Former middleweight title contender Curtis Stevens (29-6, 21KO’s) has confirmed that he intends to drop down to 154Ibs in the New Year. Now 32, ‘Showtime’ is coming off the back of a devastating knockout defeat at the hands of David Lemieux in March.
Despite making his debut in 2004, Curtis Stevens is still hunting for his first world title. Failing to find world honours at 168 and 160, the American is looking to reignite his career at light-middleweight. Stevens feels that the 154Ibs division has become depleted and he could take advantage of a weight class short on talent. Although the New York-based fighter is yet to have an opponent confirmed, ‘Showtime’ has expressed an interest in a showdown with WBC champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15KO’s) or IBF titleholder Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15KO’s).
Curtis Stevens move to 154
Although Stevens may feel that he adds a new name to the light-middleweight division, ‘Showtime’ will find it difficult to secure a fight with Charlo. His third-round knockout defeat to David Lemieux saw Stevens splayed unconscious beneath the ropes in what has been regarded as the Knockout of the Year.
Having not fought again in the remainder of 2017, the 32-year-old is now only ranked #12 by the WBC. Despite the 27-year-old Charlo reportedly eyeing unification fight with new WBO champion Sadam Ali. Stevens has been trying his best to attract the attention of ‘Iron Man’.
Speaking to FightHub TV earlier this week, Stevens explained his decision to move to 154 and how he feels Charlo is a vulnerable champion. Stevens said: “Charlo is at 154. I’ll move down for the fight. Everybody is at 160 though, but nobody is at 154 no more. Mayweather retired. Cotto retired. The money is at 160 and 154, but no one is there at 154. Everybody is moving up. I’m moving down.” When asked about his chances against the younger of the Charlo brothers, Stevens went on to add. “Charlo is going to be the easiest to fight.”
Although Stevens may be desperate to jump straight in at the deep end. The 32-year-old would be wise to steer clear of ‘Iron Man’ for the time being. While Stevens has lost three of his last seven fights, Charlo is currently on a four-fight knockout streak and remains undefeated at 154.
However, Curtis Stevens’ trainer Andre Rozier feels that a showdown with IBF champion Jarrett Hurd could be a more logical step. Speaking to ATG Radio, Rozier said: “Hurd would be a great fight for him, because he’s gonna come [forward] and before he realizes what’s coming at him he’s going to get hit with some thunder”.
Standing at 6’1, Hurd is an enormous light-middleweight and would come in 6Inch taller than Stevens. Still undefeated, Hurd is also coming off the back of a career-best victory over former world champion Austin Trout.