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 Last update:  7/25/2013       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Stevens Confident He Would Beat, Knock Golovkin Out
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by David P. Greisman

Some fighters arent willing to discuss too much in the way of specific future opponents, not when they have a bout already set and coming up and are being asked about who they would like to face afterward.

Curtis Stevens isnt one of those fighters. He knows what he wants and who after his upcoming fight with Saul Roman on the Aug. 3 episode of NBC Sports Networks Fight Night.

If its up to me, Id fight a champion right now, Stevens said during a July 25 media conference call. The question is, Are they willing to give me a shot? It aint necessarily Am I ready? Are they ready and willing to give me a shot? But like I said, Im high risk.

He said nobody wants to be in there to get hit by him. His ideal choice of opponent, however, is a middleweight whose power has been making waves.

If it was up to me, Id take Gennady Golovkin, Stevens said. Im calling him out. People are scared to fight him. Im asking to fight him, but his trainer is saying Im not ready. I dont understand how Im not ready if Im asking to fight. Hes fighting 154-pounders, so I dont understand whats the big problem with me. Abel Sanchez, hes smart. Hes not going to put Gennady in there with me, because hes going to get his first loss of his career and hes going to get knocked out.

From what Ive seen, Gennady likes to fight. I like to fight, too. Hes a power puncher. Im a power puncher. Why not? Im strong. I have a lot of knockouts. And I have one-punch knockout power.

First he has to take out Roman, a 33-year-old with a record of 37-9 and 31 knockouts. Stevens is 28 and is on his fourth fight back since returning to the sport last year from a two-year layoff. He is now 24-3 with 17 knockouts.

Even though I have Saul Roman, I still brainstorm and think about the other people, Stevens said at one point. After Saul, Ive got to always determine whats going to be next. I feed off of that. I always keep that in the back of my mind.

I just got to wait my turn, he said later. I got to wait. Im anxious to get it, I got to wait. Its not going to go on my time. If it was going to go on my time, I probably wouldve had a shot already. They the champs. They determine who they want to give the shot to. So I just got to wait, and hopefully they give me the shot.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at fightingwords1@gmail.com

Tags: Gennady Golovkin , Curtis Stevens



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comment by Hougigo, on 07-30-2013
[QUOTE=The Weebler II]Looks like Stevens's promoter doesn't want the fight: [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/4730/golovkin-return-in-the-works[/url] In other news, Sergio Mora has signed with Lou Di Bella. Not sure if that increases or decreases the possibility of a Gol...

comment by Weebler I, on 07-30-2013
Looks like Stevens's promoter doesn't want the fight: [QUOTE]The other name on the short list is Curtis Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs), who makes a lot of sense for the fall in New York. First off, Stevens is from Brooklyn. Second, he has a fight set for Saturday, so the schedule lines up rather nicel...

comment by Check, on 07-26-2013
I wouldn't mind seeing this fight. Doubt Stevens wins but he has a better chance than a lot of guys. At 160 he can really bring a punch.

comment by Weebler I, on 07-26-2013
"Showtime" Stevens might get this shot... [QUOTE]Golovkin is coming off of his 14th-straight knockout last month against Matthew Macklin, whom Martinez stopped in March of last year. "If Stevens wins on August 3, he might get his wish, as we are planning the next fights for GGG," said [Tom] Loe...

comment by ИATAS, on 07-26-2013
HBO could offer Geale good money considering they are having a real hard time landing a decent opponent.

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