By Francisco Salazar
With a lingering title fight against Gennady Golovkin hanging over his head, middleweight Curtis Stevens was far from a distracted fighter.
That was bad news for Saul Roman, who bore the brunt of a statement Stevens wanted to make, if he was making one.
Stevens scored a spectacular one-punch knockout over Roman at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout headlined a “Fight Night” card, presented by Main Events.
Over three years ago, Stevens was pushing towards journeyman status after losing a 12 round unanimous decision to Jesse Brinkley. It is a far cry to now, as Stevens is being mentioned as a possible opponent to challenge Golovkin for his IBO/WBA titles in November.
Those rumors were further fueled after Golovkin stopped Matthew Macklin on June 29th, a fight where Stevens was ringside.
The hard-hitting Roman was believed to be capable of giving Stevens some rounds. There were some who thought Roman would catch Stevens looking past him.
However, Stevens showed early in the opening round that he was better technician and the harder puncher of the two. That was evident about midway through the round as Stevens dropped Roman with a counter left hook to the head.
Roman got up and tried to fight back, trying to withstand the blitzkrieg that was Stevens’ offense. However, Roman dropped his right hand, allowing Stevens to throw and land another counter left hook to the head. Roman dropped flat onto his back, prompting referee Michael Ortega to immediately wave the fight over at 2:26.
With both fighters coming off brutal knockouts, a fight between Golovkin and Stevens has a lot of steam. Loeffler confirmed to Boxingscene.com in late June that the plan was to have Golovkin fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 2nd. The bout would air on HBO.
That would also depend if Loeffler is able to enter into an agreement with Kathy Duva, Stevens’ promoter.
Stevens, from Brownsville, NY, goes to 25-3, 18 KOs. Román, from Tijuana, Baja California, México, drops to 37-10, 31 KOs. Roman’s three-bout winning streak is snapped with the loss.
Adamek decisions Guinn
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek won a workmanlike 10 round unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn.
Adamek was coming off an over seven-month layoff from his last fight on December 22nd. He won a questionable 12 round split decision over Steve Cunningham.
Guinn replaced Tony Grano over two weeks ago when Grano backed out of the fight due to a neck injury. Guinn was coming off a first round knockout over Stacy Frazier on June 8th.
The first two rounds were fairly even as Adamek worked well behind a jab and Guinn found success countering with right hands to the head. The fight seemed to swing in Adamek’s favor in the third round, especially after both fighters collided heads, resulting in a cut over his right eye.
Adamek threw and landed more, using good ring generalship to set up his punches to the head of Guinn during the middle rounds.
As the fight progressed, Guinn looked like he was mentally-beaten, relegating to throwing one punch at a time. However, Adamek did not press for a knockout, wary of Guinn’s power, electing to box his way until the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Adamek, 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 98-92 in favor of Adamek.
The Polish-born Adamek, who resides in Jersey City, New Jersey, improves to 49-2, 29 KOs. Guinn, from Hot Springs, AR, falls to 34-10-1, 23 KOs.
Mchunu upends Chambers
In the opening televised bout, Thabiso Mchunu pulled off the upset, beating former heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers by a wide 10 round unanimous decision.
Chambers had not fought since a 12 round unanimous decision loss to Tomasz Adamek in June of last year. However, Chambers made headlines in recent months, announcing he would drop down in weight to compete in the cruiserweight division.
Mchunu had won his last three fights in a row since being stopped by Zack Mwekassa in the sixth round back in September of 2011.
It was a tactical fight between the two counter-punching fighters. To those in attendance, it was too tactical, as portions of the fight were highlighted by the crowd booing due to the lack of action in the ring.
Mchunu did enough to win the early rounds by being busier over Chambers. During the middle rounds, Chambers began to open up, throwing more right hands to the head.
Gaining more confidence in the second half of the fight, the southpaw Mchunu landed with more authority to the head and body. He was successful landing the left hand to the head and body.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Mchunu, 99-91, 99-91, and 97-93. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 99-91.
Mchunu, from Durban, South Africa, improves to 14-1, 10 KOs. Chambers, from Philadelphia, PA, drops to 36-4, 18 KOs.
- Kenny Rice and BJ Flores called the fight from ringside for NBC Sports Network.
- Main Events will be involved with another promotion as light heavyweight contender Sergey Kovalev, whom they promote, will fight Nathan Cleverly on August 17th in Cardiff, Wales.
- Ring announcer was Joe Antonacci.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on twitter at FSalazarBoxing