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N'Dam-Stevens Tops ESPN's FNF, 10/1 in Santa Monica

By Mike Coppinger

The IBF middleweight title eliminator between Hassan N'Dam and Curtis Stevens finally is set.

The bout will headline ESPN2's Friday Night Fights from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on Oct. 1, N'Dam's manager Gary Hyde told BoxingScene.com on Wednesday.

The winner of the matchup will be the mandatory to 160-pound beltholder Sam Soliman.

"Myself and Hassan are super confident that he will be victorious when he fights Curtis Stevens in their final eliminator Oct. 1st," Hyde said. "Hassan's powerful promoter Michael King won the bid to host the show which will give Hassan home advantage."

N'Dam, whose lone loss came to Peter Quillin in Oct. 2012, chimed in on the opportunity.

"It's great to be right in the 160 mix and I will win this fight by putting on a master class performance," N'Dam told BScene. "If I had to hand pick an opponent who I would like to have fought, this is the guy."

N'Dam's manager King Sports surprisingly won the purse bid on July 14, outbidding Stevens promoter Main Events $80,000 to $62,000. Michael King has been putting on fights in Santa Monica, so the location is a natural.

Main Events, if it won the rights to the fight, was planning to stage it in Connecticut and televise on NBC in September.

N'Dam (30-1, 18 KOs) last fought in April, a shutout win over Fulencio Zuniga. Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) fought Tureano Johnson that same month, coming out on a top in a brawl.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sicko on 07-31-2014

Nothing wrong with fighting on ESPN FNF at all, I agree they're having a good year but it can be EVER BETTER for them if they was to get behind it 100%, maybe do some of the events on their…

Comment by swifty007 on 07-31-2014

Very good matchup and interesting fight. ESPN has really stepped their game up this year. I miss being able to catch great fights on regular cable or network tv.

Comment by ea22 on 07-30-2014

I am really looking forward to this fight, I am big fan of Stevens' and the style clash should make for a great fight. Fight could go either way, Stevens while a big puncher is not a very good boxer,…

Comment by -PBP- on 07-30-2014

ESPN has been solid this year

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 07-30-2014

N'dam-Stevens is a great main event for espn... This will be a good fight with a great contrast of styles.. Boxer vs puncher... Should be an excellent fight and the winner will get a big fight

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