Advertisement
Advertisement

Johnson Hopes He Doesn't Put Stevens "In The Hospital"

By Keith Idec

Tureano Johnson talks a great game, but the unbeaten Bahamian boxer’s unimpressive resume might make you think twice about whether he actually has any shot at upsetting Curtis Stevens on Friday night in Philadelphia.

That didn’t stop Johnson from insulting Stevens and promising to win with ease in by far the biggest fight of his four-year pro career.

“I am going to go in there and beat this guy up,” Johnson said during a press conference Wednesday. “He said I’m a slapper and a bit sloppy. Come Friday night, someone is going to get bitch-slapped. I am going to enjoy this, but I cannot say the same for him. Let’s pray I don’t put him in the hospital.”

Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs) defeated Detroit’s Willie Fortune (17-1, 8 KOs) in his last bout, but Fortune’s record before their February 2013 fight in Cabazon, Calif., also was built against pedestrian opposition. Even worse, Fortune was one of just three Johnson opponents that had winning records.

The 30-year-old Johnson clearly hasn’t fought an opponent as strong or as proven as Stevens (26-4, 19 KOs), yet he seems certain the hard-hitting Stevens can be out-boxed in their 10-round middleweight match.

“This is the most important fight of my life, but I don’t think it is the most difficult,” said Johnson, who hasn’t fought in 13 months. “I never fought anyone with Curtis Stevens’ power, but he is not going to catch me. That dude is not catching me. There is nothing he can show me.”

Stevens laughed off Johnson’s bravado. He has heard similar trash talk from opponents on Johnson’s level who failed to follow through on their promises.

“I will go in there and just take care of business,” Stevens said. “Yes, he’s undefeated, but he’s fought 14 softies. Come Friday, he is going to be in there with the real thing. I’m not going to tell him. I will have to show him.”

Brooklyn’s Stevens, 29, will fight for the second time since WBA middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) stopped him in the seventh round of their title fight Nov. 2 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. In his first fight after losing to Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, Stevens scored three knockdowns and a first-round technical knockout against Atlantic City’s Patrick Majewski (21-3, 13 KOs) on Jan. 24 in Atlantic City.

The Stevens-Johnson fight will open an NBC Sports Network doubleheader at 10 p.m. ET from Temple University’s Liacouras Center. Philadelphia’s Steve Cunningham (26-6, 12 KOs) and Amir Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs), of Wilmington, Del., will square off in the main event, a 10-rounder for Mansour’s USBA heavyweight title.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by boxrec on 04-04-2014

There are reasons to tune in to NBC sports broadcast tonight. Johnson was 2008 Olympian and trained with Cuban National team from 2003-2008. Sparring with Cubans day in and day out will teach you one thing....How to box. Johnson knows…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-04-2014

Looking forward to this one tonight... especially since it's at a friend's house and they're supplying the beer! HA Curtis will demolish this wannabe. Chin-check, drop, fold, mutilate, spindle, crease, spin-dry and put in a basket ready to be picked…

Comment by US Dirk Killer on 04-04-2014

GGG didn't even send him to the hospital

Comment by Graphic on 04-04-2014

doubt this guy last 5 rds with Stevens

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Video: Hopkins Sounds Off on State of Boxing, Mayweather, More Video: Canelo Slams Gennady Golovkin, Talks Khan Clash De La Hoya: To Those Who Know Boxing - Khan is HUGE Favorite Video: Bernard Hopkins Details The Need For Golovkin vs. Kovalev Amir Khan Will Not Rule Out Fighting Gennady Golovkin Next WBC President Outlines Canelo/Golovkin/Khan Title Resolution De La Hoya on Khan: I'm Actually Nervous For Canelo Video: Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference De La Hoya: I Won't Vote Trump, He Cheated Me in Golf Video: Bernard Hopkins Tells Golovkin To Follow His Lead Jose Benavidez-Francisco Santana in Play For Crawford-Postol Khan: If Trump Wins, Might Be Last Fight For Me, Canelo at MGM Photos: Canelo, Khan Face To Face at Final Presser Breazeale Warns Joshua: Prepare For War, I'll Be Guns Blazing Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans Adrien Broner Voting for Trump: He’ll Lower My Taxes Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense Video: Breazeale Confident Anthony Joshua is Going To Sleep Video: Joshua, Breazeale Go Face To Face and Trade Words Video: Joshua, Breazeale, SHO Press Conference Highlights Khan: I Won't Run For 12, I Will Stand and Trade With Canelo TMT Adds Gavril, Rakhmanov To ShoBox Card on May 13th Photos: Anthony Johsua, Dominic Breazeale Tense Face To Face Amir Khan: I Think It's Great To Be The Underdog Barroso's Adviser: If Crolla Tries To Trade, He Will Get KO'd Quickly Showtime Inks Anthony Joshua To Multi-Fight Deal Anthony Joshua's Promoter Plots Out Next Fights After Breazeale Butler vs. Kokeitgym Title Eliminator Set for June 4 Canelo Doubts Khan Will Switch Style, Create a Boring Fight Gassiev's Promoter Rates Povetkin's Chances WIth Wilder Crolla: There Are Questions, I'll Find Out How Good Barroso Is Nathan Cleverly To Feature On Burns-Di Rocco Bill Mike Mollo Faces Rudenko in Odessa; SES 6/4 Card Shapes Up Lucas Matthysse Could Return To The Ring in The Fall Video: De La Hoya Talks Mayweather, Canelo, Khan, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement