Curtis Stevens gets toppled in three rounds by Wale Omotoso!
Boy O boy, Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (31-7, 22 KO’s) had a short night in the office, but not the kind he wanted!
Serving as the opening bout for Adam Kownacki vs Chris Arreola, Stevens fought against Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (28-4, 22 KO’s) like a shell of his former self. Before the conclusion of three rounds, the Cerebral Assassin would get dropped three times forcing referee Johnny Callas to call an end the action.
Stevens came out in round one moving purposefully behind a nifty jab and high, tight guard. Despite doing next to nothing but moving backwards, Omotoso managed to drop his advancing foe with a straight right.
The punch did not seem that devastating. Stevens rose from the shot quickly and treated the situation like it was a flash knockdown. After the knockdown the Brooklyn bruiser resumed control.
In the second round Omotoso opened up a bit more, but still was not really hitting the gas. It didn’t make a difference though, because once again he sent Stevens to the canvas.
The Cerebral Assassin rose again, however this time he did behave like he was a tad bit buzzed.
It appeared a real fight was about to break out in the third round when Steven pent Lucky Boy in a corner a smothered him in hurtful hooks. As the crowd roared Stevens was finally finding his grove.
That was until his Nigerian opposition dropped him for a third time with a crisp one-two down the pipe. For the third time Stevens made it to his feet, yet referee Callas didn’t like the way that he was swaying.
Given all the recent tragedies that the sport of boxing has suffered, it’s of little surprise that the match was ended.
“My coach told me to keep my hands up, be patient, box him and jab. He told me I should’t push it and that when the opening was there, I’d take it. That’s exactly what happened.
“I was just letting my hands go. On the second knockdown my confidence grew. I was glad to get the victory by knockout.
“I didn’t expect it to go exactly like that. I was just listening to my coach. The second knockdown was actually with my jab.
“I have to talk to my team about what’s next. I’m thankful for this opportunity. I’m so happy to have this win. Give me anybody next, I’m ready.”
Wale Omotoso – Junior Middleweight Contender
“He hit me with an overhand right in the first round that knocked my equilibrium. But that didn’t really effect me too much.
“I wasn’t stepping enough into my punches, i was reaching. I got caught when I was reaching.
“I was okay but the referee has to do his job. I was down three times so I know he was looking out for my best interests.”
Curtis Stevens – Middleweight Contender
Congrats to Team Omotoso for the great win on the big stage! As for Stevens, it appears that he longer has professional level punch resistance.
It really looks like its time for him to think about hanging the gloves up.
By: Bakari Simpson