdown. But Stevens came right back out in the second round and put on a spirited effort throughout the next seven rounds. The fight was back and forth but going into the eighth round you could see the heavy blows from Stevens had begun to take their toll on the veteran Reid. A thudding left hook stunned Reid in the eighth and being the excellent closer he is, Stevens jumped all over him. A vicious flurry against the ropes caused the referee to jump in and save Reid from any further damage. Stevens impressed many with his display of heart, will and determination. He answered many of his critics by getting off the canvas and coming back to score an impressive 8th round TKO.
November 7th, 2008 Stevens annihilated Ray Smith (8-3, 2KO) in just 48 seconds of the very first round at the Bally's Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A devasting right left combination sent Smith down hard. With the win Stevens improved his record to 19-2, 14KO and looks to set up a big fight for himself in 2009.
April 28, 2009, Stevens won an eight round unanimous decision over 'dangerous' Don Mouton of Houston, Texas.
"The fight was fought at center ring, and the bout was much closer than the scoring indicated. From ringside the bout appeared even, but the rounds appeared close and difficult to score. Stevens, now 20-2 with 14 kayos, and Mouton, now 8-4-1 with 7 kayos, fought a brutal toe-to-toe war at close quarters at center ring from rounds two through eight. Stevens won the first round, however, by emptying his guns and unloading power shots with Mouton unhurt against the ropes weathering the storm, trying to get Stevens to punch himself out. Later in the bout, on those occasions when Stevens did get Mouton against the ropes, Stevens changed tactics and landed more right-left combinations than Mouton countered with and this proved the slight difference. However Mouton appeared appeared as 'dangerous' as his name, and with both fighters coming forward pressuring each other in top condition fighting a world class caliber bout, the crowd was on the edge of their seats in a thriller." (boxrec)
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