Curtis Stevens returns this Friday night after making quick work of Patrick Majewski in January of this year. Looking for a more high profile fight, Stevens was denied a return on HBO this weekend against Hasan N’Dam when the network chose to air a bout with Karim Mayfield and Thomas Dulorme. So instead of waiting on the sidelines, Stevens will stay busy on NBC Sports Network against undefeated yet, untested Tureano Johnson. Johnson had some choice words for Stevens on ThaBoxingVoice radio show last weekend. Stevens welcomes the trash talk.
“He’s’ an athlete. If he has to do that he has to do that. I’m not mad he said that. This is boxing; he’s supposed to talk shit. If you don’t talk shit, why you in the sport? I just hope he can back it up,” Stevens told ThaBoxingVoice.com
Stevens has wanted to share the same ring with WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin but his call out on NBC Sports Network fell on deaf ears and Quillin chose another route in his return in April.
Stevens says he may take the call out approach to another level.
“Do I get him? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe after I take Tureano out, I call Chocolate out and tell him Al ain’t got nothing to do with it, send the motherfuckin contract, Brooklyn’s my home, you just moved there. Yeah it could go like that. I could go to his fight and pull a Mosley and say wassup motherfucka, why you ducking me. It could happen if I push it. Look at the Golovkin fight, I pushed it and it happen,” explained Stevens
In an interview with ThaBoxingVoice.com, Danny Jacobs said that he was definitely aiming for Peter Quillin and if all goes well, that fight could be next. Stevens and Jacobs share the same trainer in Andre Rozier and are both from Brooklyn but Stevens feels he is more deserving.
“Danny’s my man but I been knocking motherfuckers out. He’s been getting his job done, I been really getting the job done. You know he has the same manager or advisor whatever it is. So if he gets the fight he gets the fight. I told Chocolate, tell Schaefer and Haymon send the contract. It’s up to you as a fighter, don’t tell me Richard or Al, its on you” stated Stevens.
When Adonis Stevenson signed with Al Haymon and jumped ship to Showtime, Stevens’ promoter Kathy Duva had choice words for those involved mainly Showtime, Stevenson, and Richard Schaefer almost creating a thicker wall between making a possible Quillin-Stevens fight. Stevens says that should give the other side more intention to make the fight. “That’s my promoter, I’m riding with her. Send the contracts. I believe they should make it happen really now. Promoters can’t fight each other, let us do the fighting for you,” said Stevens.
Stevens also didn’t hold his tongue on his opinion of Stevenson.
“Little bitch, lucky Shot and in his hometown. Chad (Dawson) got up, you know how many people Chad knocked out, he was the champion and that’s the stuff I hate about boxing too. You have to give a fighter a chance. We train 8 weeks for this. This doesn’t come easy for us, you just don’t stop a fight like that,” stated Stevens.
Stevens also feels his stablemate Kovalev is the best at 175 and there isn’t even close competition on the other side of the street.
“Now who he’s fighting, a bunch of B dudes; Fonfora, Bika, and Hopkins are not Kovalev. He ain’t want it. Kovalev’s dangerous. “
During the interview Stevens explained that there’s a different between fighting on one network over another.
“HBO Money or Showtime Money? HBO does a card. You have HBO Championship Boxing and HBO Boxing After Dark. Then you have Showtime Championship Boxing and a ShoExtreme. Danny (Jacobs) fighting on Sho Extreme. Would HBO ever have a Boxing After Dark then a Championship boxing card? No, plain and simple, numbers have to match up. But now when you sign contracts, you have Sho Extreme and Sho Championship Boxing. You fight on Sho Extreme, you get ShoExtreme money, you fight HBO Boxing After Dark, you get HBO Boxing After Dark Money. I fought Golovkin, you get HBO Championship Boxing money, see what I’m saying? There levels to this. If they fought all on one card, you get that good money but you fought on Sho Extreme, you aint getting that Sho Championship boxing money.”
When it all comes down to it, he just wants the Quillin fight but isn’t going to thank Al Haymon.
“Al, I would thank you but you aint do nothing for me.”